Mental Health and Wellbeing

Being at university is an exciting and rewarding time, but it can also be stressful and demanding. It’s perfectly normal to feel unhappy or stressed at certain points in our lives, and usually these feelings will pass on their own.

Sometimes, however, life can put more pressure on us than we can cope with by ourselves. Feeling overwhelmed can, if unaddressed, lead to a deterioration in our emotional wellbeing and mental health. This can impact every aspect of our lives, including our sleep, diet, relationships and motivation to do the things that we previously enjoyed. These feelings can be difficult to deal with alone, and sometimes we all need a helping hand.

If you or someone you know is experiencing significant distress and may be in immediate danger, there are people you can talk to who are there to help:

  • Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust. Just the simple act of talking about your feelings or concerns can help.
  • Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • Contact NHS 111
  • Make an appointment to see your GP.
  • In urgent cases, go to A&E and ask to speak with their Mental Health Team: a mental health crisis is an EMERGENCY and will be treated as such.

Specialist Mental Health Advice

 Support is also available through HEART, whether you have a pre-existing mental health condition or not. Our advisor, Peter, is on-hand throughout the year to talk with you in confidence about the challenges, thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing. Together, you will be able to discuss strategies that will help you to move forward, as well as set manageable, achievable goals. He can also help you to access a range of other specialist services, either in UCW or in your local area, which you may find beneficial.

If you think you would find this useful, you can contact Peter by email, phone or text using the information below:

Email:    peter.clarke@ucw.ac.uk
Phone: 01934 422 763
Text:       07966 996 530

There will also be regular wellbeing sessions running throughout the year. These can give you some ideas about how to improve your overall wellbeing and resilience to the demands of university life, as well as give you the chance to meet new people and try out new activities. We will post the dates and times of these sessions on our social media channels.

General mental health
Mind is the leading mental health charity in the UK. Their website contains a wide range of resources and advice covering practically everything to do with mental health and wellbeing.
Focusing more on younger people, their website also features advice for students that anyone experiencing university life might find useful.
Expert advice on conditions, medications, and how to access support.
Apps and online self-help
A free app, developed by UWE Bristol, designed to help people with anxiety-related problems.
Another free app designed to help you map your moods and try activities designed to improve your emotional wellbeing.
An online method of monitoring and assessing your mood, recommended by the NHS.
A straightforward guide to using your breathing to relax your body. Particularly useful for people experiencing anxiety or who have experienced panic attacks.
A comprehensive free downloadable booklet offering advice and guidance on being a student.