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Welcome to the second edition of PsychSoc’s Psychobabble newsletter! This edition is associated with our healthy Mind, Healthy Body week and considers ways that yu can maintain a healthy mind using psychological research and the ABC model!


Affective health – page 2 Behavioural health – page 2 Cognitive health – page 2 The effects of homelessness on wellbeing page 3 PsychSoc news – pages 4 and 5 Events list – page 6 Contact details – page 6 1

Poor emotional health is related to depression and anxiety (Dua, 1994). High emotional health, conversely, has many beneficial effects, including the ability to deal with occupational stress (Oginska-Bulik, 2005), improved physical health (Salovey, Rothman, Detweiler, & Steward, 2000) and better coping abilities (Saklofske, Austin, Galloway, & Davidson, 2007). Therefore, interventions need to be identified to improve emotional health.

emotional health and factors that affect emotional health, including stress reduction (Grossman et al., 2004), romantic relationships (Barnes, Brown, Krusemark, Campbell, & Rogge, 2007) and emotion regulation (Arch & Craske, 2006). It also greatly improves quality of life overall (Godfrin & Heeringen, 2010). Mindfulness could really help you in your own life. Start trying mindfulness today. You can come along to our free taster session of mindfulness th meditation on Monday 8 February from 11am-12pm in LAB220. Written by Sarah Gradidge

One way of improving emotional health is mindfulness (Grossman, Niemann, Schmidt, & Walach, 2004). It has been used for many aspects of

The relationship between behaviours and wellbeing is complicated – behaviours which are detrimental to physical health can actually be considered to be beneficial for psychological health. For instance, tobacco smokers often report smoking to reduce their stress levels (Parrott, 1999), but this behaviour has detrimental effects on their physical health.

Eckert, 2006). It has even been found to be effective in regulating the sympathetic nervous system and hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis (Pascoe & Bauer, 2015), having both a physical and a psychological (stress reduction) effect. So why not try it out? If you would like to have a go at yoga, come along to our taster yoga session held on Tuesday the th 9 February from 9-10am in LAB026. Written by Sarah Gradidge

However, there are behaviours which help to promote both a healthy mind and a healthy body. Yoga has been used to help with both physical health issues, and psychological issues, such as stress and anxiety reduction (Smith, Hancock, Blake-Mortimer, &

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most frequently used and successful methods of treating a variety of problems from depression to insomnia. With the increasing need for better mental health care and awareness across the country, it is important to consider the possible benefits to seeking out treatment such as this if you feel like you might need support with your cognitive health. CBT is often referred to as an umbrella therapy, meaning that it can be modified and fitted to a range of different problems. CBT research has found successful results for treating or reducing symptoms for various different disorders. SĂĄnchez-Ortiz et al. (2011) found that internet based CBT increased the

amount of improvement made by students suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, whilst Freeman et al (2015) found that CBT reduced symptoms of insomnia in students and Bjornsson et al (2011) also suggested that CBT should be considered as a strong alternative to group psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder. If you find that you may be experiencing cognitive distress or have been diagnosed with mental health problems then CBT may be the option for you. With its large success rate, CBT may be the next step to improve your cognitive health. Written by Sophie Nizynski.


Homelessness has an approximate lifetime prevalence of 13.9% in the UK (Toro et al., 2007). Risk factors for homelessness include experiences of victimisation (van den Bree, Shelton, Bonner, Moss, Thomas, & Taylor, 2009), poverty (Anderson & Christian, 2003) and childhood adversity (Shelton, Taylor, Bonner, & van den Bree, 2009). But what effect does homelessness itself have on psychological health? Homelessness affects many aspects of a person’s psychological wellbeing. It is associated with depression (Wong, 2000, as cited in Patterson & Tweed, 2009), increased risk behaviours (Muno, Crespo, & PerezSantos, 2006) and poor emotional health in children (McCoy-Roth, Mackintosh, & Murphey, 2012).The stigma surrounding homelessness is also pervasive, with popular stereotypes abounding (e.g. Knecht & Martinez, 2009). Stigma against the homeless has serious negative consequences, including social isolation (Boydell et al., 2000, as cited in Kidd, 2007) and suicidal ideation (Kidd, 2007). Homeless people are significantly more likely to experience alcohol or drug dependence, psychotic illnesses and personality disorders (Fazel, Khosla, Doll, & Geddes, 2008). These issues may feed into and interact with homelessness, being both a risk factor for homelessness and being caused by homelessness.

profound effects of homelessness and the many effects that it has on people, as well as emphasising the complexity of the issue.

So, what can be done about the crisis of homelessness? Homeless charities such as Emmaus aim to solve the issue of homelessness at its core through their social enterprises. However, for the issues to be resolved, money and physical necessities are needed to aid the homeless. This is why we are aiming to do as much as we can for this cause. We ran our Rucksack Project last semester to aim for the homeless to have the physical necessities they need throughout the winter and on Wednesday the 10th February, we will be doing a Sponsored Sleep to raise money for the cause. Feel free to sponsor us – contact us on our Facebook page (link in contact details section on the last page). You can find out more about Emmaus here: Written by Sarah Gradidge Here are some of the donations made to the Rucksack Project. Thank you to everyone who made donations.

Homelessness has been found to be a profound type of psychological trauma (Goodman, Saxe, & Harvey, 1991). Trauma arises from multiple aspects of homelessness, including loss of home, loss of status and social isolation. It also affects individuals in many ways, including causing learned helplessness, loss of belief in ability to care for themselves and distrust of others. Goodman et al.’s research demonstrates the 3

The Rucksack Project Last semester, PsychSoc organised the Rucksack Project, which aimed to collect rucksacks full of items for the homeless to help them through the cold winter. We are very happy to be able to say that many people donated, leaving us with 40 bags made up overall and with spare donations. We worked with other organisations, such as Oxfam, Samaritans, Inner Sanctum and RAF Marham community hub to try and engage with the wider community and to collect more donations. We are very thankful to Abi Dickinson, the volunteering coordinator of ARU’s Volunteering Service, who helped us kickstart the project, allowed us to leave the donations in the volunteering office and who helped us to transport the donations. The donations were given to Jimmy’s homeless shelter and Winter Comfort. They are always open to donations, so even if you missed out on donating to our Rucksack Project, you can always give your donations directly to them. You can read about the project here as well:

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind week On the week beginning 8th February, we will be holding our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind week, with events aimed at helping people to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind whilst also raising money for MIND. We will be holding several Give It A Go sessions with the Students’ Union, including yoga, 5a-side football and creative writing, as well as a film night, bake sale and raffle. A full timetable can be found on the last page of this newsletter. 1. Freud tries to get a drink

Fundraising for MIND – half marathon Adam Stanex, PsychSoc’s president, will be running the half marathon in Cambridge to raise money for MIND. If you’d like to sponsor him, contact him at 4

Psychology hoodies and T shirts We are currently selling psychology hoodies for £8 each and psychology T shirts for £5 each. If you would be interested in buying a hoodie, please contact us on our Facebook page here:

Sponsored sleep

2. The Freudian slip

On Wednesday the 10th February from 8pm to 7am, during our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind week, some of the PsychSoc committee members will be doing a sponsored sleep, whereby we spend a night outdoors in order to raise money for the homeless. All of the money will be donated to Emmaus. We will gladly welcome any monetary donations that can be made. You can also take part if you want to. We have a maximum of 20 places. Contact us on our Facebook page here: _homepage_panel, to sponsor us or to take part. Thank you!

Candy cane stall On the 8th December, we held a candy cane stall. We managed to raise £28.65 for the society which covered the cost of the candy canes and allowed us some profit as well. Thank you to everyone who bought a candy cane (or a few!) and we hope you enjoyed them!

Silver criteria We are very happy to announce that we are now a “silver” society, meaning that next year we will get many nice rewards including a free first aid course for 6 of our members, a VIP table on a Wednesday night at Revs or Evoke and £30 of free printing at the SU Office. We are also currently working towards gold criteria and hoping to get this by the end of the semester. Further details on these rewards will be released by us in the first semester of the next academic year.


Events list Healthy Mind, Healthy Body week:  Monday o Mental Health Awareness Stall from 10am to 4pm in the Helmore corridor o Mindfulness meditation 11am-12pm in LAB 220  Tuesday o 5-a-side football 3-4pm on Parker’s Piece) o Creative writing 1-2pm in LAB 216  Wednesday o Running 5:30-6:30pm, location TBC  Thursday o Yoga 9-10am in LAB 026 o Raffle and Swap Shop in the Helmore corridor from 10am to4pm – raffle winner to be announced on Friday; money raised will go to MIND o Film night showing “Still Alice” from 6:30-9pm in LAB 109  Friday o Cake sale in the Helmore corridor from 10am to 4pm– money raised will go to MIND Keep up to date on our events by looking at our Facebook page (link below)

Contact details and becoming a member Contact details

How do I become a member of the society?

Facebook: Twitter: Angliastudent page: The current committee are: Adam Stanex (president) Cathy McGuire (vice president and society development manager) Hannah Fisher (treasurer) Sarah Gradidge (administrator) Bonizwe McFadden (communications officer) Sophie Nizynski (deputy communications officer) Rachel Robson (events manager) Dhruvi Patel (events manager)

You can sign up online through our page here: or you can visit the SU on the 1st floor of Helmore. Membership costs £3.75 and gives many benefits, including reduced prices to our events and the opportunity to become a member of the committee yourself in our next AGM


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