Mental health includes the worries we all experience as part of everyday life as well as serious long-term conditions. Most people who experience mental health conditions can manage them and learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.
Loneliness is something we all experience, as this short video from the Mental Health Foundation highlights. It can be challenging moving to a new city, away from home, but there are things you can do to look after your mental health and lots of places to get support.
- If you have a mental health condition, it is important that you register with a doctor so you can access the necessary support and medicine you may need. You can register with a doctor online, please check our home page or FAQs for more information. Queen Mary University of London has dedicated Disability Advisers (Mental Health and Autism) who are the first point of contact for students with a mental health diagnosis at any stage during their studies. To make an appointment to discuss what can be put in place for you, please get in touch with the Dyslexia and Disability Service.
- The Advice and Counselling Service offers a range of support with your mental and emotional wellbeing, you can contact them for help at any time during your studies.
- You can find lots of useful wellbeing resources on the Advice and Counselling Service website, including help with supporting others.
- The chaplain, Ella Sharples, is available to talk with, for help and advice, to share your experiences and offer a listening ear.
Other places to get support
- For help with depression or anxiety, you can refer yourself to NHS Talking Therapies.
- Access practical tips and advice on the Every Mind Matters website. Get a free, personalised mental health action plan by completing the Mind Plan quiz and find tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and sleep better.
Tower Hamlets 24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Helpline offers support and advice from mental health professionals for all that live, work and study in the borough. You can call them on 0800 073 0003.
Good Thinking have lots of useful resources to help you stay mentally healthy and make the most of your student experience.
The Samaritans offer 24h support. They can be contacted for anything that troubles you.
MIND supports everyone who has a mental health condition and provide general wellbeing advice.
YOUNGMINDS support children and young adults with mental health conditions.
Step Forward is a local charity that offers free and confidential services (sexual health, counselling, LGBT support group, personal development and family support service) to young people aged up to 25 years old.
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