Mental Health Awareness Week at AECC University College

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. In times of challenge, it becomes even more important to take care of our mental health and look after each other. Building our mental fitness is more important than ever.

At AECC University College, we have created the following resources to help you look after your mental health and be kind of yourself.

Virtual Wellbeing Chat

We're encouraging AECC University College students to get in touch with our friendly Student Services team for a virtual wellbeing chat. The team is on hand to talk about how your studies are going remotely, how you are feeling at the moment, and to answer any questions you might have.

To book your check-in chat, you can email and arrange a time that suits you.

It's always good to talk to someone, especially now, and the Student Services Team is here to listen.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Student Services team has prepared Five Ways to Wellbeing 30 minute sessions* which include the following:

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be active: get moving and enjoy a hobby
  3. Take notice: slow down, breathe and pay attention to your thoughts
  4. Keep learning: challenge your mind
  5. Give: share with others.

You can read the full guide here.  

You can find out more about how the Student Services team can help here.

*Based ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ developed by the New Economics Foundation

Partnership with Fika

To help support the wellbeing of students and staff, AECC University College has partnered with Fika, a health technology provider. Fika has created a special COVID-19 ‘cope with remote’ psychological support package to help maintain mental fitness.

Fika draws on sports and positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy to provide five-minute mental fitness workouts that are tailored to our daily challenges. Fika is informed by an academic advisory board and aligned with the 2019 NICE evidence standards for digital health technologies.

The Fika App is free to download for students and staff – simply use your University College email address and follow the instructions below to get started. You can download the app using the following instructions:

  • Search app stores for 'Fika'
  • Download and open the Fika app
  • Tap 'Get started for free' (blue button)
  • Accept terms and create profile
  • Find your university screen
  • Type in ‘aecc’ to drop down and chose AECC University College from list, tap next
  • Then use your @ac.ukemail
  • Create a password
  • Check your inbox for a verification email and click the link within the email
  • Continue to sign up and enjoy Fika.

You can take a look at the Fika COVID-19 support package video here.

Be Kind to Yourself

Caroline Cooke, Head of Library and Student Services, tells us more about what looking after your wellbeing means to her:

“During this period of uncertainty it is so important to take positive steps to build our mental fitness. The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness.

We may be working hard to support friends, colleagues and family right now and it is also really important to take time to be kind to ourselves.

Take some time out every day to focus on your wellbeing, whether it's going for a walk, catching up with a friend online, doing a workout or yoga session on YouTube or some meditation.

Do whatever gives you energy and makes you feel positive, build that into your daily routine and it will make a huge difference to how healthy and happy you feel."

You can read more about Student Services at AECC University College here