Student well-being is a core focus area for Wingu Academy, especially due to the increase in mental health awareness in the online environment. In fact, Wingu Academy takes this so seriously that they have a dedicated wellness hub, called Wingu Wellness. The vision is to collaborate with students, guardians, and parents, as well as the valued staff of the Academy, to build a safe online learning environment.
“Wingu Wellness provides up to date information on mental health issues, learning barriers, coping mechanisms and stress management, to mention a few. Working alongside top names in the field, like Dr Serahni Symington, counsellor and play therapist specialist, we will be providing counselling and mediation sessions and webinars free of charge, to anyone in the Wingu Family.” says Ian Strydom, Wingu Academy’s Managing Director.
Live discussion open to public during Mental Health Awareness Month
Since October is Mental Health Awareness Month, Wingu Academy will be hosting a live discussion for Wingu parents, students and staff members on 27 October at 18:00 – 19:00. It is also open to the public and offered at no cost. Discussion points will include:
- Feeling overwhelmed in an online environment;
- Work-life balance and managing burnout;
- Keeping physically active in a mentally demanding environment;
- How to avoid feeling alone while online.
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. If you’d like to attend, simply RSVP on this link:
Services offered by Wingu Wellness Hub
Current services include:
- Organising concessions for learners with learning barriers;
- Wellness consultations with a wellness coach or qualified counsellor;
- Monthly webinars;
- Sensitivity training;
- Resolution of behaviour misconduct;
- Assisting students and parents with day-to-day educational needs, i.e. study assistance, identifying learning styles, etc.
- Diagnostic Testing facilitated by Educationist, Dr Belinda van der Westhuizen
- Family mediation offered through Dr Serahni Symington
How does Wingu Wellness assist students?
The Wingu Wellness Hub will be assisting students by offering consultation sessions with either the Wellness Coach or a trained psychologist. This will act as a safe space for learners to talk about what is weighing on them. We also provide learners applicable content to assist them in matter that they do not feel comfortable coming forward about. We also provide external coaching in the form of play therapy for the younger learners, by referring them to Dr. Symington.
Wingu Wellness will also act as a means to further promote the many social clubs within the Academy to assist learners in still benefitting from the social aspects that are sometimes lacking in the cyber world.
How does Wingu Wellness assist parents/guardians?
Assistance includes the same support as to students, but on top of that also offering family mediation through Dr Symington. “We offer comprehensive and professionally verified content to assist in matters dealing with how to cope with situations such as moving a learner from a mainstream school into an online learning environment or to things like dealing with family trauma.” says Panashe Tiffany Saungweme, Associate Director of Human Capital.
How does Wingu Wellness assist staff members?
Not only do the teachers and staff have access to the Wingu Wellness Hub through the Academy’s platform, which gives them the opportunity take full advantage of the consultations, posted contented and the many services offered by Dr Symington, they also have access and can benefit from the internal wellness check-ins aimed at reminding the Wingu staff to ensure they keep in mind the importance of their own well-being. The staff benefit from life coaching through the Hub in order to thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Aiming to assist the Wingu Family with their overall well-being.
“Wingu Wellness is not just an initiative to create awareness of mental barriers we may all have, but rather a platform providing a safe space to find solutions and encourage positive well-being behaviour for everyone part of the Wingu Family.” Strydom concludes.