Mental health, wellbeing and bereavement
This is a very difficult time so if you are in need of extra support please do get in touch.
For issues which can wait for a response by email the following staff can help:
- Student wellbeing adviser
Sandra Roscoe (part-time): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your personal tutor
-Undergraduates and taught MSc courses:
Dr Claire Higgins (Senior tutor): email@example.com
Dr Warren MacDonald (Deputy senior tutor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Martin Holloway (Academic tutor): email@example.com
-MRes and PhD:
Dr Angela Kedgley (Director of Postgraduate Studies): firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Tom Ellis (Postgraduate tutor): email@example.com
If you are in crisis:
For people currently living in the UK:
- Please dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E department and let a member of staff know when you can.
- Samaritans: - 24hr Free Helpline on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- NHS 111 – available throughout the country. Some areas of the country have specific options for mental health, but you will be directed to the right support.
For people living outside the UK:
- Samaritans - email email@example.com
- Nightline – Instant Messaging Email and SMS
- Various: https://www.suicidestop.com/call_a_hotline.html (has a directory of helplines across the world)
Mental Health and wellbeing
- The Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service offer a range of tailored 1-2-1 and group support to all students, irrespective of where they are in the world, including a number of new activities.
- Online Connect – a space for conversation is a new series of small group drop-in sessions which provide students with a confidential and supported space to share and discuss any difficulties that they are experiencing, for example: isolation, health anxiety, exam stress or bereavement. These sessions are facilitated by one of the Mental Health Advisors or a Counsellor.
- The Kind Mind series will be launched later this week which will provide student-focused preventative support and will be available to all students, with regular changing themes around looking after their mental health and wellbeing.
Bereavement and loss
- Sadly, some of you will have recently experienced bereavement and others will be affected in the coming months. The Chaplaincy has updated the information on their web-pages which now reflect the challenges of coping with grief and loss in the current circumstances. The counselling service can also provide support – see above.
- Visit our Bereavement page for details of bereavement charities and organisations offering guidance, advice, and support to deal with bereavement at this time.
Improving study habits and careers
- The transition to remote learning and assessment is challenging so ICT and the Disability Advisory Service are working in partnership with D&A, an external specialist provider, to offer all students bespoke 1-2-1 training on a range of inclusive technology software. There is a wide range of inclusive software available to all students to help with time management, mind mapping, procrastination, productivity and more which students may find particularly helpful whilst their usual routines and ability to come on to campus is disrupted. More information and how to book a training session can be found on the inclusive technology webpages.
- The Careers Service has developed a comprehensive range of resources that specifically tackle some of the challenges presented by Covid-19, from what to do if your internship or graduate job has been withdrawn to boosting employability and preparing for virtual a virtual recruitment process.
- The Student Hub and Student Union Advice Centre continue to operate remotely and can help with many more general issues e.g. related to accommodation, fees, finance and assistance for international students