The Health, Counselling and Disability Services Newsletter has 2200+ subscribers


Just a quick note to say thank you to all the students, staff and confused third parties who have subscribed to the Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) Newsletter.

The newsletter, along with this blog and our FLO topic are communication channels we started developing in 2017, so that as a service we had other ways of communicating with students.

Today we clicked over 2200+ subscribers which is pretty good for an opt-in newsletter.

In 2019, it is hard to get a newsletter up and running because everyone is already overloaded via email.

However, since launching in Jan 2018, we’ve picked up a reasonably decent following.

This is the result of a combination of factors:

  1. We offer new clients at the service the opportunity to subscribe on the registration form.
  2. We promote the newsletter as often as we can when we do presentations or run programs.
  3. You can easily access the subscribe page with just a link.
  4. Health and Wellbeing is a very important topic for students and our service is one of the key wellbeing resources at the university that students can access.
  5. We are increasingly featuring content from multiple authors, not just the deranged ramblings of the eMental Health Project Officer. A good example is Kirsten, one of the Disability Advisors who writes for us on all matters disability-related.

If you are not a subscriber and are wondering what you are missing, the HCDS Newsletter is sent out every couple of weeks with a collection of self-help resources, reminders about wellbeing-related programs and events running around the university, and specific news from the service.

If you’ve enjoyed content from this blog before, the newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date with when new content drops on the blog, as we draw a lot of newsletter content from the blog. We tend to focus on a mix of wellbeing and productivity information. Essentially we want students to do well at their studies, but also maintain their physical and mental health at the same time.

Getting regular updates from the service is also useful because we are always in the process of launching new programs or re-running previously successful ones. We also try to remind students of important dates like Census dates and last days for alternative exam arrangements. Finally, we are constantly producing new self-help resources.

So if health and wellbeing is important to you, consider signing up.

And if you are already a subscriber and have been enjoying (or dreading) our newsletters for a while, please feel free to provide some feedback so we can make future newsletters better.

Direct all feedback to the eMental Health Project Officer –

Thank you 🙂

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