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New guidance for staff to support students’ wellbeing this World Mental Health Day

New guidance is being issued to University staff to help support students’ wellbeing, on World Mental Health Day (10 October).

Often staff are the first port of call for help when students experience a dip in their mental health. The updated policy, Students Causing Concern, helps staff better recognise if students need help, and gives direction on how best to identify sources of support such as Welcome Ambassadors, Student Wellbeing Service and the Chaplaincy.

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. The theme of this year’s event is suicide and suicide prevention. It’s the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK.

The help and support available to our students includes:

Welfare Walkabout

Each autumn around 100 members of University staff volunteer their time to visit all students in halls of residence, to see how they’re settling into university life, and offer information on where they can get support and advice.

Welcome Ambassadors programme

The award-winning Welcome Ambassadors scheme connects new students with others, under the guidance from a student ambassador who can answer any questions, and share their experience of getting used to university life. The scheme has been recognised by the UK Government as an example of national good practice.

What’sUp app

Through the What’sUp phone app, students can anonymously access safeguarding, wellbeing, and emotional health support from the University’s Student Wellbeing Service

Stressless programmes

To help students through deadlines and exam periods, the Students’ Union Advice Service has put together a range of resources to help students manage stress. This is supported by Sport & Recreation’s Stressless activities to help students keep active, stay healthy and be happy.

Wellbeing Courses, Workshops and Events

Throughout the year the Student Wellbeing Service provides a range of events to help students with the challenges can face during their time at university, such as managing stress, worrying, or motivation.

For more information about the personal support that’s available to students during their time at University, read the updated Students Causing Concern guidance.

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