Mental health issues are disproportionately high within the LGBT+ community. However, there are options if you are struggling, both within the university or the SU, and externally:
UNIVERSITY WELLBEING SERVICE
- University wellbeing advisors
The university wellbeing advisors are available for drop-in sessions (no appointment is needed) and their service is fully LGBT+ inclusive. Drop-in sessions are available both on campus at the Roper Student Services Centre, or in town at The Virgil Building. You can find details of their timings on their website.
Student Services offers counselling and mental health assessments to students for free, and they are confidential. Skype/telephone appointments are available in cases where access to campus based services are restricted. It is important to note that there is usually a waiting list for the university counselling and they are currently not able to provide long-term counselling, but it is definitely worth booking it despite this. In doing this, you can discuss your feelings and experiences with a professional, and decide what you want to achieve at the end of the support offered. They can also help you decide what other options are available to you.
Student Services offers several courses/workshops at various times of the year in areas such as managing procrastination, coping with low mood and depression, mindfulness, and sleep.
Nightline is a “student-run, confidential, and non-judgemental peer-to-peer support listening service”. The volunteers are fully trained and are there to listen and talk about whatever it is that’s on your mind (it could be something as small as just wanting to chat, to something as serious as self-harm or needing them to contact an ambulance). They won’t judge you or tell you what to do, so you can feel comfortable contacting them. You can contact them via instant messenger, phone or email. It is entirely anonymous, so the volunteer’s you talk to won’t know your identity unless you tell them.
It is completely free and they are available 8pm to 8am every night during the semester - you can find their contact details on the back of your library card.
Student Minds is a UK charity focused student mental health, and it is also a student-led group that supports mental health in 2 ways:
Campaigning to raise awareness for mental health issues and the importance of student wellbeing.
Student Minds Facilitators run several courses focused on different mental health issues (such as low-mood/depression and eating disorders). They also run courses on how to support someone else, for example if you have a friend who self-harms.
These courses are all free for students.
There are many options to help you with your mental health outside of the university:
If you are still unsure as to what option is best for you, or just want a friendly face to chat to, you can contact committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat to you.