Going to University can be a big change at any time, however with the challenging circumstances this year we realise that some of you may be feeling lonely or isolated from others.
If you’re feeling isolated, first it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Feeling lonely is common at university, and with the social distancing guidelines that we need to follow, it might be more difficult at the moment to feel close to other people.
We’ve put together a round up of things you can do to help yourself if you’re feeling isolated, and support the University can offer to you, when and if you need it.
Ways to get involved
Although things are different this year, there are still plenty of ways, both virtually and face-to-face, to get involved and interact with your fellow students:
1. Guild events
The University and Liverpool Guild of Students have joined together to bring you a one-stop-shop of virtual events and activities – including activities specifically designed to give you the opportunity to meet your fellow students and have some fun:
- Virtual speed-mateing sessions
The Guild have created their very own virtual Speed Mate-ing, to give you a helping hand in meeting new people, expanding your network and swiping right for your new best mate.
Through breakout rooms and conversation starters, you’ll have a chance to get to know the group and hopefully pick up some new pals along the way.
Find out more: https://liverpoolguild.native.fm/ (Search ‘speed-mateing’)
- Tea Talk
Whether you’re looking to make new friends or just want a bit of company, put time in your diary for a cuppa and a chat.
Find out more: https://liverpoolguild.native.fm/ (Search ‘TeaTalk’)
2. Get outdoors
If you’re not required to self-isolate, it is really important to take the time to get outside regularly for some fresh air and activity. This can be as simple as a quick walk or cycle, or grabbing a takeaway coffee for a walk and catch up with a friend. Remember, you can socialise outdoors with your household or one other person from another household.
Sport Liverpool have also created the following 1k, 2.5k and 5k walk/jog/run routes for you to try:
3. Come onto campus
If you fancy getting out from your room, campus is still open, with a few new measures, for you to enjoy.
The Courtyard in the Guild is open as a study space. You can also use the new click and collect takeaway service and tuck into all the burritos and topped fries treats you’d like. See the menu and order food for collection here.
4. Join a society
You can still join your existing or new society this term. Find out more here.
During lockdown you might find you’ve got a bit more time on your hands. Liverpool Guild of Students have teamed up with organisations across Liverpool to provide covid-safe volunteering opportunities. Find out more here.
Looking after your wellbeing
According to Mind’s webpage, loneliness can be associated with low mood, anxiety, and sleeping problems. As well as settling into the academic year and beginning to make connections with others, it’s important to look after your wellbeing. You could:
- Try incorporating the 5 Steps to Wellbeing into your daily routine – see the NHS steps or Mind’s ‘ways to wellbeing’
- Take a look through our self-help information and guidance
- Read tips and advice from other students on the Student Minds blog
- Take a look at current student Samantha’s tips and advice for managing lockdown – including self-care and maintaining your overall wellbeing
- Read the tips on NHS Every Mind Matters – including specific information for young people
- Download the Fika app – a mental fitness tool to help stay motivated, productive, focused and connected during this period of remote work and study
Get support if you need it
- Student Services
Please remember that if you ever feel like you need support or advice, our Student Support team is here for you.
There are resources on Mental health and wellbeing with expert information and advice on specific issues including feeling lonely, and other topics such as improving your sleep and digital wellbeing.
If you’re self-isolating and need help, email Student Services on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student Space
All students can also access Student Space, a dedicated resource from Student Minds for students affected by COVID-19. Student Space offers out of hours phone, webchat, text message and email support.
- Residential Advisers
Each University Halls of Residence has a team of Residential Advisers who live in Halls to provide support, guidance and vital contact out of normal office hours. Our RA team provides an on-call emergency service 8pm – 8am Monday-Friday and 6pm – 9am Saturday-Sunday. The contact number for the Residential Adviser team can be found on the notice boards in all kitchens and lift lobby’s as well as online here.
- Peer mentors
The Peer Mentor team, made up of current students, are here to support you – whether you need their advice, support or just feel like a chat. Find out more about the team and how to contact them by reading Peer Mentor Heather’s blog.