Wellbeing Toolkit.
 

Maintaining our mental wellbeing can be difficult; and it’s difficult in different ways for different people. It could be that you’re struggling to find a positive work/life balance, or that you’re not exercising as much as you’d like to.

The University has a welcoming and supportive community. We should try to consider the diverse situations our fellow students are in – some may be living alone and struggling with the isolation, others have caring responsibilities that need to be woven in to the university day. Let’s look out for each other as much as possible, taking the time to ask, ‘how are you today?’ and organising virtual social activities.

Here are some ideas to help you with your Wellbeing, but please remember if you need additional support please contact one of our Support Services which are free to access for all students.

There are lots of activities for you to get involved in whether you are a resident in our Halls of Residences or living in private accommodation.

Connect

Connecting with others can promote wellbeing and build a support network when times get tough. Connecting is about being there for others, talking and listening, and feeling a sense of belonging. Try to take the time to talk to someone on the phone instead of emailing or organise a virtual catch up.

Online Support Groups

Man Chat - A community organisation where men can feel safe to talk openly about mental health.

Menopause Matters - Listen and discuss all things menopause and other women’s health issues.

Mindout - A mental health service that provides information and support to the LGBTQI+ community.

Stay Social, Stay Connected

There are so many ways to stay in touch with the University community and activities. UoA Student Guide app lists events and activities that you can take part in whilst at University. Download the app to see more.

The University runs a number of social media accounts. The main Social Media account for current students are the Student Life pages.

Support from our Community
  • Alumni Buddy Scheme - There are lots of support services available to you however if you would just like to have a chat with someone we can arrange for one of our graduates to call you while you are isolating. Please complete this form and we will put you in touch for an informal chat.
  • SRA’s - For students living in university accommodation the student resident assistants will be offering support and assistance.

Tel: 01224 274030 / 01224 274023 (6pm-6am),

Tel: 01224 274013 (6am-6pm); Text: 07813 529 679

Email: residentassistants@abdn.ac.uk

  • Student Advice and Support Office - If you are worried about any aspect of your student life including your financial circumstances, please contact the Student Advice & Support Team by the email address on screen to discuss your concerns in confidence with an Adviser.
  • Pastoral Support - The University has several systems which provide pastoral and guidance support to all students throughout their studies. 

Find out about

You can also consider whether any of the following might offer you support

For self-help coaching leaflets – please see Self-help Leaflets

University Networks and Forums
  • Active Travel Club - Join the club to connect with staff and students at the University who use walking, cycling, running or scooting as a method of transport.
  • AUSA - Choose from a whole range of societies, sports clubs and student groups
  • Multi-Faith Chaplaincy – Join the book club or organise your own virtual book group with a group of friends or classmates.  
  • Multi-Faith Chaplaincy – Pop in for a virtual coffee and a catch up.

Be Active

Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Take time for a short walk during the day or take a new physical activity you enjoy or have always wanted to pursue.

Take Notice

Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing. Try to take a break to sit quietly in the garden or park, listen to your favourite music or mindfulness session. It’s often the simple things that bring us joy. 

Learn

Learning improves our self-esteem, keeps us connected and involved and helps us adapt to change and find meaning in our lives. It has also been shown to help prevent depression in later years. Try learning something new today. Read a new book or research something you’ve always been curious about. 

Give

Giving to others can create positive feelings and help you to connect with other people.  It can be as simple as asking a friend how they are or giving your time to listen to someone who needs support or company. Take the time to check in with a classmate or friend. A short phone call could be all it takes to brighten someone’s day.

Support Services

If you are struggling with the current government restrictions you are not alone, and support is available. There is a range of internal and external resources available.

Student who are Self-Isolating

During your period of isolation, we want to ensure you have everything you need. The resources listed below can help to support you while you self-isolate, for any other enquiries please contact coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk

  • Visit the University's Coronavirus website for information on campus guidelines and safety and wellbeing resources.
  • Visit the University's Your Wellbeing page for resources to help support your mental health and wellbeing.
  • For students living in university accommodation the Student Resident Assistants can offer support and assistance. SRAs work from 1800-0600 during term time and are supported by a Community Liaison Officer who is on site throughout the day.
  • The Student Support Guide details all the support services available to help support you during your time at the University.
  • The Student Helpline is available when University support services are closed and there is a list of external support services featured in the tab below.
  • Local supermarkets, such as Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, and Sainsburys offer an online food delivery service.
Internal Support Services

Counselling Service - The Counselling Service is available to all students in the UK. Initial appointments are available within a few days of request and operate virtually or by telephone. 

Multi-faith Chaplaincy - The Multi-faith Chaplaincy offers resources and help for everyone, whatever their situation.

Nightline - Nightline is a student run listening and information service.

SRA's - For students living in university accommodation the student resident assistants can offer support and assistance. SRAs work from 1800-0600 during term time and are supported by a Community Liaison Officer who is on site throughout the day.

Students 4 Students - Students 4 Students (S4S) is here to help you settle into university life with advice and support from your fellow students.

Student Advice & Support - The Student Advice & Support Team offer impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of issues. This includes advice and support on finance and personal issues; general concerns about your studies and personal live; support with any disabilities or long-term health conditions; and information and advice on immigration matters and the impact of Brexit.

Student Learning Service - The Student Learning Service (SLS) works with all students to enhance their academic skills. All sessions and appointments are free, non-judgmental, and confidential.

Personal Tutors - The aim of the Personal Tutor system is to provide students with a member of academic staff who will be available to them for support and guidance throughout their studies.

School Retention and Engagement Contact - Although we do not like to see students withdraw or take a break from study we understand that sometimes it is necessary. If you are thinking of leaving there is a range of support and advice available to ensure that leaving is the right decision for you and that you know all the options available.

External Support Services

AlcoholThere are a number of support services available for alcohol related concerns within the NHS.

Beat Eating Disorders - Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity is a free and confidential service that can offer support and understanding to young people.

Breathing Space - Breathing Space provides free and confidential listening, advice and information on ways to help us to cope when we are struggling or feeling low.

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

LGBT FoundationThe LGBT Foundation provides information and support to all LGBTQI+ people.

Mental Health Aberdeen - A local charity that provides information and counselling for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Mental Health Aberdeen Helpline: 01224 573892 

MIND - You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This might feel difficult or stressful. Visit the MIND website for ways to help your wellbeing.

National Sleep Foundation - For top tips on getting a better night’s sleep.

NHS GrampianNHS Grampian have some great self-help guides that can help you understand what you are experiencing.

Prevent Suicide - A suicide prevention app aimed at users in the north east of Scotland. Provides helpful info for those affected in any way by suicide.

Samaritans - If you are struggling to cope and would like to talk to someone, the Samaritans helpline is open 24/7.

If you are feeling distressed and need support, please contact NHS 24 on 111. If you feel at immediate risk call 999.