We know that for some of our students, this time will be further compounded due to the impact lockdown will be having on those experiencing Domestic Abuse.  If you find yourself in this situation, or know someone at risk of Domestic Violence, please contact the Student Counselling, Mental Health & Wellbeing team, who can support and advise you at this time.  Remember, in an emergency call 999, and if needed, make use of the Silent Solutions option to let operators know you need help.  For more information visit our Wellbeing Page or call the team on 01772 893020 and we will get back promptly. Alternatively, you can visit Women’s Aid, Safelives or view the articles on Report and Support for further guidance and advice. 

Substance misuse

Is your substance use having a negative impact on your life? Do you feel that the substance is in control of you, rather than you are in control of it? Do you struggle to put the top back on the bottle once you’ve taken it off? 

You may wish to complete a screening tool to assess what level of risk is posed by your current substance use: 

You may have noticed some of the following:

·       Feeling low or anxious 
·       Mood swings or acting out of character
·       Angry or irritable 
·       Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or unable to cope 
·       Feeling fearful, anxious or paranoid 
·       Feelings of guilt about your substance misuse 
·       Lack of care towards your personal appearance/grooming 
·       Lethargy, lack of energy and feeling tired all the time 
·       Poor sleep pattern 
·       Becoming more withdrawn 
·       Unable to relax
·       Poor concentration and making decisions
·       Changes in weight
·       Not eating enough or over-eating 
It is important to think about wider factors in your life which are contributing to you using substances problematically. You can get support for health and wellbeing issues through UCLan’s Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing Service by completing the online self-referral form.

Problem gambling

Problem gambling will look different for everybody. A helpful way to look at it is, if someone carries on gambling even though it is having a negative impact in their life. Acknowledging you need help can be the first step to a much more positive future.

If you think you may have a problem with gambling, you may wish to complete Gamcare's screening tool to assess how much of an impact gambling is having on your life. At the end of the assessment, you will be presented with a breakdown of how gambling is affecting your life as well as personalised recommendations for your next steps. 


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