The Heath Guides were created by Victoria Evans and started with the single product of Teen Health Guide in December 2016. This title was predominately used by schools and local authority public health teams to engage and educate young people. The idea was simple - although there was much focus on mental health, it was clear that this could not be considered or treated in a vacuum. Diet, physical activity, healthy relationships and sexual behaviour were often either the cause of poor mental health, or the effect. The central premise of the magazine is to give students the advice and self-help tools that would have been useful when Victoria was at school.
In 2018, Victoria collaborated with Professor Steven West, Vice-Chancellor UWE Bristol, to understand whether there would be room for a holistic approach to health and wellbeing within the higher education sector. Student Health Guide (university edition) was launched in September 2018. Whether it's about money management, the realities of student living, tips on how to manage exam stress or getting clued up on contraception, SHG offers students non-judgmental guidance about all aspects of student health.
At the end of 2018, there were calls from institutions to create a separate magazine for 16-18 year olds to support them with the transition from further education to the next stage of their lives - independent living. Whether the next stage is university, a gap year, apprenticeship or entering the world of work, the magazine gives students the information they need to navigate this transition period. Student Health Guide (sixth form and colleges edition) launches in January 2019.
Victoria read law at the University of Surrey between 2008 and 2011 and attended law school upon graduation. Following this, she began her career at international law firm Clyde & Co where she qualified and become an Associate.
Victoria is still listed on the Roll of Solicitors and works with local charities and social enterprises advising on legal matters. She splits her time between Surrey and Kent and enjoys the creative lifestyle of an entrepreneur. Her interests include foreign travel, fitness and writing.
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