SGO: Don’t feel alone; find support!

Today is the University Mental Health day, and we’re trying to raise awareness about support services for something that will affect one in every three of us: mental health problems.

It is very easy to feel isolated and alone if you are feeling unhappy, anxious or depressed but you don’t need to feel like this, as help and support is all around.

Blog MH Day CC Nate Steiner

  1. The first option may be that you just need to talk about how you are feeling to a friend or family, who can be there to listen to you and by offloading your worries, it should make you feel better with some relief from these worries.
  2. For current students the university offers an array of support and advice for students’ well-being:
  • There are student advisers who provide support, advice and guidance on a wide range of personal, financial and academic matters. These are based in Augustine House, AHg59 and a list of there opening times can be found here. You are able to contact them via phone: 01227 782675 or email them: studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.
  • The Students’ Union provide independent representation if you feel that you would be more comfortable talking to someone outside of the University. Visit their website for more information.
  • The University also provides a list of emergency numbers which include helplines for you to call.
  • Advice is given on your health and well-being on their page.
  • Student Mediation is offered at the Mediation Clinic, with a fast and effective way of resolving disputes and other areas of conflict. Visit their page for more information.
  • There is a Counselling Service with free and confidential support for a wide range of personal and emotional concerns, find out more here.
  • There are quiet spaces and listening services offered through the Chaplaincy team, find out more information on their page.
  • There are also numerous other services and support offered by the University including: Bereavement support, Financial support, Student peer support, International student support, and Information for disabled students, with all the needed information about these support services located on their well-being page.

3. Contacting or making an appointment with your local GP is also a good idea, as they can offer you the advice and support you may need, or lead you on to other places and people that can help you.

4. Services like The Samaritans are there for you when you need to talk to someone who can give you the support you need.

5. Longer term support through the NHS is available to everyone, you can find the nearest services including depression self-help groups on their page.

So there is no need to feel alone as there is the support out there, to help you to deal with your worries and any feelings of unhappiness, anxiety and depression you may have.

by student blogger, Natalie Blower

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