Wellbeing Resources for Students Working on the FrontlineClick here to see the range of support available to students working on the frontline.
Staying Active at Home
Exercise is an effective way of improving your mental and physical wellbeing and improving self-esteem and confidence. Engaging in daily activity can also help you to form a routine and will increase your motivations levels. There are loads of free resources out there, here are just few.
The NHS Fitness studio has lots of free workouts that range from 10 to 45 minutes.
Yoga with Adriene has a range of free yoga videos for all levels, from absolute beginner to more advanced.
Sport England have started the #StayInWorkOut hashtag and have lots of inspiration on their website.
Virtual Wellbeing Workshops
Get Stuff Done!
If you struggle to get things done and are prone to procrastination, this workshop is for you. Counsellor James from the Wellbeing team will talk you through some common issues and suggest ways of overcoming your procrastination so you can be more productive. To view with subtitles, click CC in the bottom right-hand corner.
This workshop by Wellbeing Officer Shania covers what happens when we have perfectionistic thoughts and how we can manage those thoughts. It will also provide you with practical tips and advice to help you manage your perfectionistic tendencies, cope better with failure, and be kinder to yourself. To view with subtitles, click CC in the bottom right-hand corner.
We can all struggle at times with our mental health and, especially in the current situation, things can feel that bit harder to manage. To help, we have found some bitesize resources which focus on planning the things you need to be doing, enjoying the things you want to be doing, and dealing with those worries and anxieties that may creep up on you from time to time.
Focusing on Study
The pomodoro technique can help you focus on your assignments, giving you regular breaks and a schedule to help you work more efficiently.
Self-Care and Self-Isolating
Young Minds have put together a useful guide full of tips on how you can look after yourself during this time.
If you’re feeling anxious about coronavirus, the NHS have published 10 tips to help you, including staying connected with people, looking after your body, and doing things you enjoy.
Covid-19 and Your Wellbeing
Below you will find a number of useful guides for surviving and thriving and living in a time of uncertainty.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or at crisis point and need someone to talk to, we have listed some helpful crisis support services below. Don’t struggle alone – there is always someone who can help.
If you are still living on campus, Campus Support are available 24/7, 365 days a year on 01695 584227.
If you feel at immediate risk of harm to yourself, go straight to the nearest A&E department:
Lancashire – Southport and Formby District Hospital
Liverpool – Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Manchester – go to your nearest A&E department
or call the Emergency Services on 999.
If you feel you are in crisis and would like to speak with someone locally, please use the links below:
Lancashire – Lancashire NHS Trust Crisis Service
Liverpool – call 0151 296 7200 or visit the Talk Liverpool Urgent Help webpages
Manchester – Manchester MIND
Phone/Text Crisis Support
If you are deaf and experiencing a crisis, text DEAF to 85258 for free and immediate support.
Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text SHOUT to 85258.
Papyrus run HopelineUK is a confidential support and advice service for people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Call 0800 068 41 421, text 07860 039967, or email email@example.com. (Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00am – 10.00pm / weekends and bank holidays 2.00pm – 10.00pm).
Wellbeing Apps and Podcasts
Fika – Edge Hill has partnered with mental fitness app Fika during the COVID-19 outbreak enabling you to benefit from an additional tool to stay motivated, productive, focused and connected during this period of remote work and study.
Headspace – guided meditation and mindfulness to focus and relax the mind and body.
Calm – guided meditations to reduce stress, anxiety, and boost confidence.
Woebot – self-care, CBT and mindfulness sessions.
Action for Happiness – daily ideas for happier living.
This article from Stylist suggests the 10 best self-care podcasts to listen to when you’re feeling anxious or alone.
Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio on every subject imaginable, from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between.
Student Services Staff Picks!
"Radiolab! Interesting, funny and witty stories and discussions about this strange world that we live on."
Sam, Wellbeing team
"Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster is one of my faves. The two comedians invite celebrities to choose their dream meal - it's hilarious and ridiculous in equal measure!"
Ellie, Comms team
"Fearne Cotton's Happy Place! Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect."
Shania, Wellbeing team
"Nocturne. Audio storytelling and sound art which is great if you can't get to sleep!"
Jo, Transitions team
Edge Hill University students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall). Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better.
You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
To join, simply go to togetherall.com and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your Edge Hill University email address.
Calm those racing thoughts, release some stress and simply switch off with these helpful resources.
5 minute self-compassion practice
The Faith and Reflection Room is currently closed and the service rota is suspended until further notice. You can access support from the Chaplaincy team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Book an Appointment
Need support? Book an appointment with the Wellbeing team to discuss the support available to you.
Worried about someone else? Let Us Know here.
Wellbeing Resources for Students Working on the Frontline
Whether you have put yourself forward for early registration or are on placement working hard to support the frontline, we all need to make sure we are mentally and physically well during this turbulent time. Below, you will find an array of resources and support services to get you through safely and with support.
Apps Free to NHS Staff
Headspace – guided meditation and mindfulness to focus and relax the mind and body.
Unmind – a workplace mental health platform that empowers organisations and employees to measurably improve their mental wellbeing.
Sleepio – a digital CBT programme scientifically proven to help you sleep without pills or potions.
Daylight – an app that listens and talks to you, understands your challenges and goals, and guides you through learning and practising proven strategies for reducing worry and anxiety in your life.
My Possible Self – use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress, tackle unhelpful thinking, record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.
RCEM Wellbeing App – the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is inviting nurses working in emergency and critical care settings to register with this app which helps you to measure, monitor and track your wellbeing.
You can also browse the NHS list of wellbeing apps for more.
Edge Hill Wellbeing Support
The Wellbeing team are offering extra support to students working on the frontline during the COVID-19 outbreak. With out of hours appointments available, we are here to support you when you need us.
External Support Services
Frontline 19 offers free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support to frontline workers.
Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.
Every Mind Matters has advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
If you feel you are in crisis and require immediate support, details of local crisis support can be found on these webpages.
The RCN website has further information about the apps and services above, along with resources about self-care, accessing counselling and looking after your wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. They also have further information about foodbanks, financial grants, safe shopping and staying active.
Other unions will also have information about support services available and how to access help within your placement/work area. Look to your union’s website for more information.
Academic and Placement Support
Stay in touch with with placement and academic staff such as your mentor, personal tutor, and PEF and if you feel you need extra support, please ask for it. Although times are stressful, staff are still available to offer support and signpost you to appropriate services within your placement setting, the University, and externally.
If you are working within an NHS Trust, you can access counselling and support services directly. Visit your Trust’s intranet for further information.
If you are struggling to meet your deadlines and you feel you need extra support, please speak to your tutor or seek guidance from Learning Services. You can also apply for an EMC via the Academic Registry webpages if you feel you need more time to complete your work.
NHS Student Guidance
Information about what students on NHS courses can expect during the COVID-19 outbreak, including course expectations, placement arrangements and the practical support available, can be found in the NHS Student Support Guidance document. Speak to your personal tutor or mentor if you have any questions about this document.
You can find information about COVID-19 temporary registration with the NMC here.