Mental health hub
What is mental health?
Mind, the mental health charity, describes mental health as being ‘just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it’.
Good mental health being ‘generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life’.
Mental health is something that impacts the whole University community. We work to help you to make positive habits and choices for good mental health to enable you to be engaged in all parts of your student life. We’re also here to support you if you are finding this challenging. Common emotions which may affect your mental health include feeling isolated, lonely, anxious, stressed, loss or depressed.
Healthy habits for positive mental health
Sharing your feelings
We have partnered with the NHS to provide you free access to togetherall. togetherall is a confidential, online mental health support community, run by trained professionals, and available 24/7. Register for togetherall – click the 'join us' button, then choose ‘I’m from a university or college’. Sign up with your University email address.
Build positive mental health habits
The Sports and Active Life team have a range of activities to enjoy from home workouts to challenges and live fitness sessions.
Get involved, learn new skills, try something new and have fun with our activities calendar.
The NHS shares that acts of kindness can improve mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings, giving you a sense of purpose and helping you to connect. Big or small – such as phoning a friend, giving a compliment or volunteering – they all count.
Be aware of the present moment
Mindfulness involves being aware of the present moment rather than being caught up in thoughts about what has happened or what may happen. It's also about observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment. By taking a few moments for yourself, you can feel calmer, with more focus, and finding peace of mind.
- Insight Timer – app with 70,000 free meditations, including coping with anxiety, managing stress, improving sleep and boosting your esteem.
- Ten Percent Happier – perfect if you’re new to meditation, taking you through the basics, one breath at a time.
- Headspace – learn to manage feelings and thoughts with everyday mindfulness.
- Waking Up – learn the science behind meditation, including a free 21 day meditation challenge.
- Yoga with Adriene
- Five minute meditation you can do anywhere
- Easy guided meditation for beginners
- Muscle relaxation
- Mindfulness breathing
Support if you need it
- If you feel your safety or wellbeing is at immediate risk, please call 999.
- For urgent medical help that is not life-threatening, ring 111 to speak to a trained professional who will direct you to the appropriate NHS service.
- See our external support page for other services who can help with your wellbeing.
We have dedicated support in place, if you have any worries:
- For COVID-specific queries email firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)116 252 2300 (Monday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm)
- Student Support Services, including finance: email@example.com or +44 (0)116 223 1185 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm)
- Nightline listening service (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, 8.00pm-2.00am, term time only)
- If you want to tell us about any unacceptable behaviour you have been subjected to or have been affected by you can disclose online through our Report and Support system.