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This exam season, we’re in it together

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Content warning: this article references self-harm and suicide prevention

With exams and assessments on the horizon, we understand it can be a stressful time of year. We want you to know that we’re here to support you every step of the way. Following on from our exam round-up, we want to highlight the importance of mental health and the support that’s on offer if you’re struggling.

Crisis support

Please don’t suffer in silence – if you’re experiencing feelings of distress, or you’re having thoughts about self-harm or suicide, support is available. Our counsellors have highlighted all the help on offer if you need urgent support.

We also have a 24/7 mental health support phone line and app, which means there is always someone available to offer anonymous, non-judgemental support – whatever time of day or night.

If you’re worried about a friend, or if someone tells you they feel suicidal, it’s important that you encourage them to get immediate help. Please urge them to call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the crisis resolution team. If they are unwilling or unable to do this and you are worried that they intend to take their own life, please call 999 on their behalf.

Find out more about how you can support a friend in crisis.

Ongoing support

In addition to supporting you in a crisis, our counselling service offers ongoing support for all students throughout the year. This includes:

  • Online tools such as guided relaxations and e-resources
  • Group workshops
  • Self-help tools
  • 121 appointments

Discover how our counselling service can help you.

Looking after each other

At Manchester we’re a community, but we know that starting a conversation about your mental health isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve put together an article about how to start a conversation with a friend you think is struggling with their mental health.

Remember that you don’t need to have all the answers or know what to say – the best thing you can do is listen and give them the space to talk through their feelings. The article also offers advice on how best to support a friend in crisis, and signposts to further support.

Your wellbeing

While exams and assessments are an important part of your time at uni, your wellbeing comes first. Our dedicated team at student support services understands the challenges and demands of uni life and has a variety of support on offer, including:

  • Self-care resources
  • Wellbeing events
  • Tailored support for specific communications
  • Workshops
  • 121 sessions with wellbeing advisors available face-to-face, via Zoom or live chat

This service is there for all students to use, wherever you’re at with your mental health. You don’t have to wait until breaking point to access it. We encourage you to take a few moments out of your day to explore how student services can support you.

Looking after you and your wellbeing is always our priority – this exam period and beyond.

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