Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Health and Wellbeing

Exams and studying alongside work can be stressful at the best of times. Add in a global pandemic and things can become extremely difficult.

Exams and studying alongside work can be stressful at the best of times. Add in a global pandemic and things can become extremely difficult. That means it's more important than ever for us to take the time to look after our mental health and wellbeing. We have compiled a list of helpful tools and resources, which we be updated over time, to help you in taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

CIPFA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is full of free resources for you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks who may need support. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there’s no need to register.

Mental health first aiders

CIPFA has five trained mental health first aiders who will be available to students, staff and trainers. Check back here for details of how to contact them, whether related to the pandemic or something else. 

Wellbeing webinars

Wellbeing webinars were delivered in Spring and Autumn of 2020 and are available to view in the CIPFA Learning area. The initial series was six sessions long and covered the following themes:

  • Separating Study, Life and Work
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Sleep
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Food and Diet
  • The Others in Our Lives
  • Values: steering you towards happiness, in work and in life
  • Goal Setting: targets you’ll want to achieve
  • Choices: increase your understanding of others and make better choices 
  • Resilience: building for 2021 and beyond 

Useful resources


Music can be a really powerful tool for relaxation and concentration. Here are some recommended listens:


Exercise can be very helpful for relaxation and stress relief. If you can, take some form of exercise - whether that’s a walk, home workout or run. Guided meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises are also readily available online which can help with relaxation. In response to the pandemic lots of guided exercise has moved online, you can find all types of workout and instructors online with some content available for free.


Apps which may help you in stressful periods include:

  • Headspace – the app is free to download. If you choose an annual subscription this is £49.99 and comes with a two week free trial. The monthly subscription is £9.99 a month and comes with a 1 week free trial
  • Calm – the app is free to download with a limited version available for free. You can have a free seven day trial of the premium version, £28.99 for the premium version a year
  • Smiling Mind – free app with a variety of mindfulness exercises
  • Insight Timer – a free app with guided meditations and mindfulness exercises

External links

If you are struggling right now and would like more information, please visit: