Leading lights at Leeds and Nottingham Trent Universities
Over the next month, Lumie will be supporting two light therapy initiatives developed to help keep students on top form during the winter. Last year, Leeds University successfully pioneered the Leeds Light Cafe and this time it's expanding the idea in order to reach even more students; Nottingham Trent University is joining in as well this year, creating two light therapy zones for relaxing and studying as part of its 'Stamp Out Stress' (S.O.S) campaign.
Lumie Desklamp is an ideal way to get your light therapy whilst reading or studying.
January is the low point in the academic year for many students, what with the stress of approaching exams and winter depression at its worst due to the low exposure to natural light. Ruth Caleb, chair of Universities UK's mental well-being working group, says counselling services are facing an annual rise in demand of about 10%. She estimates between 5-10% of students at each university use these services which suggests at least 115,000 students are seeking help.
Definitely doing their bit, Zaz Prosser, VP Community at the Nottingham Trent Students' Union, said "We're excited to be running the first Lumie Light Room as part of our SOS campaign to help students who are struggling with stress and depression in this winter exam period.”
Leeds University will offer Lumie light therapy during yoga classes.
Leeds University is building on the success of the Light Cafe and is also offering yoga, meditation and adult colouring this year. Freya Govus, Student Welfare Officer explains: "Here at Leeds University Union we wanted to create a haven for our students to prioritise their wellbeing, whether that means studying in peace, taking part in our activities and workshops or just having a break!" Lumie lights will be in use in the yoga classes in order to help energise students. The overall experience should be fun, relaxing and empowering for students by encouraging them to use practical tools to help them stay well and happy.
"Our Student Advice Centre has seen an increase in the number of students disclosing issues with depression, mental health and low mood," says Govus. "These problems are particularly acute at this time of year so we’re thrilled to be able to use Lumie light therapy again."