The Wardley Wellbeing Hub is the central area for the ACTNow campaign.
The impact of COVID-19 on students & trainees
In mid-May, Pharmacist Support teamed up with the BPSA on a survey to find out more about issues affecting pharmacy students and pre-registration trainees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 650 responses were received from students across the country covering all years of study and those in their training year.
Over three quarters of respondents (79%) said they were experiencing low motivation and energy levels. Half said they were experiencing trouble with sleep as well as feeling down, depressed or hopeless. Unsurprisingly 66% of respondents explained that they were feeling anxious generally.
In relation to what was worrying them most since the outbreak, 77% told us that they were worried about friends and family (53% about their own health) and 66% were worried about the impact the situation might have on their degree. Almost half of all respondents (43.9%) said they were struggling to concentrate on studies due to the closure of university / increased pressure at pre-registration workplace.
The most alarming results came in response to the support students and trainees were accessing. Although 50% felt that they knew how to manage their wellbeing, 85% of respondents said they were not using existing support services to help with their wellbeing. Only 49% said they knew how to access the support services within their university/workplace.
Across this week we will be discussing the concerns highlighted through the survey with students, trainees and support organisations. We will continue to share resources to help reduce and manage these worries. Check out the Anxiety related resources on this site and further student focused support available through the charity here. A full report on these findings will be published over the coming weeks.