Friday, 15 February 2019

Top 5 Wellbeing websites & apps


Your health and wellbeing are one of the most important aspects of student life, and life in general. As students, we are constantly trying to improve, challenge and maintain our health and wellbeing and sometimes we need some support. I’ve put together a list of the top 5 wellbeing websites and apps to put you on the fast-track to wellbeing success. All of them are supportive and calming and can help clear your head and get you ready for whatever life throws at you.


1. The Mix

Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, The Mix are there to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. They can give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.

They connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

They’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means you can choose how you access their support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. They aim to be the first-place young people turn to, to get support. Life is hard, but support doesn’t have to be.

2. Student Minds


Student Minds works with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students. They empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others, and create change, so that all in higher education can thrive.

Key to the Student Minds approach is ensuring that young people have an agency, whilst empowering the community around them to have the health literacy and tools to respond. They want to ensure students have access to timely, youth-friendly support and resources. They’re focused on prevention, ensuring that more young people learn how to build their own wellbeing toolkit. They also train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support programmes as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, they share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health. 


3. Students Against Depression


The Students Against Depression story starts with the sad loss of two bright young men to suicide. Their families invested in the Students Against Depression project to reach out to other people suffering the effects of depression and suicidal thinking.

It is now a website by students, for students. It offers advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who better to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome?


4. Headspace


Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home with them. Andy, Rich, and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. And that blossomed into the Headspace you see today: guided meditation, animations, articles and videos,all in the distinct Headspace style.

Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world.

5. HealthyMinds


Life as a student can be stressful - assignments, part-time jobs, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibilities. In fact, during your years as a student, you will face some of the most intense pressures of any point in your life. Stress can take a toll on your mind, weighing you down and even making you ill, so it’s important to take action to stay healthy. That’s what HealthyMinds is all about.

HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.

HealthyMinds was developed by The Royal thanks to a donation by D.I.F.D, The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Its mandate is simple: to help more people living with mental illness into recovery faster.


Max Cresswell is an Internal Communications Assistant at the University of Hertfordshire

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