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Looking after your Mental Health & Wellbeing
Looking after your health is important during your time at Newcastle University. Here at NUSU, we are committed to supporting you in living your best life and we understand that, student life (whatever that means to you), can sometimes affect your mental health and wellbeing. Everyone may need a bit of extra support from time to time and although we don’t offer the same counselling service as the University we have listened to you and have developed our ways to wellbeing with students at the very centre.
We completely acknowledge that our ways to wellbeing may not be the best fit for everyone and if you feel like you need extra support for your wellbeing or mental health, please make sure you visit our Mental Health Support page to see what support, resources, and steps are in place to help - remember you are not alone in this.
Academic wellbeing is important in helping you feel confident and improve the resilience you might need in your academic learning.
NUSU have a well-established Academic Rep system in place to provide support at school level. Academic Representation is a crucial part to student experience. Our Academic Reps are here to represent your academic interests and work with the University staff to create positive changes. The Reps are led by your Education Officer, the main representative for institutional and national educational matters.
The Student Advice Centre offers support in all areas of academia & studying that can affect you in your life as a student. University processes can sometimes be difficult to navigate and you may feel unsure where to go and who to speak to, but a SAC adviser can explain how things work and point you in the right direction.
Building a strong social support network
With a ton of ways to help support you in building social networks, NUSU is a good place to start or continue in creating links with others.
- Events & Activities - You can foster new and existing friendships by getting involved in our events and activities.
- Societies - share your interests and time with like-minded people.
- Sports Clubs - Become a part of the Team Newcastle community.
- Go Volunteer - join thousands of other students who come together to help make a positive change in the community.
- Give It A Go - Try something new alongside new people.
Work on being physically healthy
Keeping active and healthy can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem, helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them, and causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood. Here are some ways you can get active or stay healthy with NUSU:
- Sports Clubs & Social Sports Societies - There is an endless supply of sporting activities to help you keep active, whether this is competitively, socially, or for fitness.
- Free Sexual Health resources including condoms, lube, STI tests are available in the Welfare and Support Centre as well as helpful online resources.
- Give it a Go - Join one of our active sessions that work with clubs, societies, campus leagues, as well as external companies to put on a whole host of social sports, taster sessions, mindfulness classes - from badminton to netball, korfball to yoga.
Discovering who you are
For many, university can be the ideal place in finding out who you are and developing personally. This will be as individual as you are but sometimes joining with others helps.
- Student Media - Join in and develop new skills in media, journalism, and broadcasting. This is a perfect chance to learn more about wider issues, and our diverse student community.
- Student Democracy & Representation - Find out more about how we support students through Student Council, and get involved in helping make positive change.
- Try something new and find out skills you didn't realise you had (or enjoyed) with Give it a Go.
- Campaigning – NUSU leads and supports campaigning for a better Newcastle and a better world.
- Go Volunteer is always on the lookout for new volunteers to help them with local charities they are partnered with.
- Your Voice - Help improve the student experience as an Academic Rep, Officer, or voluntary Liberation representative.
Life management skills
The feeling of being bombarded with ‘to-dos’ can be difficult to manage, especially if you are a student living independently for the first time. Balancing academic and personal life can be tricky at times too so the Welfare and Support centre will be popping up throughout the year with useful information to help.
- The Student Advice Centre can offer information, advice and guidance on a whole range of queries including housing advice, finance advice, consumer advice and employment advice.
Being kind to yourself
Being kind to yourself promotes happiness and confidence, how you treat yourself sets the tone for how others will treat you. Being in a good emotional space can help break negative habits that can lead to future problems. Paying more attention to the present moment can also improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body, and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges"
- Keep checking the NUSU 'What's On' sections for offers and opportunities to do something for yourself.
- Get in touch with Kay WSC.email@example.com if you are interested in linking with groups who offer holistic practices such as meditation and yoga.