This week 10th– 16th May might be Mental Health Awareness Week but after the challenges of studying throughout the pandemic we are all more aware of how fragile our mental health can be than ever before.
Despite lockdown restrictions being eased many students are feeling unsure about coming back to campus, socialising and getting back to some sort of normal. Anxiety and depression are understandably affecting many of us.
A low mood and general anxiety have a lot to do with feeling isolated and not being able to take control of what’s going on. Connecting with far fewer people on a daily basis and not knowing how to ask for help are some of the hardest things about student life at the moment.
Of course feeling a bit flat and worried, getting wrapped up in your own thoughts, and losing confidence is all natural but do you know where and how to get help?
As seen here in previous years the school have been able to run all sorts of face to face workshops, events and competitions in person to raise awareness of mental health issues. This year we had the When Home Becomes Studio online competition (results to be announced soon). We have also created new area on My Studies for specially designed wellbeing resources such as online yoga classes and breathing exercises
And of course our SSGT has being speaking to students about all sorts of issues that affect how they are feeling and coping strategies.
However, with less of us on campus and after such a challenging period as part of Mental Health Awareness Week we thought it was important to highlight and share the wider range of University resources and services that are there to support your wellbeing.
Student Support and Guidance Tutor: Justine Devenney firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this page to find a wealth of wellbeing resources that are available