British Psychological Society helping their membership in new ways
The events of the last couple of weeks have demonstrated how important health, wellbeing and connectivity with our colleagues and peers are. As a leading membership organisation for psychologists in the UK, the British Psychological Society is actively developing new ways to support these medical professionals, and psychology as a science, for the greater public good.
The BPS has acted swiftly to provide additional relevant content to their members and the general public. The Psychologist monthly magazine, powered in-app by Pugpig, has published a special supplement entitled “Coronavirus – Psychological perspectives” on supporting mental health during the pandemic. This new content also covers a range of perspectives throughout the community and extends beyond to commentary on the government response. This content is made freely available to the public while archive issues remain a benefit of BPS members.
According to Jon Sutton, Managing Editor at The British Psychological Society, “One of the things that always strikes me about Pugpig is just how quick and easy it is to create an edition, due to the integration with our web back end. From thinking ‘We could put out a free app edition on coronavirus’ to having it live took me literally 5 minutes.” Check out the The Psychologist magazine app on iOS here and Android here.
The BPS has also actively created a more robust space for their members online called Member Connect. While it might not have been their original intention, Member Connect provides a space for psychologists to network together and discuss the implications of coronavirus and how psychology can respond. To learn more about this membership benefit check out their informative introduction video here.
Having digital delivery channels to the membership, including the app and Member Connect, has provided a level of comfort to the British Psychological Society at a time when printing and delivery of publications is uncertain.