Wellbeing students and PhD researchers to take centre stage during UvA Health Week

10 April 2018

An extensive programme filled with debate, movement and critical self-reflection. Welcome to the UvA Health Week. From Monday, 16 April to Friday, 20 April, UvA students and PhD researchers will have the opportunity to learn more about health and (mental) wellbeing.

In recent years, students and PhD researchers have increasingly suffered from mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression. It is vital that this is discussed and that the services and facilities offered by the UvA in the area of health and wellbeing are made more broadly known. The UvA Health Week will focus on sport, movement and nutrition, but also on stress, burn-out and other mental health issues. The Week will include, among other things, workshops, interviews, lectures and debates, sporting activities and coaching sessions.

Let’s talk health

Mental health problems affect individuals personally, but also society as whole. Where do we currently stand? And what are our future objectives? During the Health Week kick-off on Monday, 16 April, closer attention will be paid to the way we view our own health and discuss it with others. Speakers include rector magnificus Karen Maex, professor of Sociology Jan Willem Duyvendak, student Marlise Huijzer (who carried out research into health problems among students) and a panel comprising students and PhD researchers.

Care Plan

The UvA Health Week is part of the UvA Care Plan. This plan is a UvA project that aims to improve the mental well-being of our students and PhD students. Key elements of the plan include prevention, awareness, information provision, screening of and online intervention in mental health issues. The project is a joint endeavour between Student Services, Student Medical Service, Student Psychologists, the Development Psychology programme group (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) and Academic Affairs, in partnership with the Central Student Council and the Central PhD Council.

Published by  University of Amsterdam