Mental Health

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 ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk, 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:

Resources:

Free Webinars:

Aberdeen based First Psychology Scotland (FPS) is launching a series of FREE lunchtime winter webinars to help Aberdonians deal with the darker months and preparing for a very different Christmas. Starting on Friday, 6 November 2020, the team will present 30-minute webinars between 12 and 12.30pm. 

 “In our webinar series we are hoping to give Scots concrete strategies as well as coping mechanisms they can easily integrate into their daily lives. They are accessible and free to anyone who feels they may benefit; all you need to do is register via the First Psychology Aberdeen website – Winter Webinar page.”

For anyone looking for more in-depth advice, the team at First Psychology is providing a specially compiled ‘Corona Toolkit’, downloadable from the organisation’s website and FREE OF CHARGE. The toolkit is packed with more easy to follow coping strategies and also covers advice on what to avoid to stay calm.

  • Maintaining Well-being while Working from Home - Friday 6 November 2020, 12-12.30pm (GMT)The aim of this webinar is to increase your awareness of some of the elements of working from home that may negatively impact your mental health, especially as we move into winter, and how to adapt your working from home practices to best manage these. We will also look at how to recognise when you or others might be struggling and how to put a plan in place to manage this and get support. https://www.firstpsychology.co.uk/news-detail.php?ID=84
  • Staying Connected During a Winter Lockdown - Friday 20 November 2020, 12-12.30pm (GMT)The autumn/winter season is usually one for lots of celebrations with friends and family, celebrating Halloween, birthdays, bonfire night, Christmas, work nights out and New Year's Eve. Seeing friends and family that you don't see much of the rest of the year or spending quality time at home with your closest loved ones. However, this winter lockdown restrictions are likely to prevent our usual celebrations and opportunities for connecting with others. Accordingly, the aim of this webinar is to explore how we can adapt to these restrictions whilst keeping connected with our loved ones and battling the onset of winter loneliness. https://www.firstpsychology.co.uk/news-detail.php?ID=85
  • Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) During Lockdown -  Friday 27 November 2020, 12-12.30pm (GMT)It's common for your mental health to be affected by changing seasons and weather, or to have times of year when you feel more or less comfortable. But if your feelings are interfering with your day to day life, and keep coming back at the same time of year, it could be a sign that you have seasonal affective disorder or SAD. The aim of this webinar is to explain more about SAD, what causes SAD and tips to help you manage your mental health this winter, particularly focusing on coping with SAD during lockdown. https://www.firstpsychology.co.uk/news-detail.php?ID=86
  • How to Have a Merry Lockdown Christmas - Wednesday 4 December 2020, 12-12.30pm (GMT)Christmas this year is likely to be a strange and different event for all of us: with lots of indoor and outdoor events not going ahead and restrictions on travelling and meeting up with friends and family, you might expect this Christmas to be rather miserable. Accordingly, the aim of this webinar is to help you explore creative ways of making the most out of this Christmas season so that you can still

Suicidal thoughts

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 dialling 999 or go straight to A&E

See Mind.org pages on how to cope with suicidal feelings for more information.

Who can I talk to?

Everybody feels down from time to time but if you are feeling especially sensitive, 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, 6pm-6am Fri-Mon and 6pm-2am Mon-Thurs.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remember the good – try to get into the habit of ending your day on a positive, spend some time laughing.
  4. Take some ‘me’ time - being a student does mean revision, coursework and exams, but try to take regular breaks. 
  5. 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.