Being at uni can be an overwhelming experience at the best of times. On top of exams and essay deadlines, the uni experience can sometimes make us feel isolated from the friends and family who normally support us. When pressures stack up and our mental health and wellbeing suffers, it can feel overwhelming to try and seek out information about the help that’s available. If only you could find all of that information in one place…
One of the main options open to students who need some support is the University’s Counselling Service. They are able to help with any personal issues affecting work, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, mental health and general well-being. As well as 1-to-1 appointments, the Counselling Service also has a range of self-help resources and workshops on improving wellbeing. For appointments simply go to their website, complete a short questionnaire which assigns you a colour, and then call them on 0161 275 2864. You can call on any weekday between 11-12.30pm.
For practical issues you’re facing at uni, the Students’ Union Advice Service should be your first stop. They can offer you free and independent advice on any issues, including academic appeals and disciplinary hearings, issues with your course, housing problems, health & wellbeing, student finance and filing complaints. A load of information is available on their website, so why not start there? For quick questions or to get help contacting an advisor, pop into the Advice Gateway on the ground floor of the Students’ Union to speak to someone. You can also email your query to [email protected] and one of the team will get back to you.
If you have long-term mental health issues, you might also consider registering with the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Among other things, they may be able to offer you study and exam support. For more information, see their website. You can call DASS on 0161 275 7512, Monday-Friday 10-4 to make a quick query appointment or log in to one of their Zoom sessions on how to register here: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/contact-and-see-us/see-us/.
If you’re struggling and looking for help out of normal working hours, Greater Manchester Mental Health have a 24/7 helpline on 0800 953 0285. They can offer appropriate and timely support, translations services and a mobile number for people who need to use visual communication for full accessibility. It can also provide support and advice, both practical and emotional, to those who are struggling in isolation during the lock down period.
Another useful resource is Togetherall. This offers access to a 24/7 online community, monitored by trained clinicians. Togetherall is a safe space online to get things off your chest, have conversations, get creative and learn how to manage your mental health and wellbeing. To join this community go to https://togetherall.com/en-gb/.
As Manchester is a big, diverse community, there is also plenty of culturally sensitive support from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) mental health services.
The African and Caribbean Mental Health Centre is a community-based organisation providing counselling, peer support and support groups predominantly for African and African Caribbean communities. Information can be found on www.acmh-services.co.uk and you can contact them on [email protected].
There is also the Wai Yin Society which is an Ancoats-based community centre offering crisis care, parenting support and mental health support for BME communities, particularly the Chinese community. Info can be found on their website www.waiyin.org.uk and they can be contacted on [email protected].
For LGBTQ support, there’s Mind Out. This is a mental health service run by and for LGBTQ people with regular online support sessions available on www.mindout.org.uk.
More I hear you call! Ok, for a super long list of support services for a wide range of individuals and specific issues visit: https://www.healthwatchmanchester.co.uk/advice-and-information/2020-10-05/mental-health-services.