Policies and Procedures
SUBU Advice does not provide a wellbeing or counselling service but can advise you of your options and be a central point of contact, here when you need us.
It's not uncommon for students to experience worry and stress, in fact having worries or stresses is a part of life. As such, its important to take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and access support when you need it. Moving away from home, financial, academic and social pressures can influence mood. If you're worried about your mood you can complete a Mood Self-Assessment and learn more about Mindfulness via the NHS Website. The NHS advise that there are five steps to mental wellbeing: connect, be active, keep learning, give to others and be mindful. You can learn more about these steps via the NHS website.
SUBU provides plenty of opportunities to help you achieve these steps. SUBU offers the opportunity to get involved via volunteering, Reps, Green Task Force, Raising and Giving, clubs and societies and the Mental Health Zone, to name a few of the options available. In additition to learning on your course you can get involved and take part in the Leadership Award.
Specialist external sources of support
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. As well as offering advice and support they provide information and advice on how to improve your mental wellbeing.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM supports men via their helpline and webchat facility and has some useful information on how you can help a friend who you believe maybe suicidal.
The Samaritans offer a safe space for you to talk to anyone at any time. Whatever you are going through, you can call the Samaritans for free.You can also speak to your GP, friends or family.
Support available at BU
SUBU Advice is here to help and can point you in the right direction for specialist advice and support. We can also advise you on relevant SUBU and BU Policies and Procedures, e.g. exceptional circumstances, formally known as mitigating circumstances. BU provides a Wellbeing service and staff in the Chaplaincy are also qualified to provide students with emotional support. Each Faculty also has a Student Support and Engagement Team who can provide you with advice and support. You can also access Big White Wall which is an online mental health and wellbeing service provided via BU offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares.
Contact the service/s you feel most comfortable approaching.