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Supporting you on University Mental Health Day

The last few years have been challenging for all of us. And while restrictions are lifting, mental health struggles don’t just go away. It is vital that we all continue to take care of our own mental wellbeing, and look out for our families and fellow students too.

Today, 3 March, is University Mental Health Day – it is a day to reflect on mental health and look at ways we can help ourselves and each other. At the University of Brighton, your mental wellbeing is of the upmost importance – we encourage you to reach out and speak to one of our dedicated teams, should you need some additional support or guidance.

We have lots of services and resources in place, from workshops to trained professionals, to help support you, whatever your situation:

  • The Wellbeing Champions Programme – a training programme for students who want to learn about how they can look after themselves, their friends, and the wider community, whilst at University. Wellbeing Champions who have been through all three tiers of the training now host events for other students, such as the UOK? Workshops and ‘walk my dog’ meet-ups – keep and eye out for details of March and April meet-ups, which will be announced soon!

“It’s easy to get overwhelmed by different thoughts or emotions. Doing the course helped me look at the problem or situation from a bigger perspective and find ways in which I can improve my wellbeing.”

Review of the Wellbeing Champions Programme by Angelika, MSc Health student.

  • UOK? Workshops –  a safe space to have open and honest discussions about the stresses of university life and learn strategies to manage them. Open to all foundation, first, and second year students, and run by our Wellbeing Champions and Inclusive Practice Partners.
  • Student Support Guidance Tutors – each school has at least one dedicated tutor, who can support you with any issues that might be impacting your studies, your wellbeing or your overall experience with us.
  • If you think you need a bit more help than your SSGT can offer, please register for our wellbeing services, and we’ll find the right kind of support for you.
  • Report an incident of harassment, discrimination, violence or abuse using the student disclosure tool – our specially trained Disclosure Response Team can provide practical support, signpost you to specialist services, explain options for making a formal report or complaint, and support you with managing your safety.
  • Student Advice Service – it is not unusual to have concerns about money as a student. Whether you want some simple budgeting tips, need some help getting through to pay day or you are facing financial difficulties, the Student Advice Service are here to help. Check out their Money Matters blog to get information on a wealth of finance related topics, and catch up on posts from our recent Money Week, too.
  • Living in halls? Student Residential Advisers (SRAs) are senior students who can provide student-to-student support, information and advice. They also help to organise social activities to create opportunities for you to meet other students, make friends and have fun!
  • Togetherall is a safe, anonymous, online community where you can get things off your chest, explore your feelings, and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Check out our self-help guides on topics such as managing anxiety, understanding your sleep difficulties and stress management. Library Services have also put together some additional resources that are available online or through our libraries.
  • University Mental Health Day is organised by Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. They offer support programmes, advice, and resources on the different challenges that university can bring. Check out their website for more information, or to sign up to their ‘Step into Spring’ challenge – set yourself a target distance to travel during March and reach your target by any method you like (walking, running, swimming… the choice is yours!).
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Alice Maguire • 3 March 2022

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