Couple of great looking resources I was introduced to by the BCP Council email newsletter (sign up for it here) to help let some light in on these increasingly dark times. See below.
Dorset Mind has some really helpful information on staying well, deciding on a routine, connecting with people, keeping your mind stimulated and much more.
LiveWell Dorset have also launched a five-ways to wellbeing virtual challenge which involves the following five actions:
- Be active
- Take notice
- Keep learning
Get involved now, you’re just five steps away from boosting your wellbeing – and be sure to share it with your friends and family to help brighten their day.
‘The Consciousness Conundrum’
by Dr Peter Naish – Open University
“What is consciousness, and how do physical processes in the brain give rise to the subjective life of a conscious mind? Simple animals like the amoeba presumably have no such experience, since they have no brain or nervous system, yet they can react to their surroundings well enough to survive without it. Many of our own cognitive functions such as perceiving objects, making decisions, and even performing apparently voluntary actions can take place without consciousness intervening, but if we can function without conscious awareness, why should consciousness be there at all? Is consciousness just an accidental by-product of having a large brain, or has it been selected for by evolution because creatures with consciousness have improved prospects for survival? Historically, questions about the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness have primarily been a topic for philosophers, but advances in neuroscience are bringing us closer to a scientific understanding. Peter Naish, a senior lecturer in cognitive psychology at The Open University, will be revealing many of the latest developments in our efforts to unravel the mysteries of consciousness.”
Saturday 10th October 2.00pm Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW
The above text originally appeared in the Dorset Humanists newsletter. No religious or a-religious views are being implied – this simply looks like a thought-provoking talk relevant to some of the situations nurses can find themselves in while caring for people at their most vulnerable.
Dignity in Mental Health
Bournemouth University is hosting a whole week of events in the run up to World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th October 2015. High profile speakers include Terry Waite CBE and Norman Lamb MP. Tickets are free – book here!