We all have a responsibility to maintain and support our own wellbeing. As members of University staff, we have a duty of care to help support the wellbeing of our students, raising awareness of and helping them to access the support they need during their time at University.
We have compiled a list of some of the things to look out for and some of the more commonly requested wellbeing support for students. A complete overview of support available can be accessed on the website.
If you are concerned that a student is thinking about suicide, the most important thing you can do to help is to ask them. Guidance is avilable here.
- Concerned about a Student FAQs
Many students cope well with University life but may at times feel overwhelmed and seek your help. We’ve answered the most commonly asked questions here.
- Disabilities and Medical Conditions
School and Department Disability Coordinators can be contacted by staff for practical support and advice for students with a disability, impairment, medical or health condition, or a specific learning difference.
FAQs for staff in relation to disability, inclusion, teaching and assessment are available here.
More information about the Student Disability Service visit: Disability Services Webpage
- Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct
The University provides support for to all those who are affected by any form of harassment, bullying, violence, and sexual misconduct; this includes victims as well as those they have disclosed to or those who have witnessed incidents.
For support and to report an incident confidentially visit: Online Reporting Tool
- Mental Health
Early Signs Mental Health is Deteriorating
- Withdrawal or disengaging from class or socially
- Reduced ability to concentrate in class or confused thinking
- Change in appearance or portraying less pride in their appearance
- Changes in behaviour, turning up late to class or not showing up for class at all
This list is not exhaustive and there could be a variety of reasons for these behaviours.
How to Support and Where to Signpost
Talk to them. Let them know you are worried about them. Signpost them to support.
Remember the University has a network of Mental Health First Aiders who can support you to have a conversation about mental wellbeing with a student. You can contact anyone of them, regardless of their school or department for advice, they are all trained to listen, reassure, and respond, when somebody is in a crisis.
- The Student Advice and Support Team Monday to Friday, 09:00-16:30
- University Counselling Service Monday to Friday, 09:00-17.00
- Student Helpline Out of hours support, 5pm to 9am Monday to Friday; 24 hours at weekends
- Self-help and understanding feelings visit: Self Help Guides
- Personal Issues and General Support
Students should contact Student Support and Advice for impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of issues, including personal, academic, money matters, mental health, wellbeing, and more.
- Doctors, Dentist and Medical Care
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Support
- Faith, Religion and Spiritual Wellbeing
- Financial Wellbeing and Hardship
- Pastoral & Guidance Support
- Sanitary Products
- Students with Specific Support Needs
- Wellbeing Toolkit
External support and general advice:
- NHS Grampian - Know Who to Turn to
- Clear Your Head
- Recommended external support and useful apps