Sometimes just scrolling through the news while you’re procrastinating just writes the column for you. Student columnist Niels ter Meer noticed a lot of people riding their hobby horses, without thinking what all their hobby horses might do to people.
The energy crisis and inflation have a big impact on people’s well-being. Financial fitness is therefore one of the main topics covered during the fourth edition of UT Well-being Weeks held until 2 December. ‘Staying awake at night, worrying about your energy bills, is one of the most demanding and most common stressors nowadays,’ says Jan van den Hoogen from Arbo Unie.
Programme director Alma Schaafstal sent in this op-ed, after seeing the campaign of study association Sirius. ‘I see students caring for students, organizing it themselves brilliantly with a lot of support from others.’
Because of high levels of stress and mental health issues among students, UT researchers developed a well-being course for students. Ed de Bruin and Marjolein Prenger from the department of Psychology, Health and Technology ran the first pilot last year and now they are aiming to implement the course UT-wide.
Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put the PhDs of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Rob Bemthuis, a young academic from the Pervasive Systems Research Group.
Year 2020 brought an increase in work-related mental illness at the University of Twente, states the annual report of UT’s occupational health service ‘Arbo Unie’. On the other hand, the absenteeism rate decreased and was below the national average.
‘The university should be more proactive, not just extinguish fires,’ says P-NUT, the PhD Network of the University of Twente. It’s their reaction to the latest Arbo Unie’s Annual Review 2019, which also mentions the recommendation to ‘offer PhD students readily accessible, ongoing support’.
Psychological complaints were once again the most significant cause of absence through illness in 2019, says the annual review of the UT’s Occupational Health Service Arbo Unie. The BMS Faculty is specifically mentioned as having a high number of referrals to the psychologist.
The PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT) has conducted a survey to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on UT doctoral candidates. Its results show that 50% of them expect delays due to mental health issues and that 75% of the respondents are less productive working from home.
A UT research team led by Matthijs Noordzij is starting a project to design ‘compassionate’ technology for mental healthcare. ‘Over a million people seek out mental healthcare in the Netherlands every year. Waiting lists are long, costs are high. Technology has been designed to help these patients, but successful implementation has proven difficult,’ explains Noordzij.
The first Mental Health Conference by ESN Twente was held yesterday in DesignLab. The international student organization dedicated the event to representing the voice of students. It introduced a series of Ted-Talk-like presentations meant to help, inform and remove the taboo around anxiety and depression.