On 5 November, we guided a session at Think Student Online on how to support mental health and wellbeing, especially for those engaged in the Higher Education sector. Some of you will have watched our session, where we invited guests Dr Jessica Price (a Psychologist, Coach, Lecturer and Diversity Specialist) and Sirin Myles (an International Higher Education Specialist and Coach) to discuss all things mental health. 

Mental health is always an important consideration, but it is all the more important to be aware of at this uncertain time in Higher Education, with the present challenges of how universities will respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. So, we implore you to think inwardly and question: are you overwhelmed or stressed at work? Do you recognise the signs when you need support, or when others need support? 

If you are struggling with your wellbeing, then we urge you to seek support in the form of the following resources:

NHS Support

Mind

Fika

Office for Students - Student Mental Health 

Universities UK - Student Mental Health

As we mentioned at Think Student Online, at IC Global we’re hosting a number of workshops that are available for you if you need them. Here’s some more information:

A workshop for you

We invite you to take part in our workshop on Leadership and Emotional Capital in Times of Crisis and build awareness of your ‘caring self’. 

This workshop will help you identify how to productively use the Emotional Capital paradigm to build supportive practices and resilience among your team members. It will also help you recognise your capacity to take care of yourself and others and make it more explicit in daily practices. 

We offer you, your team and your institution useful knowledge and strategies concerning the following topics:

  • How can you recognise difficult emotions in times of crisis?

  • What is the neurological response at times of crisis, and why should you care?  

  • What can you do in order to tame the anxious brain? How can you develop better responses? 

  • How can you draw from your Emotional Capital to promote Resilience? 

  • Which coaching strategies can you use with the purpose of building Resilience in yourself and your team?

  • Walk away with your Trying it Out guidelines

If there is one thing that you can do for yourself, your team and your institution, it is getting involved in this workshop. We would love to have you with us; let’s share, think and reflect together. 

During the workshop we will be discussing how colleagues are feeling at this time, reflecting on our own experiences of stress and sharing some tips that you could take away from the session that we hope will help you now and in the coming months. You are not alone, and we want to support you now and provide techniques to support you in the future.

Make sure you sign up to the workshop so we can support all of our mental health together. For more information or to register please email info@theicglobal.com

And remember, if you missed the webinar on 5 November, then you can watch it on-demand here to find out how to support your emotional wellbeing and that of those around you. 

Article by

Charlene Allen

Higher Education Strategic Consultant