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The world can seem like a worrying and overwhelming place right now and we understand that this can have a significant impact on your wellbeing as a student. There are lots of articles and resources out there already, so we have tried to pull as many of these together as possible as a one-stop-shop for support you might find helpful during this time, as well as some top tips to help you take care of your wellbeing.

 

If you, or someone you know, is at immediate risk, please call 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123

 

For official government advice and support, please visit https://www.gov.uk/

 

Top Tips

  • Keep in touch with friends and loved ones, share how you're feeling and stick together!
  • Get facts from reputable sources, but don't overexpose yourself to the news if it makes you feel anxious. Be wary of Twitter and mis-information on social media!
  • Official NHS information with practical advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • Top tip: mute triggering words on Twitter and any groups/conversations/threads if they are overwhelming
  • Add some relaxing activities into your day - read, catch up on Netflix, get out in the fresh air if you can! Headspace and Calm are amazing apps to help you with meditation, which can be super useful at times like this. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more recommendations from your Sabbs!
  • Create and maintain a routine that prioritises looking after yourself. Get up and go to bed at a similar time, eat regular meals and stay hydrated.

 

Mental health support

Mind have some really good advice on how to look after your wellbeing, including a useful Checklist to help you prepare for self-isolation should you need to; https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Student Minds have put together some good guidance about looking after your mental health when self-isolating and for those with ongoing mental health difficulties, looking out for friends and family and guidance on xenophobia and racism https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

AnxietyUK suggests practising the "Apple" technique to deal with anxiety and worries.

Acknowledge: Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.

Pause: Don't react as you normally do. Don't react at all. Pause and breathe.

Pull back: Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.

Let go: Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don't have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.

Explore: Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else - on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else - mindfully with your full attention.

 

University support

NSU/Nightline has now re-opened with a new email listening service. Students can email listening@northumbria.nightline.ac.uk anytime (day or night) and our trained volunteers will respond within 48 hours.

If you're concerned about what's happening at the University, keep an eye on the news stories on your student portal which is being updated daily with answers to your questions

The University Support and Wellbeing services are still open and can be accessed through Ask4Help or at https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/support-for-students/counselling-and-mental-health-support/

Student Life and Wellbeing offers a range of support for students, including: information and advice on funding, welfare and immigration issues; support for students with disabilities; and, a chaplaincy and faith advice. Find out more on your Student Portal.

If you are struggling financially, you can apply for the University’s Access to Learning Fund through your Student Portal.

Kooth: student.kooth.com (free, anonymous and confidential online support), sign in with your University log in

If you have coursework due to hand-in and are concerned that you may not be able to complete the work on-time, you can request an extension to an assignment by completing a late authorisation form which can be found on your student portal. You can also consider submitting a Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) form. You can do this via your Student Portal (click on ‘My Info’ then under ‘My Requests,’ click on ‘Personal Extenuating Circumstances’).

Your Students’ Union have also set up a community group on Facebook to offer some light-hearted fun activities and keep you entertained, which you can find here

 

Financial hardship

With many jobs lost or at risk and the uncertainty that comes with a pandemic, this is a particularly difficult time for financial hardship. If you are struggling financially, please contact the University’s Student Life and Wellbeing team through the Student Portal to discuss support, or to apply for the Access to Learning fund.

The Student Food Project – Quick, cheap and easy student recipes: https://www.thestudentfoodproject.com/

Find a Foodbank near you: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

 

Domestic abuse

Staying at home can be a major cause of anxiety for those who are experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is NEVER okay or acceptable in any circumstances and there is support available to you, should you need it.

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ for guidance and support

Women’s Aid Safety Advice for Survivors https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors/

Men’s Advice Line https://mensadviceline.org.uk/

Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity https://www.galop.org.uk/galop-to-run-national-lgbt-domestic-violence-helpline/

Hestia Domestic Abuse Service https://www.hestia.org/domestic-abuse

Chayn https://chayn.co/

 

Helping out in the community

Get involved in a social isolation support group doing deliveries and helping out people who can't get out (if it's safe to do so and you're feeling well!)

Citylife Line is a new service that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more here and sign up here! https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/citylife

Sign up for AgeUK telephone friendship service https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/telephone-befriender/

Donate to a Foodbank near you https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

 

Entertainment recommendations from your Sabbs!

Netflix:

  • Kingdom - think zombies, Korea and capitalism. And really cool head kicks.
  • Shutter Island - so confusing you can watch it three times.
  • The Dragon Prince: pretty animations, cool storyline. A fun story about a disease sending people nasty, hmm…
  • Line of Duty - corrupt coppers, AC-12, whodunnit, five seasons to binge – what’s not to love?!
  • Brooklyn99 - good memes, hilarious characters.
  • The Toys That Made Us - documentary series on the toys that made your childhood.
  • Looper - Time travel and Bruce Willis, what more do you need?
  • Peep Show: Because you can watch it 80 times and still enjoy it.
  • Breaking Bad: Mr. Nice Guy to Scarface (best TV show ever)
  • Explained: Short, easy to watch documentaries on all sorts of topics!
  • Planet Earth: Because you’re not going on holiday anytime soon
  • Mind Hunter - FBI agents in the 70s develop psychological profiles for the newly-dubbed 'serial killers'

 

Books:

  • Feed by MT Anderson - political thriller about the internet and journalism and the intersection among the three.
  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton - a funny take on being a women, growing up and navigating all different kinds of love along the way!
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - cliché but the book is genuinely better than the film! You won't be able to put it down - proper good whodunnit.
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson - Learn the art of selecting your f**ks 
  • Have a browse through Prime reading on Amazon, you can take out ten books at once!

 

Podcasts:

  • Late to Lectures - a podcast from your Sabbs!
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey - this podcast is hilarious! You feel like you are genuinely sat in the room listening to them argue and laugh together.
  • Mile Higher Podcast - if you’re a conspiracy theorist like me, the Mile Higher Podcast will have you SHOOK. From unsolved murders to aliens there’s a little bit for everyone!
  • Double Toasted - funny commentary on today's news, gaming and commentaries

 

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