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.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 an extremely difficult year for everybody and it is 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 first aiders

CIPFA is training mental health first aiders who will be available to students, staff and trainers. Once these volunteers have been trained, check back here for details of how to contact them.

Wellbeing webinars

A first series of wellbeing webinars was delivered in April and May 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

Our second series of wellbeing webinars began on November 10 2020. You can book your place on these sessions now, and they will also be available on demand.

Values: steering you towards happiness, in work and in life

Tuesday 10 November, 10-11am - Book Here

Goal Setting: targets you’ll want to achieve

Tuesday 17 November, 10-11am – Book Here

Choices: increase your understanding of others and make better choices 

Tuesday 24 November, 10-11am – Book Here

Resilience: building for 2021 and beyond

Tuesday 8 December, 10-11am – Book Here

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. If you can, take some form of exercise - whether that’s a walk, home workout or run. There are lots of guided workouts and yoga flows available for free online. Guided meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises are also readily available online which can help with relaxation.

Apps which may help you 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.

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