Looking after your Mental Health

With alternative assessments in full swing, many of you may have plans for long hours of revisions or all-nighters to complete an important assignment, but please remember to look after your wellbeing too!

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is ‘Kindness’ so we have put this article together to let you know that there is support out there for you during these difficult times.

Typically, after an exam or deadline, you’d probably head out to celebrate or relax with your friends. Right now, unless you are living together, that just isn’t possible. However, the last thing we want is for you to be feeling alone through all of this.

Here are some great ways you can stay in touch with other students, or find the help you need if you're struggling with loneliness or wider mental health:

Royal Hideaway: We’ve created this group as a way for us all to stay connected with one another during this testing time. Invite your friends, share your ideas, and let’s battle this situation together. From live workouts and craft sessions to simple conversation, this group is for everyone!

Coronavirus Hub: Packed full of useful information, support services, and where to go for help. This link takes you straight to the Mental Health section but you can find information all about Housing and Academic advice during this time too.

Tea with Hall Life: Every Wednesday, you can join Hall Life on Zoom from 3-4pm for afternoon tea and a friendly chat.

Events: Our venues may be closed due to Covid-19 but that isn't stopping us from providing a variety of events to keep you occupied during lockdown.

The College's Wellbeing team are also hosting a week of activities and events for Mental Health Awareness Week. You can check them out here.

We're here for you

We know that these times are challenging. if you’re experiencing any difficulties that are impacting your ability to fully engage with your studies, our Advice Centre is here to help you.

We understand that asking for help is not easy, and making appointments to see an advisor can be quite a daunting experience. You’ll be happy to know that you can receive advice in many ways even during this period away from campus. You can drop us an email to the Advice Centre any time and ask for email advice, a telephone appointment, or a virtual appointment. All questions are welcome, as our Advisors can help you with anything from coping with exam stress to submitting an extenuating circumstances application – this service is completely free and confidential!

The last date to submit an extenuating circumstances application is midday on Thursday 18 June, so please do get in touch with us if you have any concerns.

In conclusion

It’s okay to not be okay – and we’re always here to support you! We all handle the stresses of university life differently, so make sure that you take some time in between your revision sessions to look after your own wellbeing.

The Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a phone appointment.