Webinar ´Academic Zen: Mastering Mental Resilience for Student Success´

Wednesday - March 20, 2024

WebinarLeads4you presents the webinar summit about mastering academic Zen, how to master mental resilience for student success. Academic Zen is not about some mystical calm, but for the art of maintaining focus, adaptability, and positivity amidst study challenges.

In today’s session, we delve into mental health and eco-anxiety, significant hurdles in every student’s academic path. Universities play a crucial role, offering techniques and environments that nurture mental well-being and foster academic flourishing.

We will uncover strategies for developing a mindset equipped to face academic storms with grace and strength. Through academic Zen, students learn not just to survive, but to thrive, transforming challenges into stepping stones for growth.

In the discussion in the webinar summit to discover how universities, a mental health coach and experts can help you to academic success.

Intro:  Okay, great. Welcome everybody to this webinar summit, as you heard in the introduction already about academic Zen.

In other words, yeah, getting tools and tips about mastering your mental health and your mental resilience for student success. My name is Luke Mulling from WebinarLeads4you and I welcome you again, everyone, and I already see different people joining in from different parts of the world, so that’s great to see.

And we also have three great s lined up, but before we go over to them, let me briefly explain the interactive options that we have for you, as we like to make it as interactive as possible.

Now, without further ado, let’s go over to the presenters as we have three great presenters as mentioned to you, lined up there. Yeah, so great that they joined us from different parts of the world. So we have them all logging in from different parts. And let’s start off with Solenn. Welcome Solenn. Maybe you can briefly introduce yourself.

I believe you’re logging in from Bali, right?

_05 (00:03:31 – 00:03:41):  Yes, hello everyone and welcome. Thank you. I’m French. I live in Belgium and I’m right now in Bali. So it’s truly an international session.

_05 (00:03:41 – 00:03:56):  I think all of us are different places of the world. So I’m very happy to have you with us. Regarding myself, I am the founder and CEO of Vanilla International.

_05 (00:03:56 – 00:04:08):  And I have two target groups. The first one is universities. So I help them develop the international relations. And the second one is students who want to study abroad.

_05 (00:04:08 – 00:04:23):  So this is what I do. I have some training in coaching for orientation and motivation, especially for young people. So that’s it in a nutshell about me if you want to know more, I can tell you.

_05 (00:04:23 – 00:04:30):  But now I think I give the mic to Sue.

_01 (00:04:30 – 00:04:41):  Thank you. I like passing the ball here. So I’m Sue Macarolum, I’m the director of study abroad and global engagement at Embry Rital, Aeronautical University.

_01 (00:04:41 – 00:04:55):  And we have campuses in Florida, Arizona, Singapore and worldwide. I actually just left Soline in Bali and I’m coming to you guys from Perth, Australia at the API conference.

_01 (00:04:55 – 00:05:03):  So if any of you all are at API right now, please let me know. I would love to meet up with you at API to say hello. Thank you. Thank you.

 (00:05:03 – 00:05:09):  Okay. Thank you. Thank you. Okay. Thank you. I’m Dicking the ball.

_03 (00:05:09 – 00:05:26):  So, if you want, I’m Christian. I’m French and I’m teacher and researcher in management in a business school in Paris.

_03 (00:05:26 – 00:05:39):  And I’m director of research of development for the wake up lab, which is a shink and do tank, especially in sustainability.

_03 (00:05:39 – 00:05:53):  So we are working on how to make education more sustainable and more adapted to the challenges raised by environmental crisis and social crisis.

_04 (00:05:53 – 00:06:04):  Great. Well, welcome everyone again. And yeah, let’s start off. Let’s hear about the students mental health.

_04 (00:06:04 – 00:06:09):  Christian has prepared this share. He will kick it off. So I go ahead Christian.

_03 (00:06:09 – 00:06:21):  Yes, as a researcher, I just wanted to give you an overview on this topic of students mental health.

_03 (00:06:21 – 00:06:39):  I was evitating between such presentation and such title and the title of time bomb because I think mental health and students mental health is a real time bomb.

_03 (00:06:39 – 00:06:54):  I will explain why. Some figures from France under large TV that was led in France in 2023.

_03 (00:06:54 – 00:07:16):  So the results are very worrying but interesting. 41% of young people aged 18 to 24 say their experiences moderate or severe depression.

_03 (00:07:16 – 00:07:33):  That is very huge. Very, very important topic of incorporation before the COVID-19 there were 25 persons.

_03 (00:07:33 – 00:07:47):  So there is real COVID-19 effects. One in five students reported having social efforts before 2020.

_03 (00:07:47 – 00:08:03):  So before the COVID and after the COVID there were one in three. So that’s also incorporating 70% of few people.

_03 (00:08:03 – 00:08:24):  The 25% of the children and the 25% are very young and the interest, remote, psychological support units, the increase of 40% of the progress after the pandemic.

_03 (00:08:24 – 00:08:40):  Among young adults there are more young adults that are not in training or not employed.

_03 (00:08:40 – 00:09:01):  That’s the surface from the either raise of depression. So education and activities, activities and employment can have good effects on mental health.

_03 (00:09:01 – 00:09:17):  Student health, you know it. It’s a period of vulnerability with moving from the parents house, transition, adjustment in personal life.

_03 (00:09:17 – 00:09:32):  There are some academic requirements that can give some pressure in graduate studies, social isolation, financial priority.

_03 (00:09:32 – 00:09:57):  When you are a student who are experimenting life and many things in life and experimenting and maybe some risk-giving areas that can affect mental and physical health that’s important to integrate and new responsibilities.

_03 (00:09:57 – 00:10:16):  Meditating time, finances, social relationship and life choices. This period of vulnerability is very complicated and worrying in the public crisis world.

_03 (00:10:16 – 00:10:40):  Characterizes by the crisis and the different local adults that can have affected many students in what concerns their students, their organization during the studies and their organization.

_03 (00:10:40 – 00:11:01):  They can give high access to the health system that can affect their preparatoryity and the high access to new jobs, for example.

_03 (00:11:01 – 00:11:25):  There are also some geopolitical concerns with the Ukraine situation, Israel, Middle East problems that can affect mental health.

_03 (00:11:25 – 00:11:45):  Students can have access to very violent values or energy on social networks and the context of the environmental crisis and important terms, the term of equal anxiety.

_03 (00:11:45 – 00:11:56):  Maybe you’ll agree. It’s a psychological response to uncertainty raised by the environmental crisis.

_03 (00:11:56 – 00:12:30):  Equal anxiety can be expressed by some worrying fears, more stress that affect mental health and maybe some addictions in particular addictions to social networks, which is the concept of formal, fear of missing out, fears of missing out some news that have some effects on

_03 (00:12:30 – 00:13:04):  the mental health. The situation is to be put into perspective. The collective awareness on mental health is very interesting and there are some favorable echoes in the pop culture, music, arts, sports, professional sportsmen and sports women.

_03 (00:13:04 – 00:13:36):  It gives some very interesting testimonies about mental health problems, we are thinking about Naomi Usaka in the New Simon Bell in Gymnastic, named on the Syria and Rick in football and Terry Henry’s football champion recently gave a very interesting and fascinating testimony

_03 (00:13:36 – 00:13:55):  on his depression. That’s very interesting and now it is easier to speak about mental health problems and maybe it is why the figures are so high.

_03 (00:13:55 – 00:14:30):  It is also very interesting because it’s way for us and the opportunity for us to freeze the floor and to create new spaces about speaking to such topics and new spaces that can permit to innovate and create some solutions and some tips to go for it.

_03 (00:14:30 – 00:14:48):  I assume that Solane will speak about it and the way we can take the research issue in the universities and go for it.

_03 (00:14:48 – 00:14:51):  Thank you very much.

_01 (00:14:51 – 00:15:23):  Hi, so I am kind of a basic person when it comes to student mental health. I have introduced myself and Christian had talked about addiction to social media but I think even that part of that addiction, not just the addiction but social media promotes this unnatural glorification of what your body should be, what you should wear, what cars you should buy, where you should go, how you party.

_01 (00:15:23 – 00:15:33):  All of that kind of thing compounds this addiction that students have to social media but it’s not just the social media. We have the news.

_01 (00:15:33 – 00:15:53):  I don’t know about the other countries. I can talk about America. If you watch the news, the world is ending if you didn’t know. It is quite depressing for students to see the news with a climate crisis and the stress of just different things that are going on in the world.

_01 (00:15:53 – 00:16:07):  The one thing too is what is your home life? Are your parents together? Do you have a good solid family whether or not that supports you and things that you do?

_01 (00:16:07 – 00:16:20):  How are you brought up? There are all kinds of things that go in, of course, as you guys know, to the students’ mental health. With that, I’m going to segue into our story.

_01 (00:16:20 – 00:16:31):  As I said, I’m the director of study abroad and global engagement at Embry Riddle. Last summer, I have a lot of faculty-led programs that go out over the summer with our students.

_01 (00:16:31 – 00:16:43):  We send out well over 300 students every year. We had one particular program. I’ve been doing this 12 years with no incident, nothing serious.

_01 (00:16:43 – 00:16:57):  I was actually on vacation. It was a summer. My boss was turning up a certain age and he had people flying in, far all over to celebrate the certain age.

_01 (00:16:57 – 00:17:11):  I was up in North Carolina. I live in Florida. I got a phone call from our partner in Santa Italy saying I couldn’t understand really well.

_01 (00:17:11 – 00:17:23):  Bottom line, one of our students had committed suicide. Thank God. We were in Santa Italy and Santa Italy is a location where they have a medical school.

_01 (00:17:23 – 00:17:43):  My partner was saying that they were able to reanimate him. They were able to reanimate him. This is the cultural piece that comes in because reanimation of a person is not something I was familiar with. I was like, please explain to me what does reanimation mean and it meant that they brought the student back from death.

_01 (00:17:43 – 00:17:58):  What happened immediately, our policy is to get someone over to wherever the crisis is within 24 to 48 hours. We also have a requirement of a number of professors that have to be on a program depending on where the program is.

_01 (00:17:58 – 00:18:19):  In this particular case, the professor was just one professor because we have a very trusted partner over there. The one thing is, this was at night and two of the students found the one student and they knew something was going on the way the student was texting another one.

_01 (00:18:19 – 00:18:33):  But they couldn’t get a hold of the professor, which is very important. The professor was already asleep and I was on the phone where the students knew where the professor was staying and we eventually were able to wake up the professor and get the professor involved.

_01 (00:18:33 – 00:18:45):  The partner was phenomenal, they were there within five minutes they called the medical. To get someone over on the ground, there’s part of our policy, I was on vacation.

_01 (00:18:45 – 00:18:59):  It would take me a while to get back because we had to pack up our equipment and things like that. I couldn’t go for a while until I got back to Florida.

_01 (00:18:59 – 00:19:10):  My boss couldn’t leave because they had people flying in from all over the place to celebrate his birthday. So already two layers are gone, right?

_01 (00:19:10 – 00:19:30):  Two layers are gone. But luckily we had even more than two layers when it is talking about crisis relief and we were able to send our university chaplain over there to be on the scene within 48 hours of the crisis beginning.

_01 (00:19:30 – 00:19:46):  We were also able to send one of the parents over there. It was a very complicated situation for this child, which also compounded no doubt the reason that he attempted to kill himself while he was over there.

_01 (00:19:46 – 00:20:04):  It turns out also that the student was spurned by another student, which means that it was rejected by another student. So that furthered whatever mental health issues he was having to create the situation for him.

_01 (00:20:04 – 00:20:15):  And one thing about what we do is when students apply for our programs, and this is based on our university attorney, it is all self-reporting.

_01 (00:20:15 – 00:20:32):  And of course you guys know what the privacy laws in Europe and how that goes. And this student did not self-report any kind of mental health issues. So immediately we are at a disadvantage for helping any students that might have any kind of issues while over there.

_01 (00:20:32 – 00:20:42):  So it turned out very well that he did survive. We had the mother over there. We were with the mother 24-7.

_01 (00:20:42 – 00:21:03):  We got her from the airport. We took her there. And you know, thank goodness everything turned out right. But interestingly, the student after he was reanimated and after he was in a coma for quite a while, but after we got him out of the coma, the student wanted to stay on the program.

_01 (00:21:03 – 00:21:16):  And I was like, no, the student must return. Because again, when something like that happens and you have a lot of students who are also there, it just doesn’t affect the student who tried to commit suicide.

_01 (00:21:16 – 00:21:34):  It affects those that are around, especially affects those who found the student. What we did is we also tried to protect his privacy as much as possible because not all the students knew exactly what happened.

_01 (00:21:34 – 00:21:47):  It’s very difficult when it’s a group and they obviously know something’s missing. But we did as much as we could to protect his privacy. And definitely we did what the students did. We had told the students, please do not share what happened.

_01 (00:21:47 – 00:22:04):  It’s okay to say that there was a medical issue. So those are some of the things that we did. The student did return to home and did not return to the regular academics at our university.

_01 (00:22:04 – 00:22:16):  Took off a semester. This is actually the first semester that the student is back and doing well so far. So it was quite a horrifying story.

_01 (00:22:16 – 00:22:29):  And the layers of response that we had, although the first two layers dissolved, I had actually turned back.

_01 (00:22:29 – 00:22:51):  We had driven two hours back towards Florida as we were trying to figure out who are response first was going to be. And actually I was able to continue on vacation but once that happens you’re never back on vacation because you’re monitoring the situation and having lots of communication and information with the leadership of the university and with the family and the professor on there.

_01 (00:22:51 – 00:23:09):  Because also your professors are also affected when things like this happen. So even if it’s at your university and it might not be on a study abroad program, which you have an international student at your university and they attempt suicide or are able to complete suicide.

_01 (00:23:09 – 00:23:21):  I was just talking to a friend at another university and they’ve had five suicides of international students at their university. So there’s something happening, which is very sad with that.

_01 (00:23:21 – 00:23:33):  So I’ll segue into that about what we do. You heard about our study abroad program. So I’m coming from a little bit of a different angle when it talks about study abroad and global engagement exchange.

_01 (00:23:33 – 00:23:48):  But what we do for our international students, whether they’re exchange students coming in or international students who are getting a four-year degree at our university, I think we have a wonderful infrastructure for our international students who are coming in to see us.

_01 (00:23:48 – 00:24:04):  So one is they must carry insurance and they have to meet our insurance, whether they buy our insurance or they’re able to get another insurance and bring that in that has the same coverage as ours, which would include counseling services.

_01 (00:24:04 – 00:24:26):  So that’s one thing. They have to carry that. We also have our own counseling services on campus, on all of our campuses. So if any student is having any kind of issue, they’re welcome to go there and they can do it online, virtually with someone or they can go in person, whatever they’re feeling more comfortable with as well.

_01 (00:24:26 – 00:24:42):  We have incoming mandatory orientation that covers some issues on mental health as well. They all have to go on it. And if they happen to miss it for whatever reason, we catch them and they still have to participate in the mandatory orientation.

_01 (00:24:42 – 00:24:59):  I think one of the most important things for international students at your university is that you, where I want to say where the tire hits the road, is really with your professors who are in class teaching these international students.

_01 (00:24:59 – 00:25:12):  They’re with that student, in some cases three times a week. So the professors get to know their students and they can tell when their students might be not performing like they should or behaving differently.

_01 (00:25:12 – 00:25:38):  So what we also have is we always have something available to our professors and staff and staff of student of concern. So if there is a student that maybe our international student services is talking to or one of our professors notes that there’s an issue with a student, there is a student of concern, a form online form that our professors can fill out or our staff can fill out.

_01 (00:25:38 – 00:25:52):  And we immediately get with that student to find out what is going on, do a mental health intervention or just talk to them, see what’s going on, how are you feeling.

_01 (00:25:52 – 00:26:13):  So there’s also continuous opportunities for students to engage and become involved in the university, not just academically, because academics will, I mean, if you’re like me, I was not a strong academic, I’m lucky to have gotten my degree, I’ll admit that, you know, but to engage on a social level.

_01 (00:26:13 – 00:26:34):  So that maybe they don’t feel so alone, that they do have a common group of individuals to hang them around with. And as much as we try and get our international students who are exchanged to integrate and many of them do, most of them do, but sometimes they like to meet with each other.

_01 (00:26:34 – 00:26:47):  So they might be from Germany or from France or from Singapore or wherever. And they tend to get together because they have this common bond. And I don’t try to break that. I don’t try to say, oh my gosh, you’re not integrating into the American culture.

_01 (00:26:47 – 00:27:01):  You know why? Because as soon as they step off the plane in America, they’re engaging in the American culture. There’s no way to get away from it. Or if our student goes over to Morocco, they are going to be engaging in the Moroccan culture no matter what.

_01 (00:27:01 – 00:27:17):  So sometimes some of the best ones are to be with other international students because you’re going through the same adjustment time, you know, mental adjustments to which you are, different food, different language, different way of doing things.

_01 (00:27:17 – 00:27:28):  So getting them engaged is an continuous opportunity to do that. And also surveys. We do send out surveys every once in a while, climate survey, you know, how are you doing?

_01 (00:27:28 – 00:27:39):  What could we do better to serve you? And also our accessibility is very high. Students can just walk in. If they need to see us, they can just walk in.

_01 (00:27:39 – 00:27:50):  We are not at an arm’s length. We are not. We’re okay. Look, you know, these are the only times you could come in. They can come in and talk to us anytime if they need help.

_01 (00:27:50 – 00:28:12):  So I have the one thing written down there and the one thing was at the top. And I will tell you the one thing. I don’t care how much you have in place as far as helping students, you know, whether it’s the mental health side, whether it’s the reporting side, whether it’s the helping them become more engaged in the university.

_01 (00:28:12 – 00:28:22):  But the one thing is that if you don’t have a culture of caring for these students, whether they’re international or domestic students, it’s not going to matter.

_01 (00:28:22 – 00:28:50):  You’ve got to have that culture of caring and understanding the concept that each individual has a need. And it’s not that you have to know what each of the students needs are, but you have to have the willingness to learn and listen to what each of those students needs are.

_01 (00:28:50 – 00:29:09):  So those are just my takeaways. And I hope that it has helped you guys. And with that, I’m going to move it over to Sully. And thank you guys so much.

_05 (00:29:09 – 00:29:32):  So we’ve addressed quite a few things with Christian and Sue already, like having the other view, addressing issues, having a real life, unfortunate experience and how the university dealt with it, not only the whole university, but also the whole university.

_05 (00:29:32 – 00:29:46):  So I think it was a great example to see how it can happen. That’s a known times and how solidarity can prevail.

_05 (00:29:46 – 00:30:00):  So I’ll be going over my presentation. So after addressing this, I think it’s important to recognize and accept that we may all have certain points of our lives.

_05 (00:30:00 – 00:30:18):  Some mental health issues and it’s okay. It’s totally okay. If someone is trying to tell you that it’s only you or something, it’s normally not true because we all have to kind of faces.

_05 (00:30:18 – 00:30:35):  And the idea is when you have recognized and accepted, then you can try to find your solution, the ones that will work for you and try to transform a bit of this vicious circle into a virtuous one.

_05 (00:30:35 – 00:30:54):  So I already talked about me, so I won’t be going over that again. I just wanted to mention that I’m working on a European project called Emerge, which is about empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs who stress management education in youth.

_05 (00:30:54 – 00:31:11):  So the idea is to help young people, especially the one who are not in education, employment or training, Christian mentioned them in his presentation, that they are even more affected by mental health issues.

_05 (00:31:11 – 00:31:34):  But we actually address any young people who want to develop their stress management skills. So if you in the audience are interested in the results of our project, we will start working this May and the project will last two years, so feel free to reach out to me if you want to know what we do.

_05 (00:31:34 – 00:31:44):  And I hope that it can help you. So there is a QR code here. We can’t use it with the tool that we have right now.

_05 (00:31:44 – 00:32:14):  So I’ll be just asking you questions. Please write in the chat to participate a little bit because I want to know more. I want to know more about you. So the first thing I would like to know is what comes to your mind when you hear about mental health, what mental wellbeing, if you can just write a few words that come to your mind because it can be something different for everyone.

_05 (00:32:14 – 00:32:30):  So I let you a few seconds, few minutes to tell us because three of us, four of us with Luca here and we are talking about all this.

_05 (00:32:30 – 00:32:40):  But I saw in the questions already, some people are hesitating, focus piece of mind. Okay, that’s great. Great words to start.

_05 (00:32:40 – 00:32:56):  Anyone else wants to contribute and I’m really interested in knowing what comes to your mind. Focus again. All right. I think inner peace, stability.

_05 (00:32:56 – 00:32:57):  Okay.

 (00:32:57 – 00:32:59):  All right. So relaxed.

_05 (00:32:59 – 00:33:18):  Okay, this is this is really good piece. So yeah, there is a common idea right here, right off if you can imagine some water that doesn’t move too much.

_05 (00:33:18 – 00:33:32):  Well, we do know that life is not like this. It’s more like a river. If some of you watch Pocahontas, sometimes it’s a crazy river and sometimes it will be a very quiet one.

_05 (00:33:32 – 00:33:51):  Okay. Thank you for contributing. Then I would like to ask you how have you been feeling since, for example, the beginning of this year, the beginning of 2024 from, I don’t know, scale to very bad to awesome.

_05 (00:33:51 – 00:34:04):  If you can, yes, tell us a little bit about that. How have you been feeling lately and maybe if you can tell us why, what was the reason?

_05 (00:34:04 – 00:34:21):  Is it because of exams, of money, of money, of what you see in the news, anything else? If you can share that with us a little bit, so we have a better idea.

 (00:34:21 – 00:34:22):  Okay.

_05 (00:34:22 – 00:34:36):  We have a four here. Number two. Okay. Please, one neutral.

_05 (00:34:36 – 00:34:42):  We’re waiting for maybe two or three more answers.

 (00:34:42 – 00:34:43):  Yes.

_05 (00:34:43 – 00:34:55):  Number two. I guess it’s a bit Anna. Yeah, indeed. So this affects you a lot.

_05 (00:34:55 – 00:35:10):  For probably various reasons. Maybe you see persons like Max, Christian, maybe you can tell us, okay, death of, yes, a family member.

_05 (00:35:10 – 00:35:25):  Of course, it affects you. Indeed, not only in personal life, but everything else. Okay. Thank you for sharing that with us.

 (00:35:25 – 00:35:26):  Waiting.

_05 (00:35:26 – 00:35:47):  I’m feeling lonely. Okay. We have been talking about this in Christian’s presentation as well. So my next question is when you feel stressed or anxious or sad, what do you do that helps?

_05 (00:35:47 – 00:36:01):  Or what did you try, but didn’t really help? Can you tell us a bit more about this? Maybe some other participants will be interested as well. And in what you say, maybe they will try that out for themselves.

_05 (00:36:01 – 00:36:17):  So it will be a good contribution. Might be helpful for someone else. So you could tell us a bit more about what you do, what you do when you’re not feeling right.

_05 (00:36:17 – 00:36:25):  Just giving you some time to think and write.

 (00:36:25 – 00:36:26):  Okay.

_05 (00:36:26 – 00:36:38):  We have a few answers in coming sports, free the book. Okay.

_05 (00:36:38 – 00:36:50):  That’s really good. That’s really nice. Yoga, okay.

_05 (00:36:50 – 00:37:12):  Anything else that you would like to share? Yeah. Listen to music. Okay.

_05 (00:37:12 – 00:37:23):  So we have a few things related to physical activity. Other things more like the stomach. And something else.

_05 (00:37:23 – 00:37:42):  Yes, it’s more about feeling, reading, watching a movie. Okay. That’s really nice. Thank you for sharing that with us. I just wanted to share with you a few solutions, a few options.

_05 (00:37:42 – 00:37:53):  The idea is that you don’t have to try everything. You can try a few of them and see if it works out for you or not. Okay.

_05 (00:37:53 – 00:38:11):  Exercise. And just to give you a few options that you can pick if you want. So the first thing is something that came very naturally in the answers is about a physical well-being, which can be really related to how you feel in your mind.

_05 (00:38:11 – 00:38:22):  And it can help you. So you have activities which will help you release some steam. So we have seen a dancing, walking, exercising.

_05 (00:38:22 – 00:38:33):  And some other activities will be more like to calm you down. The meditation, the yoga, the breathing as well.

_05 (00:38:33 – 00:38:45):  So I’m just giving a few examples and application names that some of them that I use. Some of them I heard about them.

_05 (00:38:45 – 00:38:56):  Maybe you know others. That’s also for sure. So to breathe, to help you.

_05 (00:38:56 – 00:39:09):  And for exercise, I used to watch a blog at this. Because it’s at the same time she’s doing Pilates and she’s doing empowerment speeches.

_05 (00:39:09 – 00:39:21):  So she’s combining both things. So these are a few ideas. Having a good sleep is also important. I know it’s not always easy.

_05 (00:39:21 – 00:39:33):  But I found for myself that having some kind of routine. And I tried to stretch just a few minutes before sleeping. And it helps as well.

_05 (00:39:33 – 00:39:45):  But maybe it will be something else for you. And the most important is that you can find what works for you in particular. And it may work today, but not next year.

_05 (00:39:45 – 00:39:59):  Maybe you have something that worked a few months ago, but not anymore. And that’s okay. That’s okay because we evolve. Another thing is about creativity and some me time, some alone time.

_05 (00:39:59 – 00:40:10):  So it could be to collect your thoughts or on the opposite side. Like to not think at all, to just turn off your brain and do something.

_05 (00:40:10 – 00:40:21):  And usually it works when you do something with your hands. So it can be drafting something. There are so many options to be drafting on using your hands.

_05 (00:40:21 – 00:40:36):  A puzzle crochet, a color painting, anything. Building something. And journaling also it’s working for some people to be writing to put the things out of your head.

_05 (00:40:36 – 00:40:50):  Playing, playing games. And then I’m going to start with the first one. That also may help some people for sure. Another thing is, so we had the me time, more alone time.

_05 (00:40:50 – 00:41:03):  We also have the social activities. So on social networks, but also with people. So what I would really recommend, because we’ve been talking about social media and the presentation.

_05 (00:41:03 – 00:41:14):  And I would really suggest that you sort the accounts you follow. Make you feel good. Not the ones that make you feel less, that make you feel sad.

_05 (00:41:14 – 00:41:29):  That make you feel, I don’t know, threatened or something. Follow accounts. Yeah, I see a common social media is not social. So let’s make it a little bit more empowering for you.

_05 (00:41:29 – 00:41:44):  There are a few accounts that I follow myself here, but I probably have, you probably have others. So if you like scrolling, then make sure that maybe your feed is filled with more positive things.

_05 (00:41:44 – 00:41:57):  Then negative or comparing yourself to someone else. Because you already know that and you heard it, but I’m saying it again. What you see on social media is not the reality.

_05 (00:41:57 – 00:42:10):  It’s what people want to show you. And it’s what you want to show people. So it’s not reality. Then you can search through. I mentioned I’m now living in Belgium.

_05 (00:42:10 – 00:42:26):  I arrived in France last year and I knew nobody in Belgium. So I was a bit anxious to think, okay, how am I going to meet people? And actually, I realized that there are a few expect Facebook groups that I could join.

_05 (00:42:26 – 00:42:40):  It’s just an example. I think it can be many other things, maybe you’ve heard of me tap next door or discord communities, for example. And that’s actually how I met a few friends.

_05 (00:42:40 – 00:42:52):  And I say that I kind of feel like a Rasmus student right now, because I made a lot of friends from Belgium, from Brazil, from India, from other parts of Europe.

_05 (00:42:52 – 00:43:09):  And it’s wonderful. And I never thought I could actually find people through Facebook. So that’s what again, that’s what worked for me. Maybe for you, it will be something else, but it feels good to have a group of people that you can meet when you want.

_05 (00:43:09 – 00:43:23):  And actually all the previous activities that I mentioned, you can do them on your own, you can do it with friends, like all the crafting, all the exercising, you can do it with other people as well for sure.

_05 (00:43:23 – 00:43:39):  And I want to hesitate to reach out to someone, be the one to reach out to someone, because you’ll be helping yourself and maybe you’ll be helping someone else. Another thing is within your work, because some of you are studying, right?

_05 (00:43:39 – 00:43:55):  So maybe sometimes you feel overwhelmed, you don’t know where to start, you’re procrastinating a bit. Maybe you can concentrate. So there are a few apps as well that are good for project management. So I mentioned that I’m an entrepreneur.

_05 (00:43:55 – 00:44:27):  So of course, I do need this kind of tools to help me manage my time, manage my planning, help concentrate. You have all the agenda apps, some other free apps. For concentrating, you have, like for example, I have an app built in my laptop that I can turn on to say, okay, I don’t want any notification during 20, 30 minutes, one hour so that I can concentrate on a task.

_05 (00:44:27 – 00:44:39):  And it can be something as simple as putting your phone away from you, not in an arm-reaching distance, so that you don’t feel tempting to look at it.

_05 (00:44:39 – 00:44:56):  And as I was saying, I’ll sit and try to test things. Maybe you’ve heard about, I don’t know how it’s called, but if you are a wolf or a bear or something, I don’t remember the fault one, but depending on maybe feel more.

_05 (00:44:56 – 00:45:16):  I’m more productive in the morning or maybe it’s in the evening, so try to focus on that and see, okay, right now I’m not able to concentrate on that also. Maybe I should do something else. And I know that early morning, usually I’m quite fresh, so maybe that’s when I should be working on something.

_05 (00:45:16 – 00:45:40):  But that you can only know if you try to track your habits a little bit and if you try out things, so some work and some will. And again, you can find inspiration on some YouTube channels, on websites, there are some books about productivity, time management, so that’s also another thing.

_05 (00:45:40 – 00:45:51):  Very important. I mentioned all those things, okay, but do not put more pressure on yourself than you already have, okay.

_05 (00:45:51 – 00:46:04):  Be your best friend, because even myself, sometimes I see, okay, maybe I should do Pilates 20 minutes and maybe I should read a book 30 minutes and maybe I should do face your gap for seven minutes.

_05 (00:46:04 – 00:46:17):  And if it keeps going on like this, then I don’t have time to do anything else, so it’s not possible to do everything. And some days you will, you just want to do nothing at all. And that’s also okay.

_05 (00:46:17 – 00:46:36):  If you don’t want, don’t force yourself. Just do things that make you feel good, that you have an interest in. So that was an important point I wanted to mention to you, so keep it in mind. And we’re going to the end of the presentation.

_05 (00:46:36 – 00:46:48):  Sometimes it won’t be enough, okay. Those are a few pathways that you can try, but sometimes it’s not enough and it’s okay as well.

_05 (00:46:48 – 00:47:05):  Maybe you need some coaching or therapy. So just quickly what’s the difference for you will be about finding your how to do things and you will be finding that by yourself.

_05 (00:47:05 – 00:47:27):  And about psychology or psychiatry, it’s a medical professional who will be helping you out and psychiatry may be a pride medication also if it’s necessary. So keep in mind that if you need to see someone, it’s fine. It’s fine. It’s much better today than it was a few years ago to say that you’re seeing someone to help you.

_05 (00:47:27 – 00:47:52):  It’s not the problem to ask someone for help, right? So for help, you can see if your maybe your university has some on psych psychologist like Sue mentioned that it’s the case in her university she had there is a team to help students, for example.

_05 (00:47:52 – 00:48:08):  And you can check around you. It’s a simple as checking on Google maps, for example, if there are psychologists or coaches and if you have money issue, I know what it is to be a student.

_05 (00:48:08 – 00:48:27):  You can ask them. Most of them, they will do a lower price for you because you are a student, so don’t hesitate to ask. There are also other online services where you can talk to a psychologist or coach online. Don’t hesitate to try that out as well.

_05 (00:48:27 – 00:48:44):  If you’re not so comfortable in meeting someone face to face, so there are many different options and there are national ones as well. There is a in France, we call it daughter lead, for example, and I’m sure maybe in your country, you have something similar.

_05 (00:48:44 – 00:48:56):  And on the university side, it’s good to know if you have some medical centers or personal campus that you can redirect your student to.

_05 (00:48:56 – 00:49:12):  And if you don’t have the possibility to have the necessary resources inside because your institution is too small, for example, I would recommend to partner maybe with local care piece local coaches that you can send students to.

_05 (00:49:12 – 00:49:27):  And maybe they could you could also ask them to make lower prices for the students. It’s fine. Just quick overview. There are some wellness centers in universities.

_05 (00:49:27 – 00:49:48):  So I gave some examples in a business pool in France. If you want, we can share the presentation after so you can click on the links. And the case from campus science, you learn is interesting because it’s actually a group of schools and they share some facilities.

_05 (00:49:48 – 00:50:08):  So there will be different schools, but they will share the mental health facilities. So that’s a good option. I just another example, US in India, and I wanted to mention if some of you are familiar with European universities, there is one created in 2020 called UniWell.

_05 (00:50:08 – 00:50:25):  And they are really developing research and training programs, everything related to well-being and mental health. So those are really good initiatives that we start seeing and that we can of course only encourage.

_05 (00:50:25 – 00:50:33):  So that’s it. That’s my contact so we can move on to the question.

_04 (00:50:33 – 00:50:51):  Great. Well, thank you very much. First of all, everyone already present us for enlightening us with this great information. I think it was well received already by the audience. What I see from a lot of the motorcams, especially as well.

_04 (00:50:51 – 00:51:05):  So thanks for that. We did already receive some questions, so we go over to those. I just want to emphasize for the people that joined later or watching the recording, which I know more and more these days people do.

_04 (00:51:05 – 00:51:19):  We are all overwhelmed with a lot of work and studies. And of course, you cannot watch everything right away. That’s totally fine. That’s why we record this so you can watch it at your own pace, whatever you like.

_04 (00:51:19 – 00:51:37):  You can still answer polls as well, by the way. So and ask questions. You can write questions as well in the recording. We can pass them on if needed. All right. Let’s get to some of the questions.

_04 (00:51:37 – 00:51:51):  So we had a question. How do you deal with personal issue and the rigorous research courses together? It’s was in the beginning. I think you gave a lot of the ideas so already or some of the others as well.

_04 (00:51:51 – 00:52:01):  But does anyone want to say something else about this question? How do you deal with personal issues and the rigorous research courses?

_05 (00:52:01 – 00:52:17):  I was wondering if maybe the question was addressed to Christian because he was mentioning that he does research. I’m not sure maybe if the participant could precise.

_05 (00:52:17 – 00:52:27):  It’s true that Christian does a lot of things.

_04 (00:52:27 – 00:52:39):  Okay. So I see in the chat actually yes for Christian. Christian, do you want to address this question?

_02 (00:52:39 – 00:52:45):  Yes, please. Can you repeat the question?

_04 (00:52:45 – 00:52:52):  Yes, sure. How do you deal with personal issues and the rigorous research courses together?

_02 (00:52:52 – 00:53:00):  Okay.

_03 (00:53:00 – 00:53:37):  I think it’s not the same. That’s a length present. It’s I think research courses are like I like study on study. The courses, the matter to deal with personal issue. I think it’s the same. That’s a matter that the students met in their studies.

_03 (00:53:37 – 00:53:57):  It’s good and it’s very interesting to talk about it in such a second.

_03 (00:53:57 – 00:54:16):  I like my own life, exercise, stretching, crafting, work organization. So yes, I think that’s so then who has the best answer?

_04 (00:54:16 – 00:54:29):  Okay, I think so then you need to give some good examples to that. So I hope that gives some tools to help in these situations.

_04 (00:54:29 – 00:54:51):  Bob, that helped you further. Let’s continue. We see, well, I think there are a couple of comments, more than questions maybe from students. That’s kind of hard to deal with both at the same time. I do manage to claim one and try to focus to do another thing, but I need to help more to overcome that better says every thing for that.

_04 (00:54:51 – 00:55:11):  And I also gave her an insight about I sometimes struggle with panic attacks and affects the performance in high pressure situations. So hopefully we could help you a little bit with some ideas. I don’t know if there’s anything else anyone wants to say about that before we go.

_05 (00:55:11 – 00:55:33):  If I may. Yeah, I was very touched that you shared that with us. Thank you very much. And I think that maybe the important question is how often do you struggle with this and when it happening, how do you deal with it? How do you manage?

_05 (00:55:33 – 00:55:48):  If it’s not too often and quite manageable, then in that case, I would recommend watching some maybe coaching videos or even seeing a coach to help you find some solutions of what you can do when it happens.

_05 (00:55:48 – 00:56:17):  And what you can do to prevent the situation, but if it’s more and more often, if it’s worse and worse every time, then maybe you should see a psychologist, someone who can help you understand why it happens and maybe deconstruct the idea in your mind and your body that makes you react to some of the things that you can do.

_05 (00:56:17 – 00:56:30):  And it makes you react this way. So try to understand what happens and then don’t hesitate to look for help if you think that’s necessary.

_04 (00:56:30 – 00:56:56):  Yeah, thank you. We did get the feedback from Anna. It’s not too often only more for exams. Yeah, some specific, I see I think indicated high pressure situations, but thanks for that. So then we get the question from Bartek to what extent is the university responsible for the mental health of the students in your opinion.

_04 (00:56:56 – 00:57:16):  Now, maybe I don’t know if each of you have an opinion about that. I see Sue nodding. So maybe you do have an idea. You of course were presenting a bit about this already about what and we riddle is doing, but maybe you want to say something more about that.

_01 (00:57:16 – 00:57:30):  Yeah, sure. And this could differ from culture to culture, country to country, but I know in the States, you know, the mental health of the student is not the responsibility of the university.

_01 (00:57:30 – 00:57:58):  And I want to clarify that in a second, but a university is not a mental health institution. It’s an institution of academics and delivering learning and things like that. However, I think it’s the responsibility of the university to provide an environment that allows students to, you know, express themselves in a way that works for the individual.

_01 (00:57:58 – 00:58:16):  So you also want to take away any barriers to students being able to, you know, have, have a ability to take care of themselves. I guess is the only way I can think of it.

_01 (00:58:16 – 00:58:45):  You know, provide pathways for student to succeed, you know, because if a student is succeeding, the mental health is going to be better. If, you know, if you are an institution that doesn’t control or have a mechanism for students to report bullying or go to someone for help when they’re not feeling really good because of maybe a social reason or a reason of.

_01 (00:58:45 – 00:59:11):  Of academics, whatever. But I think ultimately it is not the university’s responsibility for a student’s mental mental health. And again, that’s coming from my culture, coming from my university on how that is. And something I think that we haven’t mentioned in in in personal mental health is, you know, we’ve talked about social media and surrounding yourself with people that are good.

_01 (00:59:11 – 00:59:29):  But also something I think that is equally important for some people and that it’s not for everybody, but is is also their faith life. So if you have a faith, I think that’s something that can also play a role in improving your mental health or helping with your mental health.

_01 (00:59:29 – 00:59:38):  But something that’s definitely a factor that can be a positive influence in your life.

_04 (00:59:38 – 00:59:51):  Okay. Great. Thank you. Sue. That is appreciate. We also got thanks from Bartek. So I hope that answered the question and give an idea at least also about your opinion.

_04 (00:59:51 – 00:59:56):  The others too. Yes, sure. Go ahead.

_03 (00:59:56 – 01:00:41):  Yes, I do agree with you. I think yes, it’s very important for the university to create a quality learning environment for the success and well-being of everyone or for the students and the well-being of the student can affect. Also the staff and academics and I’m doing some research trying to demonstrate that’s well-being in the university can be a factor of performance and the level of better performance for the educational organizations.

_03 (01:00:41 – 01:00:53):  I think everything is interrelated and this issue is a very, this is my case issue.

_04 (01:00:53 – 01:01:01):  Great. Thanks. Kristi for that addition. So then I think you want maybe to add something or.

_05 (01:01:01 – 01:01:24):  I very much agree with my two colleagues. I just wanted to add a small thing for students who are watching us or anyone actually is that. Be sure that you are worth it. That you are worth getting better, that you are worth the respect from others, the respect from yourself.

_05 (01:01:24 – 01:01:29):  And nobody can take that away from you. That’s what I wanted to share.

_04 (01:01:29 – 01:01:49):  I think that is a very nice finish. I would almost say for wrapping this up, but we’re getting towards the end, but I think that is maybe one of the very good conclusions. I think I would say for my side. So you wanted to add something to that or you were.

_01 (01:01:49 – 01:02:01):  I think that’s just really quick too. I mean we all go through, I know I talk a lot. We all go through our own issues and things that get us really down.

_01 (01:02:01 – 01:02:12):  But the important thing to know and the one thing that we talked to our student about is, you know, these are temporary. Tomorrow is a different day. Day after tomorrow is a different day.

_01 (01:02:12 – 01:02:26):  If you don’t let anybody, don’t let anybody put your value on you. You put your own value on yourself because you are worth it.

_01 (01:02:26 – 01:02:38):  So tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow is a brighter day. Don’t let today get you down. And if it does, it’s going to go away. You define you. Nobody else defines you but you.

_01 (01:02:38 – 01:02:42):  And then a lot of stories on that one too.

_04 (01:02:42 – 01:02:59):  Great. Thank you very much. And yeah, we’re getting some thank you. So ready. Thanks for those words. So yeah, with that, I think we all around of the session. I think there was a great ending as well and appreciate all of your times.

_04 (01:02:59 – 01:03:18):  I believe I like to ask a couple of things. I had a polling question, but I have one more open up opening up right now. Because we create these topics for you and you is the audience. The students, the also the universities.

_04 (01:03:18 – 01:03:36):  I think we had a couple of universities joined today as well. I know they are very signed up on this as well. So we create these topics a couple of times a year. Yeah, to discuss these important themes that we feel are present in education.

_04 (01:03:36 – 01:03:57):  We usually do student recruitment to help students study abroad, but we also feel we have a good and important role in these topics in connecting people. So we have done sessions about sustainable campuses in the past. So I will put the link on the screen.

_04 (01:03:57 – 01:04:16):  Sorry, in the chat. But if you have an interest in other topics, do let us know. There’s the polling to vote on any of those. Because we would like to hear more about what you would like to hear about. So we want to deliver them for you.

_04 (01:04:16 – 01:04:36):  So I see some of the polling is already coming through. Thank you. I’m submitting now the link to some of the Webinar summits that we have done. Again, sustainable campuses was one also about soft skills. So I think maybe that leads in a little bit more to this point as well here., about the importance is of soft skills. And we would combine it with especially AI that is happening in today’s world, right? Big word of artificial intelligence. So I think there was an interesting session that we had a couple of months ago. Do check them out.

_04 (01:04:51 – 01:05:02):  So they are available there on demand, so to say. And yeah, with that, I would like to thank very much the three presenters.

_04 (01:05:02 – 01:05:22):  They may freed up their time. I know you’re busy. I know you’re traveling. You’ve been in different places of the world. But for my side, really appreciate you taking the time being available and giving your insights. You have great experience in the topic as we was demonstrated as well.

_04 (01:05:22 – 01:05:40):  But I’m sure you made a difference and you probably make a difference for students that join us as well today. So thank you for my side and everyone else. Have a good day as Sue was sending up well.

_04 (01:05:40 – 01:05:50):  So today’s tomorrow, tomorrow, but yeah, you are worth it and have a great one today. So I’ve been wishing you all the best. Bye bye from my side.

_05 (01:05:50 – 01:05:56):  Thank you, Luke, for having us. Thanks, Christian and Sue. And thanks to the attendees.

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