Mental Health affects us all
We all have times when we feel down, stressed, or unable to manage. These feelings often pass, but sometimes they are hard to cope with and you might feel you need extra support.
Mental health problems can range from the worries and anxieties we all experience as part of everyday life, to other longer term problems that affect our daily functioning.
Whether it is called wellbeing, emotional health, or mental health, it is an important part of living a fulfilling life.
Positive mental health and wellbeing can help you:
- Make the most of your potential
- Cope well with life, study, and work
- Contribute and play a full part in the lives of your friends and family
- Our Student Wellbeing Team is experienced in working with students experiencing a wide variety of mental health difficulties and is happy to see anyone to discuss any concern, no matter how big or small.
Meet one of our experienced practitioners if you are concerned that your mental health is impacting on your ability to study and cope with life at university.
- Discuss any concerns that you have about your mental health
- Explore practical support strategies to enable you to better manage your mental health and wellbeing whilst at university
- Take steps towards resolving any academic concerns resulting from your mental heath
- Get help to refer/liaise with other relevant services external to our University, to ensure your mental health needs are appropriately supported
Time to Change Organisational Pledge
As part of our University Mental Health Awareness Week, that took place 6th - 10th October 2014, our Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price, signed our Time to Change organisational pledge to end mental health stigma. This was part of a full week of activities aimed at promoting positive wellbeing across our campuses and tackling mental health stigma
You can read more here: Time to Change.
If you are concerned about your mental health it is important to speak to your GP. It can often feel quite difficult to begin to talk to someone about how you are feeling. The following information may help you first approach your GP to talk about your mental health.
Whilst it is not a substitute for seeking professional assessment and treatment, you may find it useful to search for information and self-help resources to help you manage what you are experiencing.
There is a wide variety of information available, and our self help page aims to provide a comprehensive range of websites, self help guides, reading materials, podcasts and interactive tools that you might find useful.
The Mind guide 'How to cope with student life' is a booklet that gives information about how you can look after your mental health while studying and contains links to other sources of support.
The NHS Choices website also contains information on Student Mental Health.
If you are worried about your emotional health and are having thoughts of self harm or suicide you should access help immediately.
Do try to tell someone about how you are feeling. This could be a trusted friend, a family member or someone who is with you now.
If no-one is available there are a number of services you can contact who will listen and provide you with support:
- The Samaritans (24hours) 116 123 / 01132456789 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saneline (6pm-11pm) 0845 7678000
- Papyrus Hopeline UK 0800 068 414 SMS: 0776 209697
The Leeds Crisis Card details all the various services in Leeds that can provide support on a range of immediate concerns.
If you feel that your life is in imminent danger then go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital or contact 999. At the hospital you may have to wait, but you will be able to see a Mental Health Professional who can help.
- Leeds General Infirmary A+ E Department, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX 0113 2432799
- St James’ Hospital A+E Department, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF 0113 2433144
- Leeds Student Medical Practice, 4 Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AE, 0113 295 4488
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Our University is committed to practices which do not discriminate directly or indirectly against students on the grounds of disability.
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Our University has a duty to take positive steps to ensure that students with a mental health difficulty, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, can fully participate in the education and other benefits, facilities and services provided. If your mental health is affecting your study you may be entitled to 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure you can continue to study.
For further information please visit our Disability Advice service.
Other Sources of support
The NHS Choices website provides information about health services in your area as well as health advice, information and reassurance. If you become ill or are injured please make sure you get the best possible treatment in the right place, you can also check your symptoms on the NHS Direct Symptom Checker at their website.
For urgent advice and treatment anytime, call 111.