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Welfare newsThe consequences of the coronavirus pandemic present challenges for us all, whether it’s in adapting to new ways of living and working, maintaining a healthy routine, or getting to grips with the technology that can keep us connected to others. Managing our mental health and wellbeing is a priority in these difficult times and for some this may be their most significant challenge.

All members of the College Welfare team are now working from home, and remain available to our students to support them in meeting the challenges that they face. Members of the team are keen to remain in touch with students on a one-to-one basis. They have also been in contact with the whole student body to share information and resources on issues such as how to adapt to distance learning, and to support individual wellbeing. Any student is welcome to contact us by email, telephone, and online platforms, from wherever they may be.

Other sources of information and support for our students include the University Counselling Service, and also our Univ peer supporters. Recognising and responding to concerns about the additional pressures that all students now face, the University has also provided students free access to Big White Wall. This is an established online service for those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. It offers peer-to-peer support in online forums moderated by trained practitioners, as well as a range of guided programmes focusing on specific wellbeing issues.

The College remains committed to supporting all of our students both through and beyond the current pandemic. Students are warmly encouraged to be in touch with our Welfare team and to raise any concerns that they may have.

Revd Dr Andrew Gregory, Chaplain and Welfare Fellow – E: Andrew.Gregory@univ.ox.ac.uk
Aimee Rhead, Student Disability and Welfare Advisor – E: Aimee.Rhead@univ.ox.ac.uk

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Published: 11 May 2020

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