The University College Student Association supports a student-led Wellbeing Team, in co-operation with the Connect Centre's Senior Counsellor.
This team is responsible for organising the annual Wellbeing Focus Month on campus, featuring a wide range of information and events that can help you take better personal responsibility for your own welfare. Please contact them directly if you have any questions about this, or would like to contribute.
The Wellbeing Team are also there as a first point of contact for information on welfare. They do not offer counselling or advice, but can signpost you appropriately towards resources that will help.
The student-led University College Utrecht Wellbeing Team is responsible for organising an annual Wellbeing Focus Week on campus, featuring a wide range of information and events that can help you lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle. They are also there as a first point of contact for information on welfare. They do not offer counselling, but can signpost you towards resources that will help.
The Wellbeing Team also organises a series of ongoing activities through the year to help you stay balanced and healthy.
The Wellbeing Focus Week (or month) has become enthusiastically embedded in the University College Utrecht programme, usually occurring in autumn of each year, and is intended to encourage long-lasting good habits in students’ approach to welfare and health.
During these weeks a ‘menu of events and activities’ are organised to raise awareness of important health-related issues and help students might take better personal and collective responsibility for their mental, physical and social wellbeing on a longer term.
The UCU Wellbeing Week has been taken up by a central team of Utrecht University students as the model upon which to base a university-wide version.
Ongoing programme of events through year
Whilst the Wellbeing Focus Week contains some one-off events to raise awareness and inspire good habits, many of the events recur through the year and is complemented by. a wider programme of events These events are primarily (but not exclusively) coordinated by the Wellbeing Team. Some examples are:
A programme of ‘Let’s Talk’ evenings (now called Living Room sessions) – peer- and alumni-led discussions on wellbeing-related themes designed to lower thresholds for talking, and to highlight resources available (e.g. anxiety, healthy eating, dealing with social pressure);
- Pre-exam dog-petting events on campus, in partnership with the community;
- Meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes on campus;
- Opportunities to get involved in public engagement initiatives, in which students can contribute directly to the quality of life of needy members of wider society;
- Sports and recreation programs (marathon training, rock climbing, gym promotions, cycling excursions, team practice in football/hockey/volleyball/etc…);
- Dance and music sessions both on and off campus;
- Arts and craft sessions;
- ‘Life Skills and Values’ workshops led by teachers and alumni;
- Bicycle tours to areas of nature, rest and recreation.