Year of Wellness

Helga is implementing an extensive “Year of Wellness” -campaign throughout the academic year 2019/2020. The goal of the campaign is not only to make students aware of the support network and services supporting well-being available for them, but also to increase awareness of the problems many students are facing. The other theme of the campaign is to create an atmosphere and culture of caring in the whole haagahelian community and increasing social responsibility via student well-being.

The campaign is divided into monthly themes, which are:

September 2019: be the community

October 2019: learn to learn

November 2019: be happy

December 2019: be you

January 2020: be healthy

February 2020: recognize, intervene

March 2020: don’t stress

April 2020: relax

May 2020: love

 

Background

The idea for the campaign was sparked by the worrying findings of the Higher Education Students’ health study (KOTT 2016), which suggested every third student is facing mental difficulties (tiredness, sleeping problems, learning problems, concentration problems, depression, anxiety, tension, constant overstress, feeling unhappy and so forth).

Some notable findings from the study:

– 33 % of the students faced a lot of stress.
– Over 20 % felt their mood, their ability to plan out the future and their strength and abilities were negative.
– 5,7 % even admit to have planned committing suicide.
– According to different indicators between 4 – 10 % of the students were lonely.
– 22 % didn’t feel like they belong in any group or community relating to school or studying.
– 7,5 % had faced bullying by other students and 5,8 % had faced bullying by the school staff.

In the same study students hoped they would receive help and support with challenges relating to studying and mental well-being, such as stress, time management, studiny problems and -skills, tension, and problems with human relations and self esteem. Students in Universities of Applied Sciences were more likely to hope to get help with weight control and exercise than University students. These findings are also supported by Haaga-Helia’s student survey (2017), according to which over 16% of the students who answered were not aware of the well-being services provided by Haaga-helia.

Helga conducted an accessibility survey in 2018, which also asked questions relating to well-being. The results are very similar to those in the Higher Education Students’ health study:

– 30,8 % had problems with coping with life, stress and time management.
– 20,5 % represented other culture than Proto-Finnic.
– 14,7 % represented a younger or older age group than the majority of students.
– 12,2 % said they belong in a sexual minority.
– 12,2 % said they have learning problems.
– 3,2 % said they identified as inter-, trans, or other gender, tranvestite or other lgbtiq person.
– 2,6 % said they were hearing-impaired or visually impaired.
– 2,6 % required aids to move around.
– 1,3 % said they suffered from reduced mobility.