Faculty champions student wellness with complementary access to science-based meditation and mindfulness app

Posted on September 16, 2022


The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is providing each student with access to Headspace, a mindfulness app that aims to support mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage more restful sleep.

In addition to EngWell Hub, an online clearinghouse of information and links to supports for engineering students at Queen’s, as well as the faculty’s embedded counsellor, wellness navigator, and mental health programs lead, and the campus-wide supports available to all students at Queen’s, the Headspace subscription provides an additional opportunity for engineering students to focus on wellness.

“There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness and meditation can positively impact mental and physical health, whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships. The proof is in the science,” reads a page from the website.

“Since this is a service that the whole Faculty will be using, your fellow students, and even faculty and staff, can also be great resources for exchanging tips, staying accountable, and sharing your experiences with meditation,” said Kevin Deluzio, dean of Queen’s Engineering, in an announcement to students. “In addition to the individual benefits that meditation can have, this is also the opportunity to continue to connect and strengthen our Queen’s Engineering community.”

One of the most frequently downloaded mindfulness apps in the world, Headspace is, according to an online review, “a mindfulness app with an easy-to-use interface that takes the seriousness and intimidation out of meditation.”

Students, staff, and faculty have complete, complementary access to the app for the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year.

 

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Alicia Peltsch is Manager of Predictive Analytics at Queen's Engineering