Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and Coping

A student's well-being comprises three areas: physical, psychological and social well-being. These areas of well-being are linked with each other and form an image of the student's overall well-being. Factors of physical well-being include sufficient rest, a balanced diet, and regular exercise. Psychological well-being involves factors such as balanced mental health and a person's ability to trust and respect him, or herself. Social well-being includes, among other things, a student's social network, the individual's social skills, and the well-being of the student community.

Changes in overall well-being might manifest themselves in problems with memory and concentration, for instance. If resources fade, it might be difficult to establish and maintain human relations. A weakening sense of well-being is also indicated by feelings of melancholy and anxiety, for instance. It is natural for the ability to cope to fluctuate throughout a person's studies. There are times during studies when the amount of work that a student does is great and pressure accumulates.

It is important for students to nurture their own total well-being while studying. For instance, social relations and exercise keep the mind alert and give strength. Sufficient rest and varied nutrition affect how memory works, which directly reflects on studies. Comprehensive well-being is seen in how you cope in your studies and in your life in general.

If problems with coping feel burdensome, you should not remain alone. In our university of applied sciences you can be in touch with the counselling personnel of your own field, with the JAMK study psychologist or the school pastor. In addition, student health services can help with problems related to mental health.

Student Wellness Group

The well-being of the students of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences is planned, implemented and evaluated by a Student Wellness Group. The Student Wellness Group is made up of the key actors of JAMKO's and JAMK's counselling and student health services. The plan devised by the Student Wellness Group is examined yearly to target its operations in accordance with current needs.

Early intervention model at JAMK

JAMK University of Applied Sciences follows the principles of accessibility and early intervention in studies. The aim is to strengthen the mental health and intoxicant-free life of students and to promote a sense of community and responsible intoxicant culture at the university. Early intervention model contains:

  • Prevention and indentification of mental health and substance abuse
  • Operation guideline how to bring up concerns
  • Operation guideline for intervening in substance abuse problems
  • Instructions in referral to treatment, follow-up measures and documentation.

Read more about the early intervention model from the document below.

Operating model for addressing inappropriate treatment and bullying

A student reports inappropriate treatment or bullying, or bullying is observed. In threatening situations, contact security or the emergency number 112 immediately.

  1. Raising the concern
    The student talks to the person* they feel most comfortable talking to about the matter. Any member of the community can bring up concerns they observe. The situation is addressed without delay, and the essential facts are written down.
  2. Discussion with the parties concerned
  3. The situation is not resolved
    The inappropriate treatment and bullying continue, or the situation requires addressing immediately. The student writes down what happened.
  4. Hearing and mediation
    A mediator** is appointed. Hearing the concerned parties, mediation, reconciliation, and further actions. A memorandum is drafted about the discussion.
  5. The situation is not resolved
    The inappropriate treatment and bullying continue regardless of the agreement. The student writes down what happened.
  6. Sanctions and consequences
    The student informs the mediator. The Unit Director hears the concerned parties and drafts a proposal to the Rector about the sanctions and consequences. A memorandum is drafted about the discussion.

Please, see the hole operating model from the document below.