Wellbeing: College of Optometrists resources

We have a number of videos, podcasts, webinars and journal articles you can access to support your wellbeing.

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As eye health professionals we recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing for our patients. However, we may not always recognise or prioritise our own mental health needs. Here is a collection of wellbeing resources available on our website.



Tulsi Parekh: Life in lockdown
Research optometrist, Tulsi Parekh MCOptom, reflects on the ups and downs of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Is testing eyes bad for my health?
As optometrists, we spend most of our time looking after other people's health, but have we taken time to consider our own and whether our choice of career has any impact?



Managing mental health in these challenging times
Our mental health has never been so challenged as we struggle to cope with the coronavirus. In this informal webinar we look at the best ways of maintaining our mental resilience as we attempt to come out of a range of lockdown scenarios. The session was hosted by qualified Mental Health Counsellor affiliated to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners) and a trustee for Mind, David Beeney.


The College of Optometrists podcast


From Acuity

Mental health and optometrists: coming out of the dark
The COVID-19 pandemic means optometrists are facing extremely stressful situations. Kathy Oxtoby explores the range of services available in different settings to support mental welfare.

Compassionate culture
It is not mere sentiment, says Rima Evans – compassion is a behaviour that can bring about significant improvements in treatment, optometrist wellbeing and business outcomes.


Optometry in Practice

Patient-reported outcome measures and the optometrist
What patients really care about is the impact of illness on their wellbeing, and their ability to play an active role in society. So how can the patient experience be measured? This article gives an overview.


Student wellbeing

Studying well: Looking after your mental health during your degree
Here, we highlight our resources on mental health in optometry, and hear our student reps' experiences and tips for managing your wellbeing.

How to cope with online learning
GCU student rep Chloe Bond discusses the strategies that have helped her cope with the difficulties of online learning during the pandemic.

Building healthy study habits: Rafee'a Siddique
GCU student Rafee’a discusses her journey toward finding a healthier way to balance study and personal time.

Wellbeing and the COVID-19 pandemic: our student reps give their tips 
Our 2021 student reps discuss how they have been looking after their wellbeing while studying during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doing it all: the importance of making time to manage your wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire optometry student and optical manager, Zara Cowell, discusses the importance of prioritising your wellbeing, especially during busy periods.

Indy Ghuman: Student life in lockdown
Aston University student Indy Ghuman, discusses the importance of keeping a positive mind-set during lockdown.


Can you help?

Do you know of any local optometry wellbeing support groups or social media campaigns in your area that you would like us to add here? Would you like to contribute a case study or blog post about wellbeing for our members?

Contact us: abby.duggan@college-optometrists.org