The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has launched a new wellbeing hub to provide mental health, lifestyle and community support for students, in response to requests for additional help with exam stress
The accountancy body, which has more than 500,000 students worldwide, has developed the materials on its global website in collaboration with online personal development coach Ross Anderson.
Materials available for students include two three-part podcast series exploring anxiety and sleep; quick tip podcasts on meditation and nutrition; and exclusive articles on study, meditation, sleep and exams.
Julie Hotchkiss, executive director - people at ACCA, said the launch of the hub followed a survey issued to students and affiliates seeking their views on mental health, wellbeing, support currently available and what they would like to see developed by ACCA.
She said: ‘The survey garnered a strong response, more than 4,600 students worldwide replied showing the strength of feeling on this serious issue.
‘A little more than 28% felt their wellbeing was not being supported adequately - ACCA has listened to them and responded accordingly. We have provided accessible podcasts, videos and articles all with actionable advice to support mental health and wellbeing.
‘We recognise our exams are both rigorous and demanding as the qualification produces the future-ready accountants the world needs. It is therefore important for students to know that we are there to support them every step of the way on their journeys to becoming ACCAs.’
Anderson, who is from Glasgow, has been named as ACCA’s wellbeing ambassador. Following a challenging period in his own life, he has built up a personal development business, the Motivational Dude, that inspires people across the UK through talks and training and encourages them to connect with the science of wellbeing to build resilience and motivation, improve their life chances, raise aspirations and unlock their potential. He is a recent Pride of Britain finalist in recognition of his achievements.
Anderson underlined the importance of organisations prioritising wellbeing and making material readily available and said: ‘Every organisation has a moral obligation to provide quality wellbeing resources to prevent mental and physical illness and foster mental and physical flourishing.
‘Not only is it the right thing to do but it is the smart thing to do. Unfortunately, few fulfil those obligations and those who do approach it with a lacklustre attitude which yields poor results at best.
‘The few who decide to pioneer wellbeing and make it a fundamental part of who they are develop conscious cultures and thus experience growth of many forms.’