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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Anyone can experience mental health difficulties and it is recognised that life’s transition points can be especially challenging. For example, the unfamiliar environment of higher education, combined with the demands of self-directed study can be very stressful, especially for those who already have underlying mental health problems. Therefore, the University of Wolverhampton takes the mental health of its students and staff very seriously.

The university prides itself on providing opportunities for all students to develop friendships and pursue social, recreational and sporting interests. In addition, we offer a wide range of easily accessible student support services.

Please see the following document for information on our Wellbeing drop-in sessions which also include those for Counselling:  Wellbeing and Counselling drop-in sessions (PDF 91K, Downloads file)

Wellbeing Groups

A relaxed gathering place where you can receive mutual support in a relaxed, safe environment, with wellbeing activities and guidance from specialist staff. Students can come and go as they wish.

City Campus

Where

Students’ Union
Boardroom

The Chaplaincy

When Every second Monday Every second Friday
Time 3pm to 3.40pm 2.30pm to 4pm
Dates

16th October 2017
30th October 2017
13th November 2017
27th November 2017
11the December 2017

13th October 2017
27th October 2017
10th November 2017
24th November 2017
8th December 2017

Walsall Campus

Where

Students' Union

When First Friday of the month
Time 12.30pm - 2pm
Dates 3rd November 2017
1st December 2017

Questions about your support?

If you are registered with Student Support and Wellbeing, or have questions about support, please contact SSW on: 01902 321074 or email: ssw@wlv.ac.uk

If you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed:

Here are some resources that you might want to access in order for you to gain some immediate hope and support.

Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe

A leaflet for anybody struggling to cope when bad things happen in their life. 

U Can Cope

A leaflet designed to help people develop the ability to cope with difficulties.

U Can Cope 22m film and online resources - for people in distress and those trying to support them to share hope, useful strategies and national organisations for support http://www.connectingwithpeople.org/ucancope

The important thing to remember at this time is that this intense feeling will pass, and it will get better.  

Please feel free to pass on these links to a family member or a friend who is in distress or who experiences feelings of self-harm, suicide or struggles to cope.

 

If you feel that things are getting to you, and you need to talk to someone here are some Helplines you may find helpful, especially out of hours: 

Samaritans: freephone: 116 123  Email: Jo@samaritans.org

 24hrs a day 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened.

Mind Infoline Support and advice for people living with a mental health issue. Telephone: 0300 123 3393 Email: info@mind.org.uk Text: 86463 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

CALM: 0800 802 5858 or webchat/online: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/ Helpline for men who are down or feeling overwhelmed for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. Open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year

 

PAPYRUS Support for young people under 35 who are feeling suicidal. Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org SMS: 07786 209697 Opening hours Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends & bank holidays: 2pm-5pm.

Concerned about hearing voices or seeing things other people may not see contact:

The Hearing Voices Network Support and information for people who hear voices. Telephone: 0114 271 8210 Email: nhvn@hotmail.co.uk. Web: www.hearing-voices.org

 

Worried about your symptoms and need urgent advice? Call NHS 111 (open 24 hours) – they will also be able to offer help and advice.

In medical emergency, or if you are experiencing overwhelming mental health difficulties and feel unable to keep yourself safe:

Visit your local accident & emergency department:

  • Wolverhampton New Cross 01902 307 999
  • Telford (Princess Royal Hospital) 01952 641 222
  • Walsall Manor Hospital 01922 721 172
  • Burton 01283 566 333

Or Call 999

 

  • Raising mental health awareness throughout the University by improving the quality and accessibility of information available on mental health issues. 
  • Working in partnership with students who are experiencing mental health problems.  This will enable the student to define their own needs and work in partnership with staff, recognising and building on the student's strengths, skills and potential.
  • Ensuring respect and confidentiality for all members of its community. 
  • Providing all staff with opportunities to develop appropriate skills and knowledge in this area. 
  • Acknowledging and responding to mental health issues when reviewing policies and procedures.  The University aims to ensure that all policies reflect the mental health needs of members of the University community.
  • Working in liaison with external agencies, locally and nationally, who offer alternative support to students and staff.
  • Ensuring services provided on campus, especially the relevant support services are readily available and accessible to all students.  Constructive lines of communication between departments are encouraged.
  • Exploring new initiatives which could promote the mental well-being of students and prevent mental health problems.

Please contact SEC at Sec@wlv.ac.uk or phone at 01902 321074.