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Welcome to the Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service

The service remains open to students and we are here to support you.

 Following on from International Women’s Day we would like to make students aware that there is a great deal of support available for women to help safeguard you and your mental health. We have highlighted some resources that you may find useful in the first box below.

We are continuing to provide access to our services via online digital platforms. Initial conversations and ongoing counselling appointments are being run via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to book an appointment with a counsellor please click here. You can also contact us directly at counselling@imperial.ac.uk. Emails are being monitored Mon-Fri within the hours of 9:00 until 17:00 except during bank holidays and college closure dates. We have lots of other sources of help and support in the boxes below that you may find useful.

April: Stress Awareness Month 

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Stress Awareness Month is held every April, to increase awareness about what stress is, how to recognise its causes, and to educate about effective tools and strategies to reduce it. We all experience stress, and it’s important that we can reflect and work on our individual needs to combat it. This is particularly important as different things cause stress in different people. Some things that students commonly report causing them stress include:

  • Exams and deadlines
  • Time management and procrastination
  • Finances and living situations
  • Health and coronavirus
  • Adjusting to a new country or environment
  • Personal relationships

Stress can often arise because of an accumulation of many different pressures, which over time can build up without us noticing. Therefore, when we pay attention to our bodies and minds and can become attuned to noticing early signs of stress, we can learn to implement strategies to prevent this happening.

The theme for this year’s Stress Awareness Month is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’.

As part of this, we would like to encourage you to watch the recent video we created for Mental Health Day on how to use the BACE framework to harness positive wellbeing. This framework includes doing daily activities that look after your body, your sense of achievement, your connection with others and enjoyment/relaxation. All these things are equally as important for reducing stress and regaining a sense of control.

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On Tuesday 20th April at 10am, Student Counsellors Martyn Hutchings and Julia Ivanova will be running a Managing Stress workshop. Click here to find out more and to sign up.

 

You can watch our Coping with Stress and Anxiety’ Kind Mind episode with recommended resources, available now.

Here are some other key strategies for reducing stress.

Click on each one to find out more, and be led to our recommended resources.

  • Prioritise Sleep: when we sleep poorly, our body releases stress hormones. The good news is there are lots of effective strategies for improving sleep. Watch our Kind Mind episode on sleeping easy here
  • Talk to someone: friends, family or a mental health community such as Side by Side. Join our next Online Connect session to chat with other students who may be experiencing life in a similar way. If you feel stress is significantly impacting your daily life you can speak with one of our student counsellors. Register online for an initial conversation here.
  • Mindfulness/Relaxation techniques: Mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Watch our Kind Mind episode on staying mindful here.
  • Exercise: a clinically proven way to significantly reduce stress! You can book a free 1-2-1 fitness session with Ethos here
  • Time management: take a step back and create a plan. Avoidance only leads to more stress.
  • Be kind to yourself… being self-critical increases sensitivity to stress. Try to be aware of this. Think what you would say to a friend or loved one, and speak this kindness to yourself
  • Take a break from social media: comparing yourself to others only enhances the self-critical voice and increases stress and anxiety.
  • Change your mindset:  A positive mindset can help combat stress. Watch our latest kind mind episode on cultivating gratitude here
  • Laugh: Laughing increases oxygen and blood flow, which immediately reduces stress. Watch something funny, chat with a mate, watch a comedy show online, look back through photos of funny memories to make you laugh
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods: a healthy diet can help counteract the effects of stress

 

 

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