Earlier this year, we wrote this blog post in support of University Mental Health Day on 1 March 2018. The theme was community, so we focused on how our University is trying to promote a positive community around mental health.
The Student Union Advice Centre is there to listen to your worries and will offer you confidential, impartial, and independent advice about all kinds of things including your studies, wellbeing, and health.
The Chaplaincy is also open Monday to Friday to students who want to talk to someone, and they can offer you information, support, or just a listening ear. We want all staff and students to come together as a community to support each other in mental health and there are many ways that you can get involved. Even by joining a society, you are becoming part of a bigger community that can help each other in many different ways.
What if you need help during the year?
Student Services are key during your life at Suffolk as a student. They can provide you with many tips and services if you’re struggling with mental health. Mental health advisers and wellbeing advisers are on hand for students, and can give you help, support, and adjustments.
How do you access them? On MySuffolk, you can book one-to-one’s with advisors and sign up to other events that can help you with your mental health. These events are great for students to come together as a community to help each other with their mental health through workshops, and group sessions focusing on aspects of well-being such as self-esteem, anxiety, and time management. You can access all of these services here.
Drop-in’s are also available for those struggling with stress or other mental health issues, running on Monday’s 3:30-4:30pm, Tuesday’s 1:00-3:00pm and Friday’s 2:00-3:00pm in the Infozone. If you want to find out more about these services, drop an email to email@example.com.
There are also ways for you to help yourself and your mental health. Some tips include:
- Downloading apps to help with de-stressing, organisation, and anxiety. Headspace, Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM) and Timetable are just a few of the apps that can help you.
- Talk to people! It sounds obvious, but so many of us don’t talk about how we’re feeling. Talking to people can make you feel better and they may be able to offer you advice and help. And remember it goes two ways - look out for your friends, classmates and flatmates who may be having a hard time and let them know you're there for them.
- Exercise is a great way to de-stress and feel better. Join a sports team for regular exercise or go to one of the Most Active Students classes (only £1 a session for students!). Looking after yourself physically as well as mentally goes a long way, so make sure that you’re eating healthily and exercising regularly.
- Set yourself realistic goals. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in assessments, coursework, and exams, so pace yourself. Start early and set small goals, so that you have a sense of achievement when you get the task done.
- Get help when you need it. There are so many services that the University can offer you and they will go a long way in making you feel better and combating stress. Make sure that you access the services mentioned if you need them and never be afraid to ask for help.
The University is focusing a lot on student mental health and wellbeing, but as students we also need to be involved. By accessing services, joining societies, and talking to each other, we can be a community to promote mental health and wellbeing.
Fellow students have been sharing their inspiring mental health related stories for Faces of Suffolk, along with a range of other student life topics. Take a look at our Faces of Suffolk stories.