When life feels tough and you’re feeling down, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
Assessment stress, future worries and restriction changes are all significant stress triggers – not to mention doing all this through a global pandemic.
And when things pile up or don’t go to plan, it’s easy to beat ourselves up or to feel unworthy, but remember – you are enough.
If you find yourself feeling anxious or overwhelmed and need someone to talk, you’re not alone. There are lots of support services and resources available to help and support you when things get tough.
Support for your mental health
Health Assured 24/7 Helpline: Our new 24/7 mental health support phone line and app means there is always someone available to offer support – whatever time of day or night.
The Counselling and Mental Health Service: You can try these resources in the first instance. If you need to talk to someone, please complete this online questionnaire. You can then call their appointment line on 0161 275 2864 between 10.30am-1.30pm (Monday – Friday), stating the colour suggested on completing the questionnaire and you will be booked-in for the next day. For urgent support out of working hours please click here.
Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 Helpline: Ring freephone 0800 953 0285 for round the clock mental health support.
The Samaritans: Freefone 116 123 or 0161 236 8000 charged at local rate. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to talk confidentially about any problem, however big or small
Papyrus: 0800 068 4141
Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774
CALM: 0800 585 858
MIND: 03001 233 393
Support for your studies
Accessing online learning: Get information, advice and guidance for accessing blackboard, assessments and teaching and learning online during the closure of non-essential facilities on campus with our guide to online learning.
Study spaces: If you’re struggling to work from home there are a wide range of bookable study spaces available across the campus. To help manage demand and ensure every student has the opportunity to book a space, sessions can be booked online for the next two days only – visit the Library’s booking form to find out more and book your space.
Academic Advisor: We are probably all feeling a bit more vulnerable and uncertain than we are used to, so don’t be afraid to contact your Academic Advisor for support if you’re struggling. They can give you advice on your studies, as well as point you in the direction of other support services available to you.
School support: Your school support office, or equivalent, can offer you support on any academic issues you may have, including mitigating circumstances, appeals, and complaints.
My Learning Essentials: The My Learning Essentials programme is delivered by the Library Team and has lots of online resources, such as podcasts and online sessions, to support your academic life.
Support for disabled students: The Disability Advisory and Support Service offer a range of support to disabled students, including those with long term mental and physical health conditions.
Laptop loan and WiFi access scheme: We recognise that not all students have access to a laptop or Wi-Fi, or that COVID-19 may have affected your personal financial circumstances. If this is the case the University may be able to help. Find out if you meet the criteria of the laptop loan and WiFi access scheme.