World Mental Health Day 2020: Arden University's student support manager Sian Duffin offers her advice for students concerned about their mental health.
As World Mental Health Day 2020 is marked around the world on Saturday, October 10, Arden's student support manager Sian Duffin offers 5 practical ways to help students manage their own well-being.
Talk to Your Tutors and Support Team
Tutors are there to help and support you, so let them know how they can support you. Use your wider support network as well, which includes your doctor, family, friends, work colleagues as well as your tutors and student support team - both when you are well and if you are struggling. There is often more than can be done than you think.
Look After Yourself
Your physical health is important for your mental health. Make sure you eat well, exercise and sleep.
Study in Chunks
Thirty minutes of quality study is better than two hours staring into space, so study in small manageable chunks. Make sure you have a balance between work, life and study as far as possible. And don’t give up on things you enjoy outside of work and study.
Make a Check List
Make lists of the tasks you need to accomplish to help you remember and not to procrastinate. Tick off when you are finished with them. If you feel you are not achieving anything, just look back and see what you’ve already ticked off and done.
Remind yourself of your successes with positive self-talk – why you want to do this, your motivations, what you want to succeed. It you struggle to do this for yourself, ask other people to share their positive thoughts about you and your studies with you. Look at positive feedback that you have received and use that to see how you are really doing.
Togetherall - helping to support our students
All our Arden University students enjoy free access to Togetherall - an inclusive online support portal.
Established in 2007 as Big White Wall, Togetherall, is a leading online mental health service that provide millions of people throughout the UK, New Zealand, Canada and the US access to community and professional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Commissioned by Arden University and more than 250 other organisations globally, the online service provides access and support for anyone struggling with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.
The service is registered with the UK's Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is clinically proven to help those who are struggling with stress, isolation, anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.
Togetherall has supported over 220,000 members with their mental health since launch in partnership with clients in the corporate, education, health and charity
sectors, and all serving military personnel and veterans in the UK.