Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. There are multiple reasons that people may self-harm. Learn more here.



Eating difficulties and body image

Body image is the subjective sense we have of our appearance and our body. Unlike what others see when they look at us, our body image is often different from the objective size and shape of our body. It is common for people to feel dissatisfied with their body image, and this can affect one's self worth. In some cases, this can lead to mental health issues including a difficult relationship with food and eating. (National Centre for Eating Disorders, 2018)


Student Services provides support for students with eating disorders or a difficult relationship with food. You can phone 01334 462020, email, or book an appointment with a Life & Wellbeing Adviser through the online booking system.



Signs you might be struggling to cope

You can’t really generalise how struggling to cope can make you feel or act, but if you think these symptoms sound like you or someone you know, get in touch with someone. 

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Feeling tearful
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

(Samaritans UK, 2018)



Feeling suicidal?

If you're feeling suicidal, it can be helpful to talk to someone.