mental health

Mental Health

If your physical safety is in danger or you need medical assistance, please call 999. If you need to speak to someone in Student Services after the office is closed, you can call Out of Hours on 01334 476161 and ask for the warden on duty. If you live in halls, you can contact your own hall's duty warden.

We all have mental health. "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood." (Definition from mentalhealth.gov) Mental health problems are very common, and there is no shame in seeking help for dealing with them. Many of our student groups here at St Andrews, including the Wellbeing Committee, work hard to reduce the stigma associatied with mental health difficulties and help you feel comfortable talking about these topics.

Find out your good mental health score from the Mental Health Foundation.

 

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Support Resources

St Andrews

  • Student Services - 01334 462020, book online, email theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk, or stop by the ASC
    • Acting as the first port of call for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Student Services offers a range of services and can be approached with any question, concern, worry or suggestion. The “ASC” or Advice and Support Centre on North Street acts as the front door to Student Services, giving information on any student matter.
    • Student Services hold weekly Wellbeing Workshops throughout the semester to provide students with the knowledge and information to be able to help themselves and others. Through presentations, small group discussions, individual and group exercises you will have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills and strategies.
    • Student Services also offers Mindfulness Mondays every week at 5pm in Eden Court. You can drop in, and they're free! 
  • St Andrews Nightline - 01334 46 2266, instant messenger, or nightline@st-andrews.ac.uk
    • Nightline is a student-run, confidential and anonymous listening and information service. Their aim is to provide a safe space for students to speak about anything on their mind in a non-directive, judgment-free environment. Listening volunteers are available by phone, IM and email every night that halls are open, except over the university’s summer holidays. IM services are available from 8pm to 12am, and phone and email are open from 8pm to 7am every night.
  • StAnd Together Peer Support Network - peersupport@st-andrews.ac.uk
    • The Peer Support Network is a one-to-one meet-up service open to any student looking for a little extra company and support during their time at St Andrews. The network is made up of student volunteers trained in listening skills. They are available for a coffee and a chat, or to accompany students to events or society activities. Meet-ups are commonly once a week for an hour or so, but can be tailored to your individual circumstanc
  • The Chaplaincy - 01334 (46)2866 or (46)2492, or chaplaincy@st-andrews.ac.uk
    • ‌The Chaplaincy team offer pastoral care for any student, regardless of faith or philosophy of life. This could be a sympathetic, confidential listening ear, support in emotional issues, a safe place to explore questions of faith or sexuality, someone to talk to in a crisis, or support when all else fails.

National

  • Samaritans - 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org
    • Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
  • Mind, the mental health charity
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Student Minds - The UK's student mental health charity
  • Rehab 4 Alcoholism - 0800 111 4108
    • a free and impartial helpline for people troubled with drug and alcohol issues.  Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late.

 

 

Self-harm

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)

Resources:

Student Services provides support for students with eating disorders or a difficult relationship with food. You can phone 01334 462020, email theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk, 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)

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Feeling suicidal?

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