At Newman University, we understand the worries and stresses that students face. University life can be difficult; perhaps you’re living away from home for the first time worrying about money or, the workload is more than you’ve had to deal with previously. It is important to remember that everybody deals with mental health and here are some tips on how to manage yours.

Speak to Student Support

Speaking out can be difficult; but the cliché; ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ could not be more true. Advice services such as Student Support offer confidential and non-judgmental help to those who need it. Taking the step to speak to a trained member of staff could be what you need to start beginning to feel better. You can email them at studentsupport@newman.ac.uk and they will help in any way they can.

Be kind to yourself

It can be so hard to do anything really when you’re feeling down, but be kind to yourself. Read a book, wrap up in a warm blanket or watch your favourite childhood film – all of which can be the difference in you feeling a little bit better in the short term. Alternatively, play some music and sing your heart out. It might be Kylie or it might be Metallica, but to belt out some notes in the security of your own bedroom can be one great way to relieve stress.

Exercise

Physical exercise releases endorphins and can give you a motivational kick when you need one. If you don’t consider yourself to be a budding Mo Farah, even heading out for a walk and filling your lungs with fresh air can be enough to make you feel a little better. We have an on-site gym if you’re interested in working those muscles. More information on sport at Newman can be found on this page.

See your friends

Spending time with your favourite people over a coffee can be a great way to let off some steam. It is not essential that you speak about your problems with them, but just to see them and to have a laugh or discuss their lives may help you to take your mind off your own worries. If you feel comfortable, open up to them. Remember, your friends are not professionals and may not know all the answers. However, sharing your thoughts with a good friend might just be the therapy that you need.

This World Mental Health Day, let’s raise awareness for a cause that affects us all at some point during our lives. Awareness of mental health problems is improving all the time, however, there is still a long way to go in ensuring that sufficient support is available globally to everyone who needs it. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself. Together, we can end the stigma and achieve the support for mental health that we all deserve.

And remember, whatever you are dealing with, your’e not alone, there is plenty of support available here at Newman University. Visit the Health, Safety & Well-being page or contact the health and safety department for information on managing and improving your mental health and well-being.