Mental health affects us all. Mental health problems can range from the worries and anxieties we all experience as part of everyday life, to other longer term problems that affect our daily functioning. We all have times when we feel down, stressed, or unable to manage. These feelings often pass, but sometimes they are hard to cope with and you might feel you need extra support.
Whether it is called wellbeing, emotional health, or mental health, it is an important part of living a fulfilling life.
Whilst at University positive mental health and wellbeing can help you:
The Wellbeing Centre is experienced in working with students experiencing a wide variety of mental health difficulties and is happy to see anyone to discuss any concern, no matter how big or small. You might need to approach the service if:
Disclosing a mental health difficulty may cause a great deal of anxiety in itself. Anything you disclose will be treated confidentially and the sharing of any information will be discussed explicitly before hand. We want you to get the right support so that you can get the most out of your time at our University and achieve in your studies.
Register with the Student Wellbeing Centre online by clicking here
Whilst it is not a substitute for seeking professional assessment and treatment, you may find it useful to search for information and self help resources to help you manage what you are experiencing.
There is a wide variety of information available and our self help page aims to provide a comprehensive range of websites, self help guides, reading materials, podcasts and interactive tools that you might find useful.
The Mind guide 'How to cope with student life' is a booklet that gives information about how you can look after your mental health while studying and contains links to other sources of support.
If you are worried about your emotional health and are having thoughts of self harm or suicide you should access help immediately.
Do try to tell someone about how you are feeling. This could be a trusted friend, a family member or someone who is with you now.
If no-one is available there are a number of people you can contact who will listen and provide you with immediate support:
The Samaritans (24hours) 08457 909090 / 01132456789 Email: email@example.com
Papyrus Hopeline UK 0800 068 414 SMS: 0776 209697
Saneline (6pm-11pm) 0845 7678000
If you feel that your life is in imminent danger then go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital or contact 999. At the hospital you may have to wait, but you will be able to see a Mental Health Professional who can help.
Leeds General Infirmary A+ E Department, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX 0113 2432799
St James’ Hospital A+E Department, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF 0113 2433144
Leeds Student Medical Practice, 4 Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AE, 0113 295 4488
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Leeds Metropolitan University is committed to practices which do not discriminate directly or indirectly against students on the grounds of disability.
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Leeds Metropolitan University has a duty to take positive steps to ensure that students with a mental health difficulty, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, can fully participate in the education and other benefits, facilities and services provided. If your mental health is affecting your study you may be entitled to 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure you can continue to study.
For further information please visit the Disability, and Dyslexia Assessment Centre
Website http://www.mentalhealthleeds.info .
The NHS Direct website provides information about health services in your area as well as health advice, information and reassurance. If you become ill or are injured please make sure you get the best possible treatment in the right place
For urgent advice and treatment anytime, call 111.
Download the free Choose well app for iPhone and Androids for information about the nearest NHS service wherever you are in West Yorkshire and the Humber.
Check your symptoms on the NHS Direct Symptom Checker on the NHS website: http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk