Resource: Tool-kit for Your Mental Health at University

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May 12, 2020

When a student joins University, they expect the experience to be exciting and fulfilling. The challenge of juggling your classes with social engagements and appointments keeps them on their toes constantly. But sometimes, the pressure can assume unmanageable proportions. 

 

If you find yourself feeling sad for days at a stretch, or if your anxious thoughts seem to spiral out of control, it is best to reach out for help. This could be anything, from professional help to a self-help workbook or meditation class. 

 

It doesn’t help that there is a strong taboo around the subject. But do not hesitate in reaching out for help. Remember, it is imperative that you are kind to yourself. 

Here we are listing a number of resources that serve different purposes towards the same goal: emotional health.


University Counseling support

Universities in the UK have a dedicated staff providing counselling and psychological services. You can either book a walk-in appointment that lets you have a one-off session where the professional can assess what you are going through and direct you to either resources that can be helpful or sign you up for a longer series of counselling sessions. 

 

University provisions for relaxations

Certain universities also have provisions for academic relaxations if your mental healthcare professional thinks that you would benefit from some adjustments. Mental health issues are now  considered valid when applying for mitigating or extenuating circumstances for any exams or coursework that is impacted due to the issues. This is, however, done according to the policy of each University and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Support system

Unfortunately, there are often long queues and waiting lists for the counselling sessions offered by the University. While this is an indication that you are not alone in feeling anxious or depressed, it also means support gets delayed. Therefore, it must be mentioned that nothing can be a good substitute for a robust support system. So try to have a close-knit circle of friends/classmates/flatmates who you can confide in about how you are feeling. 

 

Student Union

Unions often have a student advice center. If you are feeling emotionally distressed, it is advisable to pay them a visit because they can then guide you on all the aspects of your student life that this has an impact: from accommodation to finances, to part-time jobs (if any) and of course, academic engagements. 

 

Helplines

 

The Samaritans – available 24 x7, on 116 123
 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men

Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

 

Papyrus – for people under 35

Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm

Text 07860 039967

Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

 

Nightline support run by your University

 

Mind Charity UK: 0300 123 3393

Email: info@mind.org.uk

Text: 86463

 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday


Other Online Support Services 

 

Big White Wall provides peer-to-peer support and emphasises on community and connectedness. The moderators on the platform are trained and professionals are also available. 

 

Stonewall offer lots of advice and support groups for LGBT+ people seeking mental health guidance

 

OCD UK, Anxiety UK and Bipolar UK provide support to people with the respective diagnosis. 

 

Happiful magazine provides informative, inspiring and topical stories about mental health and wellbeing. They also have a Counselling Directory which you can access to get details of psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.


Apps

There are many mobile apps available on both Android and iOS, which serve various purposes to help you build emotional resilience. 

- Calm

- Headspace

- Wysa

- Longwalks

- InnerHour

- 7Cups


This article is the last of a two-part series on mental health and university life, where Student Circus takes a solution-oriented look at wellbeing, stigma and loneliness in academic settings ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week in May. 

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