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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Check out our range of podcasts covering all things wellbeing.
Join our free online mindfulness course. Guided by experts, you can dip in and study at any time.
Download the Feeling Good App for quick and easy access to mindfulness and relaxation tracks.
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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Alcohol - There 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 Foundation - The 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 Grampian - NHS 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.