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New toolkit aims to support students’ mental health and wellbeing
12 June 2020
Epigeum, part of OUP, has published a new online toolkit Being Well, Living Well, which aims to support university students in positively managing their mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing.
Developed over a two-year period in collaboration with a panel of mental health experts, healthcare professionals, and university staff and students, the toolkit will support higher education institutions in taking a consistent, preventative approach to student wellbeing, and provides students with guidance and resources for coping with, and preventing, a range of wellbeing challenges throughout their university journey.
Epigeum’s Director, Andy Ware, commented: ‘Being Well, Living Well is a particularly timely programme, launching when the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more pressures and uncertainty for students than ever before, with a recent UCAS survey showing that “almost a quarter of respondents said that the outbreak has impacted on their mental health.” Being Well, Living Well has been developed using Epigeum’s highly collaborative development group process, involving up to 20 universities who provide design input and peer-review feedback. This enables our experienced team to build an online training course that is insightful, engaging and practical, and quality assured through a meticulous review process.’
The toolkit’s flexible, modular structure will enable students to access practical guidance anytime, anywhere, selecting content according to their unique needs and schedule, in an online safe space.
Dr Dominique Thompson, award-winning student wellness expert and Lead Advisor for Being Well, Living Well, explains: ‘For most students it is important to be able to access information in a variety of ways. An online approach allows for the maximum number of students to access expert advice and support, which could be vital to their short and long term emotional wellbeing at university. The Being Well, Living Well toolkit will allow universities to provide support and expert advice to their whole population, easily and consistently.’