Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Looking after Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the way many of us live our lives – the way that we study, the way we spend time, and the way that we work - and it's normal that this will affect people's mental health. The situation may well be making you feel anxious, and the level of news and information that is available might be leading to feelings of overwhelm.

We also know that some of your normal self-care and coping strategies might be a lot more difficult just now given the lockdown and social distancing requirements we’re all facing, and the self-isolation that some of you might be required to follow.

We've gathered some resources that might be helpful, and there are lots of links below – these will in turn take you to pages where you can find guides, tips and resources.

The most important advice from all of these resources and guides is to stay connected

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If you need to talk to someone from the College about how you’re feeling, and how this might be affecting your studies, your first point of contact will normally be your PAT (Personal Academic Tutor) or course leader.

If for some reason you don’t feel able to contact them, or you know that they aren’t available, you can get in touch with Student Services by emailing lestudentservices@uhi.ac.uk

This email account is monitored Monday to Friday and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not use this account if you need to speak to someone urgently – we have given the numbers for national helplines below.

The College counselling service remains available to students – although face to face appointments are not possible at the moment, counselling sessions can take place over the phone or using video technology. Please email lcctalktome@uhi.ac.uk if you want to arrange to speak to a counsellor. This service is free, and confidential.

You can also access mental health support online at Big White Wall – this is a really good virtual support system for anyone who wants to keep themselves mentally healthy. It’s free, and available 24/7. Register with your UHI account to access the service – it’s totally separate though, and anonymous. You can access the service here: Big White Wall

If you need to talk to someone urgently, please call one of the national helplines:

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Breathing Space is open Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and weekends from Friday 6pm through to Monday 6am 0800 838587 (it’s free to call)

Samaritans are open 24 hours, day and night – the number is 116 123 (it’s free to call from mobiles or landlines)

This is a national service – although people volunteer as Samaritans from your local community, your call will go through the national helpline to preserve anonymity, and it is highly improbable anyone local will ever answer a local call.

If it’s not easy to make a call from home, you can get in touch with the Samaritans by email – contact details here

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