Mental Health & Wellbeing

Stay healthy isn’t all about body fitness. We’ll be sharing a range of topics about mental health and wellbeing this week but here’s some useful information and just some examples of the support available for anyone interested in mental wellness:

Physical Activity and Mental Wellbeing:

bThe benefits of physical activity for physical health are widely known, and recently we’ve learned more about how exercise can help to promote mental health and help people with mental health problems

Physical activity can help improve your mood, leave you better able to cope with negative feelings and bring you an overall sense of wellbeing.Physical activity can help in raising people’s self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.

Why not find out more on how fitness can help your mental health: SAMH – Get Active

Coping with Stress:

coping-with-student-stress_364x200_CNMEMKStress can be a short term issue or can affect others longer. Can often be brought on by things such as big life changes but often students suffer due to exams or deadlines.

You can always find lots of helpful information on what classes as stress, ways to help relax and when to seek more support when dealing with stress on websites such as Mind or you can always contact our Student Link services for information or to talk face to face with someone.

Mind – Coping with Stress

NHS – Dealing with Exam Stess

Disclosing Mental Health Issues:

If there is any aspect of your university experience which you are having, or are likely to have, difficulty with (including social and leisure activities), it is well worth discussing this with university support networks. This can often be a daunting experience but remember you will not be the first person to have had these issues and university staff are always trained and will never pass on information without you consent.

Here’s a useful link from The University Mental Health Advisers Network on discussing and disclosing difficulties with your university: UMHAN Discussing and Disclosing.

Help and Support:

While at university you are entitled to a wide range of help and support from the universities and staff with any problems you face due to mental health issues. Here are just a few university resources that are open to you if you study on Dumfries Campus.

Dumfries Campus Student Link:

The Student Link can offer a wide range of help for students of either UWS or Glasgow on issues such as Disability Support, Personal Issues or Spiritual Care and also provides a Counselling Service to support you in your emotional well-being and development throughout your University career.

Visit at the Student Link in the Crichton Library, Dumfries & Galloway College Building 8.45am – 4.45pm, Monday – Friday. Appointments outside this time by arrangement.

There also a number of university specific services you can use:

Glasgow University Nightline

Nightline is a confidential telephone support and information service run for students, by trained student volunteers run by the Glasgow University SRC.  Available every night of term from 7pm till 7am contact them on +44 (0) 141 353 1050.

Self Help Guides – if you want to try self help along with other support

UWS Counselling Service

The Counselling Service exists to support you in your emotional well-being and development throughout your University career and offers the opportunity to talk in confidence to a trained professional about any aspect of your life you choose

QMU – Elephant In The Room

Glasgow University’s QMU have recently set up mental health campaign to raise awareness and provide links between students and support services. Though aimed at Glasgow students check out their blog for a wide range of support and information available to anyone. 

Other Useful Resources

CUCSA has taken all our information from mental health charities, organisations and officially recognised sources.

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