There are lots of people that you could talk to about your mental health including friends, family and partners. If you’d prefer, you can talk to an advisor at AUSA Advice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can contact Aberdeen Students Nightline, Student Advice and Support Office, Counselling or the Chaplaincy - all are there to help you.
If you are struggling with your mental health please see below links that may help, as well as the side menu for information on specific topics:
If you are feeling suicidal the best thing to do is talk about it, talking is the first step in getting help. If you are worried that someone is suicidal then ask them, it could help save their life.
Self-harm - If you are feeling low, you might use self-harming behaviours to cope with difficult feelings. Although this might make you feel better in the short term, self-harm can be very dangerous and can make you feel a lot worse in the long term.
When you're feeling really low and hopeless, you might find yourself thinking about suicide. Whether you're only thinking about the idea, or actually considering a plan to end your life, these thoughts can feel difficult to control and very frightening.
If you're worried about acting on thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 to talk.
If you feel at risk of immediate danger you can call an ambulance by dialing 999 or go straight to A&E
See Mind.org pages on how to cope with suicidal feelings for more information.
Make a Safety Plan - stayingsafe.net
Who can I talk to?
Everybody feels down from time to time but if you are feeling especially low, or have been feeling down for more than a couple of weeks, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to somebody about it. there are details at the top of this page about what support is available at the university and in the local community.
You can also call Breathing Space, a confidential helpline on 0800 83 85 87, open 24 hours weekends, 6 pm-6 am Fri-Mon and 6 pm-2 am Mon-Thurs.
There is also this video from NHS24 & Breathing Space that you may find useful.
Anxiety/Mental health/loneliness - re COVID-19
5 top tips for positive mental health
There’s a number of ways you can help to improve your mental health:
- Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – looking after your physical health can help improve your mental health, eating healthy, watching what you drink and exercising can make you feel happier.
- Get some sleep - you should aim for about 8 hours every night! A lack of sleep not only causes tiredness but has been associated with mental health problems.
- Remember the good – try to get into the habit of ending your day on a positive, spend some time laughing.
- Take some ‘me’ time - being a student does mean revision, coursework and exams, but try to take regular breaks.
- Talk about it – it’s important to know where you can go for help, make sure you know who to talk to if you need to.