SERVICE UPDATE - APRIL/MAY 2021
Student Wellbeing offer:
- Initial consultation appointments – a 50 minute telephone appointment with a wellbeing practitioner to discuss your difficulties and to provide advice and signposting.
- Short term counselling (up to 4 sessions) if appropriate following your initial consultation. There is a waiting time of up to 5 weeks for counselling.
- Mental health support if appropriate following your initial consultation or after completing counselling.
- Advice and signposting information by calling us on 0113 8128507, emailing email@example.com or visiting our self-help page which details a number of other telephone and online support services
- Free access to Kooth Student for online counselling, support and information every day until 10pm.
- Wellbeing sessions and events
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS DETERIORATING OR THAT YOUR NEED IS URGENT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONTACT YOUR GP OR NHS 111
IF YOU HAVE ACADEMIC CONCERNS PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COURSE DIRECTLY or BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR STUDENT ADVICE HUB WHO WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH GENERAL GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT
You might also find it helpful to see our recorded presentation and our self-help page which aims to provide you with a range of information, resources and tools aimed at promoting your wellbeing, including updated information as a result of current the pandemic.
The Student Wellbeing Team is a multi-disciplinary team made up of counsellors and mental health practitioners who are skilled and experienced in recognising how emotional and mental health difficulties can affect your time whilst at university. We offer a range of support to all current students and appointments are available at both campuses. To arrange an appointment with the Student Wellbeing Team please complete our online registration form via MyHub.
Kooth Student is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform accessible during afternoons, evenings and weekends. To access the platform please sign up and register with Kooth Student directly.
If you are having difficulty registering with either services please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your student ID and contact details and we will contact you.
If you cannot wait for an appointment and feel you need to speak to someone more urgently please see our urgent support page for details of where to access immediate support
All students who register with the Student Wellbeing Team will be directed to book an Initial Consultation.THIS WILL BE BY TELEPHONE AS OF 18th MARCH 2020. This will provide a confidential space to talk, work through any concerns and identify practical steps to overcome any difficulties. This may include referral on for further support from the Wellbeing Team either from a mental health practitioner or a counsellor; referral/liaison with other areas in the university and/or external services; or referral to a range of self-help materials to help work through any problems you are experiencing. Initial Consultations are provided by all of our practitioners.
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. You can meet one of our experienced mental health practitioners for support, guidance, and advice, to manage any difficulties you are experiencing. You can learn positive coping strategies to enable you to better manage your mental health and wellbeing for work, life and study and ensure you get the right help that you need. A practitioner will help with resolving any academic concerns resulting from your mental health and refer/liaise with other relevant services internal and external to our University, to ensure your mental health needs are appropriately supported.
When you have something on your mind, counselling can provide a safe space to talk one to one with a trained and experienced counsellor who will listen to you, help you to make sense of what is happening, and explore options for change. Our Counselling service in the Student Wellbeing Team is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), for more information about our Counselling service please see our Counselling page.
We encourage overseas students to register with us and have an initial consultation appointment because they can receive telephone contact from a Wellbeing Practitioner who can provide support and guidance around mental health, which is not counselling, and liaise with local services if appropriate.
- Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service - support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Access a range of evidenced based psychological interventions, including group based and 1:1 therapies, classes, one-off sessions and online support options.
- The Market Place - The Market Place provides free and confidential support for people aged 11-25 including counselling, group work and a drop-in appointments.
- Forward Leeds - Forward Leeds offers advice, information and a range of interventions for young people, adults and families with concerns about their Alcohol and/or Drug use. Each intervention is tailored to suit an individuals need, and help everyone to realise their potential.
- MindWell’s website has helpful information on how to find help in a mental health crisis, including local and national sources of support. You can ring the NHS 24 Mental Health Helpline for Leeds and surrounding areas on 0800 1830558.
Please see our for our opening times and for more detail on accessing our services.
Wellbeing Sessions and Events
Other Support Information
Bereavement support is available to students of Leeds Beckett University via Chaplaincy and the Student Wellbeing Team.
Over time, many of us may personally experience loss through our own grief or need to support someone else who is grieving. Read about responding to grief and bereavement from Covid-19.
If someone close to you has died, talk to a Chaplain or a Wellbeing Practitioner about how you are feeling to explore how grief affects us and consider strategies for coping. Our Chaplains and Wellbeing Practitioners have experience of supporting people in times of grief, loss and bereavement.
The Chaplaincy is based at the Emmanuel Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AR, and support is available to people of any faith or none. Please contact our Lead Chaplain Revd Melvyn J Kelly at Melvyn.Kelly@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to access support.
Alternatively, you can register with Student Wellbeing for support or contact the team at email@example.com or 0113 8128507 for further information.
Please also be aware of www.letstalkaboutloss.org – peer-led meet up groups for 18 to 35s, 27 across the country – normally face to face and one virtual that anyone can join but currently all online only
You might also find resources produced by the NHS and Cruse helpful. ‘Sudden’ provides guidance to those who have been suddenly bereaved and The Royal College of Psychiatrists has information about unresolved grief.
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service
They provide support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.
Access a range of evidenced based psychological interventions, including group based and 1:1 therapies, classes, one-off sessions and online support options such as on-line self help therapy.
Support for Student Survivors of Gendered Violence
Support for Student Survivors of Gendered Violence is available during term-time to Leeds Beckett students of all genders as a one-to-one confidential appointment on a fortnightly basis. You can talk through what you've experienced, get immediate help and find out about longer term support options.
The service exists to provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space for student victims and survivors of any of the following: sexual assault, abuse or rape / domestic abuse / controlling relationships / harassment / stalking / forced marriage / honour-based violence / grooming or any other form of violence or abuse. You’re welcome to attend if you’re not sure if you’ve experienced any of the above – talking it through may help you get clearer on what you’ve been through and whether you need support.
Appointments every Wednesday during term-time
You will be invited to choose between telephone or video calls (video call appointments will be hosted on MS Teams).
To refer or for more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniheads - Online Mental Health Training for Students
Sign up with your Leeds Beckett University email address
THRU groups are a space to meet with other young people to share how you’re feeling and to develop new ways of managing your mental health.
They offer peer support group work for young people for up to 6 months. Access a weekly support group for 18 – 25yrs
Leeds Recovery College
Access a range of free courses that focus on developing the knowledge and strength to overcome life’s challenges and live mentally and physically well
Please see the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website for details on the range of free courses/classes available
If you think you or someone you know needs help, trust your instincts.
Talking to someone else about your concerns could be the first step to getting the help needed, so don't keep your worries to yourself.
MindWell’s website has helpful information on how to find help in a mental health crisis, including local and national sources of support.
You can ring the NHS 24 Mental Health Helpline for Leeds and surrounding areas on 0800 1830558.
It can be especially difficult if you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts or feelings. Our booklet, ‘It’s OK to talk about suicide’, acknowledges how important it is to get people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo. Only then can we challenge myths and learn about the risk factors and how to address them.
Whether you are concerned for yourself or someone else, you can ask the Student Wellbeing Team or another member of staff for advice without giving personal details. If you believe that another student is at immediate risk of self-harm or suicide you should call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
If it isn’t an emergency, and you just want to do what you can to help, have a look at Support for a friend from Student Minds for tips on how to start a conversation and, importantly, how to look after yourself.
A resource such as ‘Look after your mate’ can be helpful if you are supporting someone or concerned about their mental health. Download this using the link below. If you would like to find out more or to book onto a workshop, visit our Look After Your Mate page or email LAYM@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
‘A little small talk can be all it takes to help start someone on the road to recovery.’
Below are some resources which may help with the circumstances you are facing.
Are you concerned about a friend or a colleague? Are you caring for or looking after someone? Mindwell provides information and details of support services that can help you with this.
Student Minds have a whole range of information available for if you are supporting a friend who is having a difficult time, including their “Look After Your Mate” guide, as well as tips on looking after yourself when supporting someone else.
Students Against Depression offer a range of information and resources on how you can help someone who is struggling, including how you can notice the signs that someone is struggling, and how to respond to suicide risk.
Our Self-help page is here to provide you with a range of information, resources and tools aimed at promoting your wellbeing.
You can access this information alongside support you may already be receiving; or if you don’t feel ready to speak to someone but would like some further information on how to cope.
Alongside using these resources we strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or appropriate health professional about any concerns you may have. The information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional.
Please see Leeds Beckett Covid-19 information page for updates and advice. You might also find the following links useful:
Information on looking after your wellbeing as a result of Covid-19 : Coronavirus mental health information hub
NHS guide for looking after your Mental health - Coronavirus and Wellbeing : Every Mind Matters
Information and resources from Student Minds : Looking after your mental health
Leeds Beckett Students' Union : Facebook community group for Coronavirus
Mindwell is the ‘go-to’ place for information about mental health in Leeds. As well as offering a directory of support services, the website also offers self-help strategies and tools that can help you find ways to feel better and improve your wellbeing.
Students against Depression offers mental health information and resources for students who are feeling low, anxious, empty or having problems sleeping or concentrating. They have a number of self-help workbooks that can aid your pathway in overcoming depression.
Get support: One-to-one support for whatever challenge you’re facing, designed for students. Whether it’s your mental health, your studies, money, housing or relationships, we’re here to support you.
A comprehensive collection of self-help guides and workbooks for a wide range of specific issues which can be downloaded in several formats including audio and as a leaflet.
Beat offers a wide range of information and resources for people living with an eating disorder or are supporting someone else who is.
Papyrus provides information and support for people who are thinking of suicide or anyone struggling with life.
Get Self Help
This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and including therapy worksheets on the free downloads pages.
Centre for Clinical Interventions
This website offers a number of workbooks and online modules on a whole range of specific mental health issues
MoodGYM is a free innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.
NHS Mood Zone
Whatever you need to know about boosting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.
Doc Ready helps you to get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health problems
Feel Better Leeds
Brought to you by the NHS in Leeds, Feel Better is here to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best this winter. With all the advice you need to make sure you are getting the right help at the right time.
Self-Help mobile apps for mental health can be a really useful tool for when you’re out and about and start to feel as though you are struggling with your mental health. Mobile apps offer a number of resources and therapeutic techniques that can be readily accessible in the palm of your hand to help you with issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping. Below are some of our picks that you can download from your mobile phone app store, but there are plenty more to choose from.
Calm is the number 1 app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more joy and peace to your daily life. It provides people experiencing anxiety and stress with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing techniques and relaxing music.
SAM is a mobile app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who want to learn how to manage their anxiety through a variety of tools and self-help techniques.
Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. The app will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
The Student Health App provides easy access to more than 900 pages of reliable health information all in one place. The content has been created for university students by NHS doctors and is regularly updated.
A new 24 hour mental health helpline is now available for residents in Leeds and neighbouring areas (Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley).
The helpline provides confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone concerned about their mental health. Trained telephone advisors will provide support for people in distress who need someone to talk to, and also refer people to services for further help.
The Mix provides support for under 25’s on a whole range of issues. You can talk to them online, on social or via their confidential helpline about any issues you are experiencing. They are open 11am-11pm everyday.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care offers emotional support to anyone affected by the loss of someone they know. They are available Monday & Friday 9.30am-5pm and Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am-8pm.
If you need help with regards to mental or physical health, but it is not an emergency, you can ring the NHS on 111 for telephone support and advice.
Your physical health plays a pivotal role in your mental health, and the two often go hand in hand. There are a number of ways to ensure you take care of your overall physical health and wellbeing whilst at university.
Please see Leeds Beckett Covid-19 information page for updates and advice for LBU students.
You might also find these links useful:
- Information on looking after your wellbeing as a result of Covid-19 : Coronavirus mental health information hub
- NHS guide for looking after your Mental health - Coronavirus and Wellbeing : Every Mind Matters
- Information and resources from Student Minds : Looking after your mental health
- Leeds Beckett Student Union : Facebook community group for Coronavirus
- Leeds Beckett University : Helping you through the pandemic
If you've moved away from home to come to Leeds Beckett, you can register with one of the many surgeries in the local area.
If you become ill or are injured, please make sure you get the best possible treatment in the right place. For urgent advice and treatment anytime, call 111.
Download the free Choose well app for iPhone and Androids for information about the nearest NHS service wherever you are in West Yorkshire and the Humber.
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.
It’s important that you also consider your sexual health whilst at university.
Leeds Sexual Health is your ‘go to’ place for all your sexual health needs and questions. You can find out where the nearest and most appropriate sexual health clinic is for you as well as information on STIs, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, sex and relationships and your body.
The Students’ Union also provide free contraceptive packs, which contain Durex condoms as well as a limited supply of the following available on request:
- SKYN Latex free condoms
- Passante Female Condoms
- Passante Dams
- Pregnancy Testing kits
If you, or someone you know, have been raped or sexually assaulted you can find all the information you will need about your options for support and how to report it on our Zero Tolerance website.
If you are a student our and are pregnant you can find all the information you need regarding pregnancy and maternity in the pregnancy and maternity section of our web pages.
Doing regular physical activity helps you feel good about yourself, improve your fitness and wellbeing, and meet new people and form lasting friendships.
There are lots of things you can do to give your physical wellbeing a boost from sport or active recreational activities to simply everyday activities such as walking to university.
The Sport & Active Lifestyles website has more information about how to get involved from a weekly swim or fitness class, playing sport for fun or even representing our University in BUCS.
Please also see Leeds Beckett fitness Facebook group.
We recommend that you remain registered with your home dentist if this is possible, as there tends to be long waiting lists for NHS dentists. However, if it is not possible for you to do this there are plenty of dental practices within easy reach of Leeds city centre.
You can find local NHS dental practices that are accepting new patients on the NHS Choices website, or alternatively you can call NHS 111 and speak to an advisor.
You can also access emergency and routine dental treatment from Leeds Dental Hospital, some of which is provided by supervised dental students from the University of Leeds.
Meningitis and Septicaemia
Students, particularly freshers living in halls, are an ‘at risk’ group of contracting meningitis and other infectious diseases as they often mix closely with groups of unfamiliar people - some who may unknowingly carry these bugs.
Students going to university for the first time are advised to have the MenACWY vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. The vaccine protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia).
Students should contact their GP to have the MenACWY vaccine before starting university or college. If that's not possible, they should have it as soon as they can after they arrive. Students remain eligible for the vaccine up until their 25th Birthday.
Sometimes meningitis can be mistaken for ‘Freshers Flu” - look out for yourself and your friends at university by being aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. Download the signs and symptoms card
Information on mumps – 10th February 2020
Information for staff and students
The mumps virus is circulating and affecting young adults in the North East of England and Yorkshire, predominantly in those aged 18 - 22 years. Cases of mumps in our local community are monitored by the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who provide the University with advice and support on potential public health issues.
Mumps is an acute viral illness. The infection can be easily spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes. It can also be transmitted by direct contact through saliva.
Signs and Symptoms
The initial symptoms of mumps develop around 18 days after contact with an affected person (but can be between 14 - 21 days)
- Aching Muscles
- Loss of Appetite
- Swelling of salivary glands on one or both sides of the face (glands close to the jaw)
The infection usually passes within a week or two without causing any further problems but it can sometimes lead to complications.
- Swelling of testes or ovaries
- Inflammation of the pancreas
How is mumps spread ?
Mumps is spread through coughing and sneezing, or direct contact with respiratory droplets (e.g. kissing or contact with tissues or hands with saliva on them).
A person with mumps is infectious from several days before the start of the swelling in their glands to five days after swelling starts.
A person with mumps symptoms should stay away from work, or university for five days after the swelling first starts to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. They should also limit their contact with other people during this time.
If you or someone close to you has mumps you should be careful with hand hygiene, thoroughly washing hands using a liquid soap. Each member of the family should have their own towel. Pay particular attention to hand washing after coughing and handling objects.
There is no specific treatment for mumps. People will usually recover after 1-2 weeks. Patients should drink lots of water to prevent against dehydration. Paracetamol can help to bring down fever and using a cold compress.
If you are concerned that you may have contracted mumps then you should NOT attend university and advice should be sought from your GP by telephone.
Healthcare/Nursing students must not attend placements in healthcare premises if they think they have mumps.
The best protection against mumps is to have two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations.
The MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against three separate illnesses - measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). In the UK children are routinely vaccinated with MMR in childhood, at 13 months of age and pre-school age.
If you think you are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR contact your GP.
Your GP will tell you how to get your vaccinations if you need them.
If you have not received two doses of MMR then the course can be finished at any time.
If you need to check your immunisation status or if you would like to receive the MMR vaccination, you should contact your own GP practice or register with Leeds Student Medical Practice.
Further general information about mumps and the MMR vaccine from Public Health England Guidance
Other infectious diseases
Please don’t forget, as well as those listed above, there are other infectious diseases that are much more likely in the UK such as measles, and rubella. Make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations against all these diseases and see the government advice on signs and symptoms.