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Mental Health Awareness Week 9th-15th May 2022



Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022


Mental Health Awareness week is an annual campaign to focus on achieving good mental health. It is part of the Mental Health Foundation that was established 21 years ago.

This year the campaign explores loneliness, the effect it has on our mental health and how we can reduce loneliness. Loneliness is a subjective feeling experienced when the need for social contact and relationships are not met. Although, loneliness doesn’t necessarily always mean it is the same as ‘being alone’.

Throughout the pandemic, many of us have faced isolation under the lockdown rules creating separation from friends and family.


Libraries and Mental Health 

Libraries can play an important role in bringing people together, fostering connections and communities. The Shelf Help collection at Edinburgh Napier University Library has been created to help students cope with different aspects of life such as starting university, managing finances, and eating healthily on a student budget. There are a wide range of books in Shelf Help aimed to help students understand and manage their health and wellbeing. These include books on topics such as dealing with stress and anxiety, specific learning difficulties including dyslexia and dyspraxia, and sexuality and relationships. Within Shelf Help there is also a loneliness section where you can find links to books on Library Search which can be borrowed or browsed in the library including:


Navigating Loneliness by Cheryl Rickman

The Cure for Loneliness by Bill Howatt


There is also a link to the ‘The Lonely Hour’ podcast where Julia Bainbridge aims to de-stigmatize loneliness by discussing the importance of finding joy in solitude and connecting with yourself. https://libguides.napier.ac.uk/c.php?g=653422&p=4968443

During Mental Health Awareness Week there will be displays in each ENU Library promoting the Shelf Help collection where you will be able to find books related to loneliness and other mental health topics. Please feel free to borrow the books from the displays!


Picture of books on a library shelf

Picture of books on a library shelf



Here are other ways that can help to tackle loneliness:

· There are group study rooms available for collaborative study at resourcebooker.napier.ac.uk. Studying together can help gain fresh insights into sharing knowledge!

· Join a club, class or even a society! This provides a sense of belonging and awakens that creative spirit. Edinburgh Napier’s Student Association holds societies to meet new people with similar interests. Find more information about the different societies at https://www.napierstudents.com/teamnapiersocieties/atozsocieties/

· Self-care, such as exercise, meeting friends and family, sleep and eating nutritiously have physical and emotional benefits to improving your well-being. You can check out resources

on the library blog for further support and building resistance https://blogs.napier.ac.uk/library/virtual-relaxation-space/


Group Study

Group Study


See the My Napier webpages for more information on Counselling and Wellbeing Support provided by the University.


Edinburgh Napier University support:

Counsellors and Mental Health Advisers

9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

0131 455 2459 counselling@napier.ac.uk

Emergency and Out of Hours Contacts





See the My Napier webpages for a full list of useful emergency & out of hours contacts.



By Jemma Lidgard and Sarah Jeffcott

Stress Awareness Month: Exams

Stress awareness month raises awareness of the causes, dangers and learning how to cope with stress. We want to highlight that exams can also be a challenging part of your time at university, but there are ways to help ease the stress and think positively!





  • Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, listening to music or perhaps drawing are ways of demonstrating creative revision and studying. Stretching is also a great way of relieving any tension and refocusing the brain!


  • You can find resources via the library Shelf-Help with books chosen to cope with exam stress and overcome uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and experiences.


  • If you are a visual learner and trying to tackle complex topics, post-it notes are a colourful and creative way to organise your thoughts!







  • You could study with a friend or even talk to a family member! This can boost your mood, motivation, and confidence.


  • Try a new environment to study in; take your books and laptop to a coffee shop or head on down to the library! Libraries offer quiet, comfortable, safe spaces to support you with your studies and revision. For example, Edinburgh Napier University Libraries have study spaces and group study rooms equipped with plasma screens and a whiteboard to accommodate your study needs. You can book these at resourcebooker.napier.ac.uk


  • Each campus library has a relaxation zone for you to take time out and explore your creative side. If you are studying from home there is also a virtual relaxation space on our library blog! 


  •  Have plenty of breaks and refreshments in between your studies!


Relax and study at home

Relax and study at home


  • Remember that your best is good enough and think about how far you have come with your goals and achievements.


For additional support visit



Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) Friday 18th March 2022

Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) is back, and you can find more information on how to get involved below:  



Comic Relief was originally founded in 1985 by Screen Writer Richard Curtis and British Charity Worker Jane Tewson. It is an annual campaign to end child poverty throughout the world, aiming to keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Comedian Lenny Henry introduced the first night in 1988 and from then on it has revolutionised fundraising in other shows like the Comic Relief British Bake-off. 


Red Nose Day 1988 (Griff Rhys Jones, Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross)

Red Nose Day 1988 (Griff Rhys Jones, Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross)

Even celebrities such as Mr. Blobby and Joanna Lumley have come together to support the charity! 



But why do people wear red noses for Comic Relief?  

The Red nose is the symbol of comic relief, worn to raise awareness of the campaign. The first design was introduced in 1988 and each year the designs are updated. The noses are now 100% plastic-free, made from bagasse which is a dry fibre after sugar canes are crushed for their juice. Each year there are different designs and this year you can find key rings, badges and even water bottles with exotic animals like flamingos and sloths! 


Red Nose Day badges

Red Nose Day Badges


Red Nose design 2005

Red Nose design 2005


Last year, over 55 million pounds was raised for Comic Relief in the UK. So, to help raise money this year you can fundraise online, host a quiz or game, donate to dress up (perhaps fancy dress), bake some delicious cakes, or buy a red nose from your local Sainsbury’s! 


New student? Next Steps

If you are a new student at Edinburgh Napier University, you will need to matriculate first and complete the steps below to begin.


1. Matriculation

This is where you officially register as a student, and it will take you to your student erecords where you can update personal and financial information. https://evision.napier.ac.uk/si/sits.urd/run/siw_lgn


2. Photo Manager

You will need to upload a photograph of yourself for your student ID card, remember to have a device (either mobile or webcam available) however before doing this you need to check that your address is up to date in the personal information section of step one. Once you have done this, take your photograph and upload it via the link below (you can do this from your phone or a computer/laptop): https://studentcard.napier.ac.uk/access/login

Please note that ID cards usually arrive within 5 working days.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your ID cards you can call iPoint on 0131 455 2929 or email idcards@napier.ac.uk



3. Edinburgh Napier App The Edinburgh Napier App (also My Account https://i.napier.ac.uk/campusm/home#menu ) is essential for your studies and gives you tiles to access all of your course essentials, and even printing credit!


My Account

My Account


4. Introduction to Computers and Library

This is a short introduction to the campus Computers and Libraries via Moodle where you can see how to access your emails, find books, log in and even print: https://moodle.napier.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=16910


5. Health and Safety

All students are asked to read covid-19 return to campus life Student Health and safety guidance and complete the student safe return to campus covid-19 checklist. You can find further information on the webpage below: https://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/governance-compliance/healthandsafety/Pages/HealthSafety.aspx?utm_source=staff.napier.ac.uk&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=has


6. Consent Matters

This is an online course to understand consent and positive change in the university community. It is encouraged to tackle sexual violence and misconduct: https://moodlecommunity.napier.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=296


7. Academic Integrity

Another online tutorial to demonstrate completing assessments with honesty and integrity. You will learn about referencing and plagiarism: https://napier.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c9a8f8ba-2e4f-4246-b508-ad90009b5692


You can find all the steps and information in the link below:



The library wishes you all the best with your studies!

International Day of Women and Girls in Science Friday 11th of February 2022

At Edinburgh Napier University, we want to celebrate all women and girls in science, from the past to the present day. Emerging from the shadows of history, women work together to find new inventions to improve the next generations. 







Here are some amazing Women Pioneers in Science that have and are helping to create a better future: 


  • Janaki Ammal was India’s first female plant scientist and Botanist. Ammal studied hybrid species and advocated for the biodiversity of India.  
  • Dorothy Lavinia Brown was the first African American female surgeon. She practiced in the South-eastern U.S. during the 1900s. 
  • Lauren Esposito is an arachnologist; you might be thinking what this means, and it involves a lot of legs… (a scientist who studies spiders and related animals such as scorpions)! But she is the only woman expert on scorpions in the world, and the co-founder of 500 Queer Scientists to boost awareness and recognition of LGBTQ+ people working in the STEM industry.  


Did you know that it is also estimated that only 25% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) are women? This shows that girls are often stereotyped from an early age in the classroom, as boys are more likely to pursue these subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Computing. The sector needs to be more diverse, and Equate Scotland works with women to be more inclusive: 



Laboratory technician

Laboratory technician



At Napier, there are Scholarships in partnership with the British Council available for women from Southeast Asia that support their studies for health and life sciences.  

You can find more information in the links below: 

British Council Women in STEM (napier.ac.uk) 



The library also has books available on Women and Girls in Science:




Throughout the pandemic, women have been working on the front lines of covid-19 as scientists, health workers, and more. It is important to always recognise and value Women’s and girls’ contributions in STEM and how they are working to create a better life for us all.  

Chinese New Year

For Chinese New Year, it is the year of the Tiger and one of the most important celebrations!


It celebrates the beginning of a new year also known as the Lunar Year from the 1st of February to the 15th of February. The holiday is called the Lunar Year because the dates follow the phases of the moon. Chinese New Year originates from around 3,500 years ago. Legend has it a monster named Nian (meaning Year), would attack villagers, livestock, and crops on the eve of new year. However, it would be afraid of loud noises, lights, crackled bamboo and red (often associated with danger), which were used to chase the monster away!


As the year ends and a new one begins, it is said to bring luck and prosperity by celebrating with feasts, decorations, firecrackers, fireworks, dragons, and red envelopes. It is quite an elaborate display spent with friends and family. Other traditions include cleaning the home to rid of any bad luck or spirit.





The last event of Chinese New Year is the lantern festival where people hang or carry glowing lanterns during an evening parade. A vivid and decorative dragon associated with luck is usually carried by dancers through the streets.






12 zodiac animals represent each year in the repeated zodiac cycle of 12 years, such as the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. As it is the year of the Tiger, this animal symbolises bravery and strength! People born in the years of the Tiger are 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022.


The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger



You can find past news on Chinese New Year at Edinburgh Napier, like the year of the Ox in 2021:



There is also the travel guide below to find more information about Chinese New Year and the Tiger zodiac:



Other links include:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Chinese-New-Year https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-history.htm


Edinburgh Napier University Library wishes you all a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Self-care books for 2022

January is here again, but to brighten up a new year, you might be thinking about what you want to achieve for 2022, whether that is trying something new or even just a refresh! Self-help books can be a great way to encourage those positive thoughts and that extra motivation in your life.


Book and Tea

Book and Tea


Here are some recommendations below:


Isn’t it about time? by Andrea Perry

If you are one for procrastinating tasks, this book provides ways to be more productive and learn to trust our instincts and abilities. Also available on our Library Search  https://napier.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/44NAP_INST/n96pef/alma9923500069002111


The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

This memoir-style book shares life experiences and small motivations for the day.


Relax and Read

Relax and Read

Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness by Vex King

Vex King helps you to show a way of manifesting your goals and desires using different techniques and positive thinking. From the author’s personal experiences, the book practices methods of mindfulness to healthy lifestyle habits.


At Napier, we also have books in our Shelf Help that are chosen to help you overcome experiences, thoughts and feelings that are stressful or uncomfortable.

You can find more books and information in the link below:





Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King day, an American holiday that is always celebrated on the third Monday in January. It’s almost 54 years since Dr King, a Baptist minister and lifelong campaigner, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, but the work to which he sacrificed his life continues.

MLK is most famous, for his “I had a dream…” speech, but the reality of civil rights activism is that it’s less about rallies and speeches and more a daily struggle for the most mundane of rights – a struggle that is played out in factories, playgrounds, homes and schools, well away from the cameras and microphones.



Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King


King was in Memphis in April 1968 to support African American sanitation workers who were deprived of the most basic of rights that their white counterparts enjoyed – the right to shelter from the rain, the right to shower after their shift, the lack of overtime payments. The final straw came when 2 black workers were crushed to death by a malfunctioning garbage truck and their families were barely compensated. The workers went on strike, and MLK went to support them.

In recognition of King’s contribution to the struggle for equality, Illinois was the first US state to acknowledge the holiday, and King was the first African American to have a national holiday in his honour.





The international struggle for equality continues. As King himself said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


Read Dr King’s most famous speech in full. You’ll find it in LibrarySearch:

The Penguin book of twentieth-century speeches

Becoming King Martin Luther King, Jr. and the making of a national leader


By Lesley McRobb


New Year Resolutions: study and social

We hope all our Edinburgh Napier University students and staff had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with some time to relax and catch up with friends and family.

With the festivities now over, you might be thinking that it’s time to make some resolutions and get back into that ‘serious study mode’.

It’s also a time to reflect on past events and your studies to see what you might want to freshen up and change for the new year. Just keep in mind that progress is always ongoing, and you should focus on one step at a time!



New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions



Here are some suggestions that you might want to consider below:


  1. Change your learning style or study skills

If you want to change your study habits or try a new way of learning, Box of Broadcasts (BOB) and listening to Podcasts are productive ways of gathering information and evidence for your assignments. You can find more information about it on our Libguides.

The library also has a study skills reading list and many books available like Improving Your Study Skills by Shelley O’Hara for improving the way you learn.


Study planning

Study planning


  1. Balancing education and work or your social life

This could be the year where you decide to prioritise your time wisely and manage your schedule to avoid burnout. You might want to break up the week by scheduling tasks into your calendar or stick colourful post-it notes around your room as visual reminders. Your education should be your priority and then you can consider what to do in your spare time such as music, sports or travelling!


  1. Try new activities

Whatever the weather, if you have a burning desire for adventures in the outdoors, like kayaking, hikes and walks in the hills, then the Hiking and Outdoor Activities society at Edinburgh Napier may be the one for you this year!

You can join more of Napier’s societies in the link below:






Staying on Campus over Christmas?

Christmas is a period of relaxation and spending time with family and friends. However, some students may be staying on campus over Christmas due to living far away and this can be an opportunity to explore festive activities or take some time to relax.

There are advantages to staying on campus over Christmas like having more space, peace, and quiet! The library even has Ebooks to get you in the mood for Christmas for example the classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Activities include the Christmas Market, Edinburgh Napier University’s Carol Service, and Hogmanay 2022. There is even a Christmas Tree Maze you can get lost in and the Santa Fun Run & Walk at Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh is open to registration to help fundraise for Children in Scotland who live with threatening illnesses:

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market






Perhaps you may want to visit and check-in with your friends, which also opens opportunities to explore more of the United Kingdom. Or even hike the wonderful mountains and hills of the Scottish Highlands, where you may even find patches of Snow- the Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore is best known for Skiing and Snowboarding in Scotland!


Snowy mountain Highlands

Snowy mountain Highlands


The University is here if you need a little extra support over the holidays:


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