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The Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team at UCLan are available to support you on 01772 893020 or Wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk 
 

In line with World Mental Health Day 2021 we have pulled together lots of helpful resources and links to help you consider your own mental health.

Come and think Mental Health with us…. 


 Calling all students and staff…

Who’s taking care of you?  We want you to prioritise your mental health at every stage of your journey at UCLan. 

 

Ask yourself these questions, they will give you a clue to where your mental health is at:

  • How am I feeling today? 
  • What’s taking up most of my headspace? 
  • Have I eaten well today? 
  • How well am I sleeping? 
  • What have I done today that brings me joy? 

 Remember, we all sit somewhere on the mental health continuum, and this can change on a weekly, daily, even hourly basis. 

There are a variety of mental health problems. They can be scary and amplify feelings of loneliness and desperation. Remember you are not on your own. 

For some of the more common mental health problems The Mind website provides further details for you to explore:

Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time. Anxiety is often described as feeling stressed, tense, worried, uneasy or scared. 

Bipolar disorder is characterised by the experience of extreme periods of low, depressed mood and periods of high, manic mood. 

Depression is characterised by the persistence of feelings of sadness or misery. 

Eating disorders can occur when someone has a difficult and unhealthy relationship with food, and often co-exist with depression or anxiety disorders. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where unwanted thoughts, urges and repetitive activities become an obstacle to the person's ability to live life as they want. 

Personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) occur when a person's personality traits cause regular, long-term problems in the way they cope with life. 

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that occurs when the parts of the brain that are responsible for emotion and sensation stop functioning properly. 

Self harm is when a person hurts themselves intentionally and it is usually used as a coping strategy to deal with intense emotional distress. It is difficult to know how common self-harm is, as many people describe it in different ways and many will never ask for help.  


Where can I get support?


At the University of Central Lancashire, we run Well@UCLan groups where you can learn about hints and tips to look after yourself whilst studying at UCLan. Find out more here:

Wellbeing Workshops 

 
For students

The Student Wellbeing Service can help students experiencing a range of difficulties that are affecting their mental health and wellbeing. They offer a confidential, professional service, ensuring that students receive personal support, recognising people as individuals, all with different needs. 

The Inclusive Support Service. The University’s dedicated Inclusive Support Advisors can provide advice, guidance, and support to staff and students about a range of practical adjustments to your work or studies. 


 For staff

Human Resource Contacts. If you are a member of staff your HR Manager will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.

Trade Unions. There are three trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison, Unite and UCU.

Staff Network Groups. The University has a number of staff network groups which you can view on the staff Intranet through clicking the link. These groups provide a forum for staff to discuss issues of mutual interest and the ability to raise issues in a safe environment. They can help new staff settle in, provide networking opportunities across departments and also increase staff knowledge of the University's activities.

Counselling. It’s important that you take care of yourself. The Staff Counselling Service offers a confidential, accessible counselling service to all its employees, in line with the University's mission statement and policies. If you are a member of staff, you can email the Staff Counselling service or call 01772 892329 to request an appointment.
 

 Other sources of support:
 

The Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline is a Freephone out of hours, person centered listening environment for people requiring emotional support in relation to their own mental health or that of someone they know. Fully trained volunteers operate the helpline, they offer their time to listen and support callers. Call: 0800 9154640. Lines are open Monday – Friday 7.00pm until 11.00pm and Saturday & Sunday – 12.00pm until Midnight, 365 days a year 

Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Papyrus Hopeline UK The Suicide Prevention Advisers work with people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide to understand why these thoughts might be present. They also provide a safe space to talk through anything happening the caller’s life that could be impacting on them or anyone else’s ability to stay safe. They can also support people of any age who are concerned that a young person may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. They are open 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and 2pm – 10pm bank holidays.
 Phone: 0800 068 4141, text: 07786209697 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org 

Lancashire Women are a service who offer services to support and empower women. They provide a range of support, including for mental health and this is delivered through 1-2-1 and group support. 

Anxiety UK offers support, advice and information on a range of anxiety and anxiety-based depression conditions. Call: 08444 775 774. Lines are open Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5.30pm. 

Have a look at the useful links page on the UCLan website for further information on support available. 

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