Getting Mental Health support at Uni...

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Team at BCU are available weekdays, from 9am-5pm. You can access them on iCity by email or on the phone.

University is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of our lives, here you will gain new skills and knowledge to achieve your dreams and career goals. You’ll have the chance to get involved in extra-curricular activities. You can join societies and sports teams, making friends and creating amazing memories.  

For some of us it’s not a positive experience 100 percent of the time. Students are especially vulnerable to mental health issues because they are often living away from home for the first time and coping with the pressures of adult life.  

Our ability to communicate with the world around us is influenced by our mental health and wellbeing. It effects how we think, feel, and act. As a result, it's important to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing.  

There are many reasons why your mental health may fluctuate between good and bad – it's normal. If you are not feeling yourself and feel like you need support, you can reach out to BCU’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team

What help is available?

The Mental Health and Wellbeing team provides support to students and staff at BCU.  

They can help refer students to other services, including external organisations that support with mental health. This could be a GP, secondary care or voluntary services, and they liaise with these services with the permissions of the student to ensure that the right support is given.  

The team can also arrange reasonable adjustments around your course for anyone who is experiencing ongoing mental health difficulties and this could include deadline extensions.  

The team can help with anything that's impacting your mental health or wellbeing. For example: anxiety; stress; relationship difficulties; if you’re not enjoying University; if you’re struggling with your identity; or if you have an addiction. It's anything that can impact on your mental health! 

How can I access help?

The Team have a counselling service which involves a mixture of practical, emotional and therapeutic support. The team are available on weekdays from 9am – 5pm, you can find all their details on their iCity page, and you can contact via phone (0121 332 5188) or email (sa.wellbeing@bcu.ac.uk). 

Are you not in Birmingham but need mental health support? 

Don’t worry! You can access all their services remotely, whether your in a different city or if you’re an international student in another country. Once you reach out by phone or email, the team and they can arrange a Microsoft Teams meeting. 

BCU’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team continues to review and develop the service to meet students’ needs and ensure high quality provision. Since the pandemic, the team has been quick to make sure that their services were available online during lockdown and to make sure students were receiving the support they need. The team have already and are still trying to reduce waiting times for students to get the support. 

I'm struggling to study from home...

My best tip for working from home effectively is be kind to yourself. We all are living in a very unknown and a difficult time.  

Those of you who are continuing to study are doing incredibly well. Not only are you coping with the University lifestyle, but you’re living in very difficult circumstances, three national lockdowns certainly haven’t been easy. So, I would say be kind to yourself.  

When I have days where I think ‘that was a bit tough’ I try and do a self-care activity. Even if it's cooking a nice meal, having a bath, scented candles and then just start again the next day. Thinking ‘we all are in the same boat in a way’ sometimes help me.  

On the other hand, you might be feeling differently and working really productively at home. Over time this could get the better of you and you may need to switch off and just watch a film or TV series and get a takeaway. Whatever it is that makes you feel better, you should look after yourself! 

written by Amir Iqbal, BCUSU Vice-President Opportunities & Community 

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