What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing can be defined as ‘Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.’

How can I improve my wellbeing?

It’s important to stay healthy whilst at university. Evidence suggests there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive, productive, confident and able to get the most from your time here.

What are the 5 steps to improve mental wellbeing?

Connect - Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in HERE.

Be active - You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more HERE.

Keep learning - Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Learn more HERE

Give to others - Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more HERE.

Be mindful - Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in HERE.

What can I do at specific times when my mood is low or I’m feeling anxious?

The NHS have created a series of eight mental wellbeing podcasts or audio guides you can listen to in your own time, in private, to help you target these symptoms when they attack.

Moodzone: low mood and depression audio guide

 

Moodzone: panic attacks audio guide

 

Moodzone: anxiety audio guide

 

Moodzone: anxiety control training audio guide

 

Moodzone: sleep problems audio guidee

 

Moodzone: practical problem solving audio guide

 

Moodzone: low confidence audio guide

 

Moodzone: unhelpful thinking audio guide

 

How can I survive Assessment?

The majority of people feel nervous when they are revising and taking exams, it is normal to feel this way.  There are many things you can do to help you cope, but it is important to recognise if the anxiety is getting too much to cope with and is preventing you from studying or is affecting your health. In these circumstances you should seek professional help, for example from your doctor or health professional.

What healthcare services does the university have?

The university offers a range of healthcare services; you can register with their medical centres, attend campus wellbeing workshops and seek access to support services for counselling and coaching.

I have a disability/specific learning difficulty. What support is available to me?

If this is a long term medical issue that may affect your studies or your university experience get in touch with the Disability & Dyslexia Team who will assess whether the University can offer you adjustments while studying.

Things to think about…

One in four people will experience a mental health issue over the course of a year, whether it's a temporary reaction to a painful event or an ongoing condition.

Mental health issues include depression, anxiety disorders including panic disorder, OCD and PTSD, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis, drug and alcohol problems, and eating disorders.

Mental health is something which can often be neglected. This can be because of the stigma attached to it, or simply due to the fact that many of us don’t view our mental health as an integral part of our wellbeing. It can be easy to see yourself as either being mentally well or unwell, however people are more complex than that and our mental health status can fall anywhere within a big spectrum.

Mental illness can be distressing, but there is help available for you. Talking to someone, in confidence, about the issues you are facing may help you to manage them.

 

What counselling service does the university have?

The counselling service is free to all University of Brighton students and provides a safe, confidential environment for you to discuss your concerns and learn some coping strategies. Find out how counselling could help you HERE.

If you feel ready to begin counselling, make an appointment HERE.

 

I’m experiencing physical or mental ill health, what should I do?

If you’re experiencing physical or mental ill health it is likely that you will miss lectures and deadlines. This can cause your results to suffer, and put you at risk of failure to progress or even withdrawal from your course.

Make sure you tell your Personal Tutor and book an appointment with a Union Support Advisor as we can help you ask for an extension to a deadline or apply for mitigating circumstances. Your schools' Student Support and Guidance Tutor (SSGT) can also help you with this.

 

Who else can help me?