The current situation is so far from anything we know or have experienced before, that you may feel anxious, stressed, worried, overwhelmed or confused about it all. In fact, it’s completely normal to feel differently about it on different days, or even different times of the day.
We’ve listed a few helpful websites below that explain what you can do now to look after your mental health.
UCL's Mental health and wellbeing support
There is always help available to you throughout your time with us at UCL. Whether through counselling or at a drop-in session or appointment, our professional staff can provide you with advice and support on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing subjects, to help you get the most out of student life.
Mind is a mental health charity with some amazing resources on their website. They have information and advice on a huge range of topics but here’s what they had to say on Covid-19 and mental health.
NHS England have a wealth of information on looking after your body and your mind. They’ve also got some great apps that can get you doing more so do check them out.
If you’re having a difficult time, or worrying about someone else who you think needs help, the Samaritans can help. On this page, they’ve got a list of resources to help if you’re worried about your mental health.
Supporting children’s and young people’s mental health, Young Minds helps support young people, empowering them where possible. They’ve got a lot of useful articles including one on what to do if you’re anxious about Covid-19.
Student Space helps students find the support they need during the Covid-19 pandemic. On their website, you can explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help with the challenges of student life at this time.
Student Space have also written a range of articles to help you think about and prepare for the Christmas break, which you can find here.
iCope provide free, confidential help for problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. They’ve listed some useful advice and suggestions to deal with Covid-19.
Good Thinking provides digital mental wellbeing support for London. This includes free NHS-approved apps to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and poor sleep. They are regularly adding new resources so it's worth checking back to see what’s new.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what they say about looking after your mental health during the winter stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Muslim Youth Helpline
MYH have a lot of help and advice during this difficult time. Although aimed at the muslim youth, their content is applicable to all as there are a number of good articles around mental health and wellbeing.
Useful apps to support mental health
The free WellMind app from the NHS that provides advice and tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing. The app allows you to monitor moods, get crisis help and use relaxation audio tracks.
Developed by Expert Self Care, the Student Health App provides easy access to a wealth of information on mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health and other subjects. This app provides information tailored to UCL students.
Helping with mindfulness, Headspace guides you through exercises, activities and meditation to help you get happier and healthier. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Just a few minutes a day might make all the difference for you.