Mental Health is a term that includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also determines how we handle stress. It is important to look after your mental health, especially whilst at University
What is mental health?
It's natural to feel happy when something positive happens to you or to feel sad, anxious, angry or scared when faced with something challenging or negative in your life.
Good mental health and wellbeing is to recognise that it is natural to feel different emotions, but also knowing when you need some help in dealing with life events.
Good mental health is just as important as good physical health, and maintaining it should be a priority for everyone.
Problems with your mental health
If you are experiencing problems with you mental health they can affect the way you think, feel and behave, much like a physical illness. However, the symptoms are not always visible to or understood by others.
Signs to look out for
Here are some of the early warning signs that you should look out for:
- mood swings or consistently lower mood
- loss of interest in doing things you previously enjoyed
- not wanting to socialise or spend time with family and friends
- disturbed sleep patterns
If you feel that you may be suffering from any of the symptoms, it's really important that you seek help and support through one of these channels:
- Make an appointment with you GP.
- Access support through the Student Wellbeing Team to explore self-help strategies and potentially access disability support if you receive a formal diagnosis. Our Student Wellbeing team are available from 8.45am-5pm (Mon-Thu) and 8.45am-4pm (Fri).
- Contact support organisations such as those listed on this page and through our Helplines page for information on support groups and other resources available to you.
Making an appointment
- If you are not sure who to talk to, drop in or make an appointment to meet with one of our Student Wellbeing Assistants on campus. You can confidentially discuss any issues that concern you and they will assess your needs and signpost you to the best source of support for you.
- You may be referred to one of our Advisers who will advise you on self-help and coping strategies as well as helping you liaise with any suitable external support networks.
- If you have a diagnosed mental health condition, you should disclose this to us and provide us with your medical evidence. Then our AccessAbility Advisers can recommend support to help you in your studies while you manage your condition.
University can be lots of fun but it can also be quite stressful, especially if you are struggling with academic or personal issues.
Student Wellbeing provides a range of services to support students in need, including counselling support.
All Ulster University students can access a professional counsellor through a 24/7 freephone helpline brought to you in collaboration with Inspire students by calling 0800 028 5510. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org (not a 24h service).
Student Wellbeing Team
Our Student Wellbeing team are available from 8.45am-5pm (Mon-Thu) and 8.45am-4pm (Fri).
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Informed Minds App
The Informed Minds App aims to support and help young people with their Mental Health Wellbeing by providing a range of Lived and Learned short vlogs and blogs from young people on various Mental Health Wellbeing topics.
These young people have been there.
They have experienced a range of challenges or life experiences, so they voluntarily share their stories and some tips and strategies that helped them, with the aim of helping others.
The App also includes short vlogs and blogs from professionals from a range of fields who also offer some advice on the topic.
Within the App there is also a ‘Mind Gym’ – mini training opportunities with a series of 4/5 short vlogs, blogs or audios to help improve our understanding of key topics and provide techniques to strengthen skills and wellbeing in areas such as reducing stress, confidence, resilience and motivation.
Download the Informed Minds App via the app store or Google Play and use your Ulster University email address to sign in. (A code will be sent to your email to confirm, be sure to check your junk mail for this.)
Student Wellbeing views confidentiality as a means of providing students with safety and privacy, as well as creating an environment where our students feel comfortable in seeking support.
We hold and process your data in line with the University’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
On occasion, it may be necessary for us to share information with relevant third parties in your best interests including; health and social care professionals, parent and/or next of kin if there is a known or suspected risk of harm to yourself or others.
There may also be occasions where we have a legal obligation to share information and you will be advised of this. These instances may include;
- If you present with significant risk of harm to self, others or from others
- If you disclose involvement in or awareness of a criminal offence and give details in relation to the offence
- If you raise concerns in relation to child protection or concerns regarding an adult at risk
- Disclosure of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect, including domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking
Your data is collected only for the purposes of providing support services to you, and held electronically on the University CRM system.
This information is held securely against your student record, but is only accessible to staff within Student Experience & Wellbeing.
All personal data is held securely and only accessible in relation to providing additional support services to you, and is compliant with GDPR.
Read more on the Student Privacy Notice.
We may require copies of documentation as supporting evidence in order to provide some services, making recommendations to other University departments or services providers (or third party organisations), but this will be at your request.