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Student life is a balancing act and it is important to have a strategy for managing pressure.  It is important that you identify the cause of the problem, break it down into manageable chunks and locate the right support to enable you to deal with the problem. 

Study Skills

For advice and support to help you improve your academic writing and study strategy skills make an appointment with a study skills advisor.  

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Studies have proven that there is a link between regular exercise to help mitigate the effects of mild to moderate depression and anxiety.  More widely, exercise can be used by all as a preventative means of ensuring balanced mental wellbeing.  The Centre for Sport and Recreation provide facilities to follow a healthy and active lifestyle.

Money

For advice and assistance if you are experiencing financial difficulty please contact the Student Financial Support Team.

If you require independent advice on finances you can visit the following websites:

Sleep

Most people require on average 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night, however, during stressful times, such as during exams, losing a night’s sleep will not cause any lasting damage.  Once the pressure is off, most people return to a normal sleep pattern.  However, some people develop more lasting problems.  For more advice see the Wellbeing page.

Student Business

For information on a range of matters relating to student business, including absence, personal circumstances and appeals visit the SEES Lifecycle page for guidance. Remember there are many departments within the University that can help you.

For helpful exam tips and an overview of personal circumstances and appeals visit our Guide to Stress Free Exams, Personal Circumstances and Academic Appeals . You can access information and advice on a number of matters  including academic and immigration through the International Student Support Team , McCance Building. They offer  general over-the-counter information; specialised drop-in sessions or, in some cases, a one-to-one appointment with an Adviser.

The Advice Hub is  located on Level 5 (access via Level 6) of the Union. It is  the Union’s free independent advice and support centre which can assist you with any personal, financial and academic problems, as well as helping with stress and any queries you may have in a confidential manner. Contact by email, call  on 0141 567 5040 or pop in.

You can also speak to Student Health or your GP for advice and support and to help you with any issues you may be experiencing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is important to remember that it is natural to feel happy when something positive happens to you, to feel sad or angry when a bad event occurs, or scared and anxious if you are dealing with something worrying.  Part of ensuring good mental health and wellbeing is recognising that it is natural to feel different emotions, but also knowing when you perhaps need some help in dealing with life events and mental health conditions.

If you are missing home or some aspects of it or would like to meet felow/likeminded students visit Lonely or homesick? for advice on who can help.

Also remember you can visit our '6 Tips to a Happier, Healthier You' page for advice on how to look after yourself.

There is a confidential counselling  service for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde, available at any time during your university career. Please telephone the office on 0141 548 3510 to arrange an appointment. If for any reason you are unable to do this and you would like to see someone, you can send them an email -  student-counselling@strath.ac.uk advising  of your availability over the next two weeks, or visit their website. 

Mental health and wellbeing is a gateway to Scottish-focused information on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing such as:

•Stress Management

•Helping Yourself and Accessing Help

•Worried About Someone.

NHS Living Life is a telephone support service based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. NHS Living Life Guided Self Help is available to anyone over the age of 16 suffering low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. Call 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm-9pm) to make an appointment.

If you need immediate help for your low mood or if you are actively suicidal please consider some of the following sources of support.

  • Your GP
  • Go to the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital.
  • The Samaritans – Tel. 08457 90 90 90
  • NHS24 - Tel 111
  • Speak to a friend, family member or someone else that you trust.