How PENSTRIPE IS SUPPORTING Student HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Perhaps one of greatest leaps forward as a collective society in recent times is the universal agreement that we need to bring conversations about mental and physical health to the fore.
Education has been at the forefront of this change, through a necessity to avert a catastrophic health crisis which has been further amplified recently by the enforced isolation of many of us through the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.
WHY Student WELLBEING is SO IMPORTANT
It’s no secret that school can be tough. In addition to the challenges of growing up, students also have to deal with academic and social pressures.
These stresses are often compounded by problems at home and in other aspects of their lives. As a result, it’s not surprising that mental health problems are common among college students.
WHY SCHOOLS SHOULD PROMOTE STUDENTS HEALTH AND WELLBEING
A healthy mind is essential for academic success. Studies have shown that students who feel comfortable and safe at school are more likely to attend regularly and do well academically. For these reasons, it is important for schools to promote students’ health and wellbeing.
When schools take steps to promote students’ health and wellbeing, they are investing in their future success.
Student Support Services
The good news is that there are a number of resources available to help students who are struggling. External support services such as counselling services, support groups, and online resources can all provide valuable support and guidance, as well as a safe space.
Many institutions offer drop in sessions to support student wellbeing. Speaking to a wellbeing adviser can make a huge difference to the daily lives of students.
In addition, many schools now employ a student wellbeing team to offer specialist support services like stress management and mindfulness support.
By taking advantage of an in person student wellbeing service, students can access advice to learn how to better cope with the challenges of school life. These services require funding in order to be made available.
WHAt Penstripe is doing for student wellbeing
Working with acknowledged experts in mental health and student wellbeing, we have created a library of wellbeing support options for inclusion in Student Planners that encourage conversations about physical and mental health.
When we started this project, we believed the inclusion of this type of vital information into a tool that concerned students, teachers and parents/carers use on hourly/daily basis would be incredibly powerful.
It can’t be underestimated how important the bringing together of this information with a school’s ongoing student wellbeing services has been.
Providing readily available access to this information, in the simple and trusted format of your School Planner, has created an extra and perhaps timely additional touchpoint to school wide efforts to maintain a supportive, safe and healthy educational environment for all involved to thrive within.
Student wellbeing team
If you are interested in student wellbeing services in your school, college or university, you can contact our student wellbeing team by phone on 0113 231 0995 or by filling in the form at the bottom of the page.
FOUR GREAT STEPS FORWARD
In the recent past Penstripe have supported the health and wellbeing conversation by making the following available for inclusion in school Student Planners:
The Eatwell Guide of recommended eating for a healthy and balanced diet, supported with prompts to create and record daily physical activity.
The Student Wellbeing section, a self-guided support tool for students, now used annually by over well over 1,000 schools around the world.
The Study Skills section, 32 pages of supporting exercises to help students thrive under the pressure of exams, published in partnership with Inspire Education.
The Learning & Wellbeing Journal, launched in 2022 as all-encompassing solution to help students develop greater self-confidence and healthier behaviours.
EXAMPLE PAGES FROM THE LEARNING & WELLBEING JOURNAL
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