Mental Health and Wellbeing
A mental health and wellbeing statement from Lesley McAneny-Turner, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator:
For the upcoming conference it is my job to try and promote positive mental health and wellbeing as far as possible. I have an extensive career in mental health and wellbeing services, with my PhD looking at mental health within further education.
The Coronavirus pandemic and everyday stresses and anxiety will affect presenters and attendees in many different ways. My aim is to try and make our conference a mental health and wellbeing aware event. On the day there will be a virtual support space for people to reflect and prepare their presentations along with speaker support. There will also be the opportunity to have someone provide you with a tour of the online psace that we will be using to make you comfortable and familiar with how to access rooms, communicate with each other and how to use your camera, sound and chat functions.
Leading up to the conference we will be holding 'Cup of Ethics' meetings for people who would like to access mental health and wellbeing support in respect to REC2021 being online and to those who are speaking/presenting that would like to perhaps talk through their anxieties. We are here to support you. This is not a counselling service but a safe non-judgemental area to discuss your anxieties and concerns surrounding the conference, writing your abstract, designing your poster or any other conference related topic.
Please note: These sessions are confidential unless a disclosure is made which may harm yourself or someone else.
Any updates on the progress of this and useful resources will be posted here, below.
Any questions or suggestions about mental health and wellbeing should be sent to REC2021@exeter.ac.uk.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator