Supporting Your Well-being

Your well-being is important, especially during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We have put together a selection of websites that can provide you with help, advice and support.

 

Student Services have opened a support line if you would like to talk to someone. 

Emotional Support Helpline: 01604 734049 (open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm)

 

Recommended websites to help with your wellbeing:

DescriptionLink
Padraig O'Morain: A useful website for defusing stress. There are free, short mindfulness audios on the site as well as lots of tips and techniques for "staying in the moment", and diffusing panic.
Mind: A well-respected organization, with loads of info about various issues. This link is to info specifically on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus crisis.
Every Mind Matters is the NHS site for mental health advice. Like the Mind link, this takes you directly to the page on looking after your mental health during the current crisis.
The Lowdown is a voluntary Mental Health organisation, providing free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for young people.
Young Minds: Support for young people on managing anxiety around Coronavirus and provides mental health support to overcome life’s difficulties.
BBC Mental Health Films: A collection of programmes shining a light on mental health issues.

 

Further Mental Health and Wellbeing websites

BBC Health – Coronavirus: how to protect your mental health
Some tips on protecting mental health.

Digital wellbeing
Blog from JISC.

Coping calendar
The Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves during the current situation.

TES - Looking after your mental health
Some suggestions on protecting your mental health

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing apps

Forest
Downloadable app that promotes self-motivation. When you want to remain focused on a project, you set it to grow a virtual tree over a 30 minute countdown. If you exit the window and try and surf elsewhere, the tree withers and dies. With every tree that grows, you begin to build a “forest of progress”.

Atmosphere
An app that plays relaxing soundscapes that simulate different environments and you can pick and choose which sound loops to have active. Use for background noise when trying to concentrate or relax. It also includes also binaural beats which are scientifically proven to stimulate creativity.