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World Mental Health Day 2020: Look After Yourself

By Jessie Reid
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Good mental health is essential to your wellbeing, and as a student, there is a lot of support available to you. 

World Mental Health Day 2020 logo

To mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October 2020, we have put together a list of these resources, organisations and charities you can go to for support.

This article will discuss mental health and crisis services. If you are affected by any of these issues or require urgent help, please contact Samaritans for free by calling 116 123, or phone the emergency services on 999.


UWTSD Student Services

At UWTSD Birmingham Learning Centre, we are here to support you with any difficulties you may have with mental health and wellbeing.

Whether you currently have a mental health problem or have in the past, you are struggling due to COVID-19, or are experiencing any other difficulties, we have support available to you.

Hana Jacobson and Ang Leonard, Birmingham Disability Officers – disability.birmingham@uwtsd.ac.uk


Both London and Birmingham also offer a free counselling services to all our students. To find out more about counselling or book an appointment, visit the UWTSD’s Student Services webpages, or contact your campus services through the contacts below:

Fiona Lenton, Charlotte Spencer, Fay Gkontosidou – birminghamstudentservices@uwtsd.ac.uk


Togetherall

UWTSD have offers all students access to a free 24/7 online supportive service called Togetherall. Togetherall is an anonymous space that you can visit when you’re feeling down, need support or just need to talk.

You can learn practical skills to help you feel better and tackle a variety of issues.

  • Use peer networks to discuss your issues with people experiencing similar problems
  • Use self-assessment tools to monitor your progress
  • Join group courses and discussion on common issues like negative thinking and stress

You can learn more about Togetherall and sign up for free through the UWTSD website.


Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They work to empower students and people in the university community to look after their mental health, as well as create change on a larger scale.

Their website can help you with a range of challenges, such as:

  • meeting and working with new people
  • exams, deadlines for written work or presentations
  • managing your own finances
  • coping with homesickness
  • balancing the demands of studying with other commitments, such as caring responsibilities or work
  • maintaining relationships with family and old friends
  • leaving home, finding new housing and living with new people.

In partnership with Mind, Student Minds developed a guide for students, with useful tips and guidance on a range of mental health difficulties. You can find this guide on the Mind website.


Mind

Mind is a charity that can provide advice and support to empower people experiencing a mental health problem.

Mind’s website offers the guide mentioned above, but it also has a huge range of mental health resources that aren’t just directed to students but can still be really useful. This includes tips for everyday living, guides to further support services, helplines and stories from other people and their experiences of mental health problems.

Have a look at their Information and Support pages.


Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness has a fantastic network of local groups and services, that can improve your mental health and give you a real, accessible support network.

Read more about the services they can offer, and find your local support group or service on the Rethink Mental Illness website.


Samaritans

Samaritans offer a 24/7 service, for those who are struggling to cope. They have a freephone service, which is open to everyone, at any time, by calling 116 123.

You can contact Samaritans with any concern, large or small. This can include relationship problems, financial worries, study-related stress, loneliness, depression, or thoughts of suicide. If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans are a great place to start.

They also have a self-help app, which can help you track how you’re feeling, and gives recommendations for things you can do to feel better. You can access this app and find more information on the Samaritan website.