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Looking after your wellbeing in Mental Health Awareness Week

Our overall wellbeing includes both mind and body.

Our overall wellbeing includes both mind and body.

Our overall wellbeing includes both mind and body. A good place to start thinking about how we can be more aware of our wellbeing is the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’:

  • Connect – People matter. Evidence shows that good relationships with family, friends and the wider community are important in mental wellbeing.
  • Keep Active – Great for physical health and fitness as keeping active can improve your mental wellbeing.
  • Keep Learning – Learn new skills. Continuing to learn throughout life can help improve and maintain our mental wellbeing.
  • Give – Helping, supporting and working with others towards a shared goal is good for our mental wellbeing.
  • Take notice – Pay attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings and the world around you. Taking notice can improve your mental wellbeing.

Many students feel under strain at times but find that they are able to manage problems themselves or with support from family and friends. The following signs may indicate that stress is starting to affect mental wellbeing and /or ability to cope with usual day to day activities – and this might be a sign to consider accessing support from the University’s Student Wellbeing Service or a GP:

  • Withdrawing and not feeling like socialising.
  • Distancing self from friends, family and housemates.
  • Academic, sporting or extracurricular performance not as expected.
  • Significant change in eating habits – having a much smaller or bigger appetite than usual.
  • Sleeping problems – sleeping more than usual, finding it difficult to fall asleep or having difficulty staying asleep.
  • More of a struggle to take care of personal appearance.

The Student Wellbeing Service offers confidential help with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns and is available to every University student, free of charge.

There is a variety of support on offer:

  • Book a 20-minute Advice Session on the same day by calling 023 9284 3157.
  • Arrange for a Full Wellbeing Consultation – to receive counselling, wellbeing or mental health support – by registering online here
  • Drop in to the Wellbeing Café held every Wednesday 4 to 5.30pm in term time in Café Coco – free tea and coffee, friendly welcome, chat, board games, fun activities.
  • Download the What’sUp smartphone app App – personal space to monitor your mood and informal messaging with SWS wellbeing advisers.
  • Attend one of our popular workshops or courses, providing useful skills for managing stress, coping with anxiety, managing mood, addressing procrastination or perfectionism and learning mindfulness.

Phone: 023 9284 3157


Location: Nuffield Centre, Ground Floor, Student Advice Services Reception, St Michael’s Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED

Opening hours: 8:30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am – 4pm on Friday.

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