This page offers advice and guidance to students on managing wellbeing whilst studying here at Aberystwyth University.
Wellbeing has a huge influence on your ability to reach your full potential both socially, emotionally and academically. Therefore, ensuring you look after your wellbeing effectively whilst studying is imperative to overall success.
University life can be hard and is it most definitely not without its challenges. Moving away from home, building new friendships and the progression in to more independent learning can all cause even the most resilient of people to struggle. However, having skills and strategies in place to manage life’s challenges, building resilience to help support you through difficult times whilst at university and knowing where to access further support when you need it can all help in ensuring you get the most out of your university experience.
The Student Wellbeing Service does not offer an emergency service or crisis support
If you or someone else is feeling actively suicidal or have concerns for your own or someone else’s immediate safety please contact:
- Your local GP for an urgent mental health appointment
- NHS Direct Wales: 0845 46 47
- Attend Local Accident and Emergency Department to see the Crisis Team:
- Dial 999
- Samaritans: Tel 116 123 (24 hrs a day, 7 days a week), Welsh Language Line 0300 123 3011 (7pm- 11pm only, 7 days a week), email email@example.com.
What is an emergency/crisis situation?
A situation where an individual is in immediate risk of harm to themselves or someone else.
E.g. talking about plans to take their own life, harm themselves or harm others.
The Student Wellbeing Service
The aim of the Student Wellbeing Service is to ensure that health and wellbeing are integral to everyday life for Aberystwyth students. We work with students using solution-focused techniques to build resilience and develop a toolkit of skills to help effectively manage wellbeing issues relating to university life and beyond.
- Student Wellbeing Service Support
We have a range of support options to help you gain the most appropriate level of support.
- Electronic Resources & Self-Help Material
We can advise a range of helpful video presentations, website links and useful apps, to help you gain knowledge & skills to take control of your issues.
- Wellbeing Presentations
We offer a range of evidenced based presentations, developed and delivered by our qualified practitioners, and you can gain details and book on our webpages
- Registering with our Service
You can complete one of our online forms to register with our service or to raise concerns about a student. Our forms are available 24/7. One of our Wellbeing practitioners will aim to respond the next working day (please be aware this may be longer within busy times).
- Primary Appointment
We offer daily, Mon-Fri. 20 minute appointments with one of our practitioners, to explore your concerns and formulate an action plan. Completing our online registration form prior to attendance will aid the discussion. Please contact us to book a slot or attend the Student Welcome Centre Reception to arrange a time.
- Email or Telephone
You can also raise a concern or inquire about support options by telephoning or emailing our service and one of our practitioners will get back to you (please be aware there may be a delay within busy times).
- Action Plan
It may be that self-help information and gaining support from other university services or departments may be enough to meet your needs, or it may be that specialist external services are more appropriate. One of our qualified Counsellors or Mental Health Specialists will work with you to identify your most appropriate support options.
- Further Support
If further support through our service is advised then we can offer short term support for university related issues with one of our Counsellors or Specialist Mental Health practitioners. Our Service does not duplicate statutory services but facilitate support pathways to appropriate statutory services where necessary. Longer-term support, Specialist Mental Health Mentoring. May be available to students recommended it through Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). For details of DSA eligibility, please contact the Accessibility Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having the skills and knowledge to handle difficult situations as they arise will ultimately support you to make the most out of your university experience and help you to reach your potential both socially, emotionally and academically.
The Student Wellbeing Service offer educational presentations based on research findings covering a wide range of topics related to student wellbeing, such as;
- Anxiety and Panic
- Managing Change Well
- Regulating Emotions
- Mindful Mood Boost
- Preparing for Exams
- Low mood and Depression
- Friendships and Uni
- Lifestyles at Uni
- Resilience Skill Trainng
- Suicide Prevention Training
You are not required to disclose your concerns or take part in activities unless you wish to. We may ask you to write some things down privately or consider how a topic affects you personally, however there is no expectation for you to share this information. We do recommend that the more you put in the more you will take away.
The Wellbeing Service have developed a range of Panopto Presentations that offer skills and strategies in managing a number of common university-related challenges.
- Managing Transitions
Learn about the Model of Change and how to effectively manage personal change through any transition, along with where to access the most appropriate support
Understand the different lifestyle categories and how your lifestyle choices impact upon your Wellbeing
- Diet and Body Mass Index
Learn skills in managing your diet and regulating blood sugar levels to help with increasing your productivity, health and happiness.
Sleep is essential if we want to function at our best. Learn 11 strategies to support your sleep.
- Managing Academic Workload
A short presentation on how you can manage your academic workload through improving skills in time management, prioritising tasks and managing your wellbeing
- Managing Presentation Anxiety
Learn about anxiety and how to manage presentation anxiety
- Procrastination and Avoidance
A short presentation on managing procrastination and avoidance habits to enable you to reach your academic potential and manage your wellbeing
In addition to accessing support from the Student Wellbeing Service, some students may find it useful to access self-help material themselves. There is a wealth of resources available online, through books and apps that can all help support wellbeing.
|App Name||App Icon||What are they?||Cost?|
|Big White Wall||Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists||Free|
|BlueIce||BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.
It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.
|Catch It||Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.||Free
With in-app purchases
|Feeling Good||Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mind-set.||Free|
|SilverCloud||SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.||Free|
|Student Health App||The Student Health App provides easy access to more than 900 pages of reliable health information all in one place. The content has been created for university students by NHS doctors and is regularly updated.
Use the app to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.
With in-app purchases
- IAWN – Information, Awareness and Wellbeing Now NHS
- NHS self-help therapies
- Get Self Help
- Computerised CBT
116123 - Free to call
Service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- SHOUT – Crisis Text Line
Telephone: 0800 068 41 41
Text SHOUT to 85258
- Accident and Emergency Department
Bronglais General Hospital
Hospital Switchboard: 01970 623131
See your GP for a book perscription – professionally reccomended books specifically for mental health
Big White Wall
Aberystwyth students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or not coping, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.
The service provides 24/7 online peer and professional support. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Big White Wall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!
Most members report feeling better and more able to cope with university life as a result of using the service and nearly 90% use Big White Wall outside of 9-5pm. You can get support on the service at any time of the day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
To join Big White Wall’s supportive online community, simply go to bigwhitewall.com and sign up with your university email address. You then choose an anonymous username for your time on the wall.