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
The Confucius Institute has commissioned 3 x 20 minute beginner Tai Chi videos to support student health and wellbeing. The videos have been produced by Cong Gao, a World Champion of Tai Chi. Tai chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, Tai Chi is now practised for defence training, health and meditation.
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.
Edge Hill Sport is using the mywellness app to bring you on-demand workouts at home. Whether you’re self-isolating, or would simply rather work out in the comfort of your own home, there is something for you. Follow the instructions below to access these workouts:
1. Download the mywellness app from the App Store or Google Play
2. Create an account
3. Select Edge Hill University as your facility
4. You will then be able to see all of the available workouts
The NHS Fitness studio has lots of free workouts that range from 10 to 45 minutes.
Sport England have started the #StayInWorkOut hashtag and have lots of inspiration on their website.
Yoga with Adriene has a range of free yoga videos for all levels, from absolute beginner to more advanced.
Self-Care and Self-Isolating
Campus Connector Emma has shared her top 10 tips for self-care in self-isolation. Click the image to watch the video.
Young Minds have put together a useful guide full of tips on how you can look after yourself during this time.
Register with a GP
Now is a great opportunity to register with a local GP if you haven’t already.
Beacon Primary Care is Edge Hill University’s nominated practice and has a local site situated on Railway Road in Ormskirk.
Beacon Primary Care
Railway Road Surgery
9-11 Railway Road
Tel: 01695 736000
Registering with Beacon Primary Care will mean you get access to a range of healthcare professionals who aim to look after your physical and mental health. The practice also has sites throughout West Lancashire.
Practising mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing. Want to give it a try? Visit Happify for guided meditations and other mindfulness-building activities designed by experts.
The Wellbeing team have put together some very useful resources to help you deal with anxiety that might be caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
Student Space from Student Minds makes it easier for you to find the support you need during Covid-19. The have a range of wellbeing resources and advice, including:
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.