Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: Support and resources

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the support and resources available.

Support services

We understand that this is a particularly stressful time of year for students, and if you feel like you are suffering from more than a bout of exam nerves, please get in touch with the University Counselling Service. You can find the drop-in times for the Counselling Service online.

You can also contact The Samaritans who offer a 24-hour helpline (116 123) or visit the Students Against Depression website.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, please call the police of ambulance service on 999.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service that provides 24/7 online peer and professional support, with trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Big White Wall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them.

More than three quarters of members feel better as a result of using the service and nearly 90% use Big White Wall outside of 9am-5pm. You can get support via the service at any time of the day or night, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Exam Relaxation

Student Services have created an Exam Relaxation series that you can access online. The recordings guide you through a number of relaxation exercises that aim to help you unwind and de-stress.

Self Help Information

The University has a Self Help Hub online where you can access information about anxiety, depression, exam and academic worries, relationship problems, homesickness and bereavement.

Space from Stress Module

Space from Stress is an online self-help module that you can complete for free. The programme – which is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – will provide you with tools and techniques to help you manage stress and bring balance into your life. You can complete the programme at your own pace and time, either at home or on campus.

Space from Stress is being offered by the University in partnership with SilverCloud Health. To find out more information about the programme and to sign-up, please visit our Space from Stress webpage.

Please note that neither your response to, nor your progress within, any of the modules within this programme are monitored by the Counselling Service or the University. If you are in distress, you need to access one of the services outlined on the Space from Stress webpage.

Liverpool Light – mental health café

Liverpool Light provides a welcoming and safe space for people experiencing mental health related crisis.

The service is run by trained mental health support staff and will operate from 6pm to 12pm, seven days a week, offering an alternative to the use of A&E for people at times of crisis or in need of targeted social support out of hours.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday, 14 May through to Friday, 20 May 2018 and this year the campaign is focusing on stress. According to research, two thirds of us experience a mental health problem and stress can be a key factor in this.

You can test your stress levels and access tips on ways you can manage and reduce stress via the Mental Health Awareness Week website.

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