The collection provides resources on a range of wellbeing subjects for students studying at Higher or Further Education level. Staff in the Higher and Further Education sector can also use the resources to improve their knowledge of positive health behaviours, building their capacity to support students and supporting Continuing Professional Development.
Importantly, the collection was developed using students’ voices. Students across Wales informed its contents by providing views on OpenLearn materials and significant stressors throughout their student journey. This invaluable input helped identify the most relevant and useful resources needed to support students’ mental health and wellbeing.
In addition to the fundamental input from students, the collection was collated using expert feedback from professional student services, academic and teaching staff across partner institutions. Experts provided critical reflection and suggestions for external resources and signposting to further enhance the collection's impact.
Take a look at the boxes below and begin exploring the collection. Some resources provide direct help for coping with panic attacks or signposting to support services. Whereas others give advice on areas that may impact your mental health such as exercise, time management or digital related stress.
The development of this collection was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. It was delivered by The Open University in Wales in partnership with Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales and The Open University Students’ Association. The contents of the collection were guided by full and part-time students across all three education providers.
How do we recognise if a reaction to a stressor has developed into a mental health problem? Here's a five point guide...Read now ❯Do I have mental health problems and should I get some help?
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What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
What can you do if you're not comfortable talking about mental health issues with your peers? Dr Jonathan Leach and Dr Mathijs Lucassen set out six ways of getting the support you need.Read now ❯What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
Whether you’re a full or part-time student, studying is likely to mean adding another commitment to your life. Having a lot to balance can sometimes affect our wellbeing and leave us feeling overwhelmed.Read now ❯Time management and study
Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them is a free course that should be helpful to anyone who experiences panic or panic attacks, for their family and friends, and anyone more generally interested in mental health and mental health treatment. The course starts by exploring formal definitions of panic and panic attack. These are then contrasted with personal accounts of the experience of panic. It also presents some of the key understandings of why panic attacks happen, and provides an overview of the main ways people can get help and help themselves.Learn more ❯Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them
Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative side effects. Exercise is an alternative treatment that is low cost and has few side effects. In this free course, Exercise and mental health, we will look at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.Learn more ❯Exercise and mental health
“You just want to step out of it, to step out of the whole race, the whole business. The monstrosity of life overwhelms you.” Following a nervous breakdown in 1995, actor and journalist Stephen Fry discovered he was suffering from bi-polar disorder – commonly known as manic depression. Symptoms of fear and sadness (often classed as ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ if they are diagnosed) are the most common ‘mental disorders’ in Britain that people seek counselling for. This collection of videos looks at what can happen when people are overwhelmed by such profound feelings of sadness that they can’t carry on with their everyday lives. Fry, along with Trisha Goddard and engineer Jim Brown, share their personal struggles and experiences with diagnosis and drug use, giving us a glimpse into the journeys they have taken. This material forms part of The Open University course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadnessWatch now ❯Coping with Depression
The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities the course covers all the key aspects of personal finance in six sessions of study that each take around two hours to complete.Learn more ❯MSE’s Academy of Money
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A Support Net: Can you help someone in need?
All of us will experience personal challenges, but could you make a positive impact on someone's life? Try our wellbeing interactive 'A Support Net' to see if you can help four people.Take part now ❯A Support Net: Can you help someone in need?
With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem at some point in our lives, it is important that we know where to turn for advice and seek help when we need it.Read now ❯Support for you and your mental health
Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations. But why does mindfulness matter?Read now ❯Five reasons why you should care about mindfulness
Dr Sharon Mallon explores what is meant by self-care before introducing you to some of the top inexpensive and time-effective ways that you can introduce self-care practices into your life.Read now ❯Five tips on how to plan new self-care routines
Life can be a series of ups and downs. Sometimes it can be hard to know if we fully understand what is meant by terms such as mental health and wellbeing. In this article, we will explore these terms and how our mental health and wellbeing is shaped by the things that happen to usRead now ❯Journeying through wellbeing: Exploring mental health and wellbeing
What is it about new technology that is making many of us anxious and stressed? Dr Gini Harrison and Dr Mathijs Lucassen explore the top five stressors:Read now ❯Stress and anxiety in the digital age: The dark side of technology
How can we avoid the stress and anxiety associated with the digital age? Dr Gini Harrison and Dr Mathijs Lucassen give us five tips...Read now ❯How to manage the digital-related stress of technology
This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counselling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years.Learn more ❯Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings
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Journeying through Wellbeing
Take a journey through Wellbeing and see how factors such as where we grow up, what happens to us, and our physical health, can all impact on our mental health and wellbeing.Take part now ❯Journeying through Wellbeing
It is time for medical education to take nutrition seriously argues Dr Joyce Cavaye, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University.Read now ❯Nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment