Emotional wellbeing is crucial to having an enjoyable and successful time at university.
Invest some time in learning how to look after your physical, emotional and mental health and you will begin to manage some of the difficulties that you may experience during your time as a student.
I have tried the ideas in the link above but what should I do if......
......or someone I know is at a point of crisis and needs to speak to someone immediately please use the help available on our Help in a crisis page.
......I am struggling but still managing?
If you are struggling or feeling down or stressed but are still managing more or less to function, attend classes, complete course work and socialise, then you may find it helpful to do some work on yourself, to make sense of what you are feeling and learn new ways of coping. There are a huge range of resources available to help you do this on our 'Self help for common problems' pages - see menu on the left.
......I'm experiencing personal, emotional difficulties that seem to be beyond the scope of self-help?
That depends on the kind of difficulties you are having and what impact this has on your day to day functioning. Many of the difficult feelings you may be experiencing are normal responses to things that happen in life, and they may not need the professional help of a counsellor or psychologist. Learning about how your mind works and about how to cope with these difficult feelings is an important part of psychological development during early adulthood and beyond. Approximately a third of students may be helped to understand what they are going through in an inital session with a counsellor, and may not need further sessions. Many people who come to see us benefit from a few sessions to work through whatever is troubling them. Some students have long standing difficulties which will need on-going support, more than we can offer in ACS. The counselling team aims to work with all students who come to see us, to offer short term counselling if that is appropriate, or re-direct you to other kinds of help if that is what is needed.
...... I already know I have a mental health difficulty?
If you have been given a diagnosis by a medical professional, or have previously had counselling or medication for specific mental health problems then your first port of call should be the Mental Health Co-ordinator. Their role in the university is to put in place the support you need to minimise the impact of your mental health difficulty on your academic performance and enjoyment of student life. They can help you to access academic support, offer regular mental health mentoring and can liaise with your academic school with your consent, so that they understand what you need to help things run smoothly. If they, and you, think that counselling might also be helpful, they can refer you to our service.
...... I am worried about problems to do with studying and academic perfomance?
If you are worried because problems you are having are preventing you from attending classes, delaying submission of course work or making it impossible to sit an exam, then you need to speak to your Student Support Officer in your academic school as soon as possible. This is the first thing we will advise if you come to counselling with these difficulties, as quite often we find that once a plan is in place to remedy the academic issues, emotional problems can feel a lot less intense. You might also want to think about the underlying reasons why you might be struggling to work effectively and also gain some practical stategies to help you re-engage with your work and you can do this by speaking with a counsellor.
......my difficulties are having a serious impact on my functioning and I am wondering if I should see a doctor?
If your personal, emotional difficulties are having this kind of impact, it's important that your GP knows this as they are legally responsible for your well-being. If you are having problems sleeping or eating, or if you are unable to study, or socialise, a GP can support you to access NHS mental health services and can prescribe medication to help you get back on track. If you have not been attending lectures/seminars, missed coursework deadlines or feel unfit to sit exams your GP can provide documentary evidence to support extenuating circumstances, so it's important they know if you are struggling before things become too serious.
...... I know I need to talk or I am really not sure what I need at the moment but would like some help to think about it?
Book an appointment with a counsellor. During a 50 minute appointment we will try to get as full a picture as possible of your current situation and offer you some guidance to help you get back on track. For many students this will be enough but if it seems useful to have further appointments, we will arrange these. For further details of how to see a counsellor and the kinds of face to face support you may be offered please see here.