Looking after your wellbeing

Everyone is adjusting to new ways of living and working, which can cause worry and anxiety. See a range of information, guidance and support to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Looking after yourself

We understand many of you might be feeling worried or anxious at the moment, due to the Coronavirus situation.

Some of the following things may help you. Although it is normal to feel worried or anxious when there is uncertainty, there are things you can try which can help our wellbeing.

Stay informed

It can be helpful to keep up to date with accurate information about the current situation, but it’s important to make sure that information comes from reliable sources.

If news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while; you could try only checking the news or social media at certain times of the day.

Mental and emotional health during self-isolation

Take care of your mental as well as physical health and seek support if needed.

Keep in touch with family and friends over the phone and on social media.

Sources of support and information

You might find the linked materials produced by Dr Dominque Thompson helpful.

She’s one of the UK’s leading experts on student and young people’s mental health and is a Clinical Advisor for the Royal College of GPs and Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity.

Read her blog about coping with coronavirus anxiety and also her student survival guide to self-isolation. She has even written about emerging from isolation – it helps to remember this won’t last for ever.

Additionally, Dr Dominique took part in a video chat where she talks about how to stay well in the current climate.

If you’d like to see her regular short videos and more top tips on wellbeing, follow #DomIn60seconds on Twitter, Instagram and via her YouTube channel.

There are lots of other ways we can look after ourselves while following government guidance. This includes having a regular routine, taking exercise, staying in touch other people and keeping mentally active.

Here are some useful resources:

Talking to Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity you can call to talk to someone about anything troubling you. There’s no judgment and no pressure. You can call Samaritans free on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

Watch a Samaritans video on YouTube (open video in new tab).

Online services and apps

  • Silvercloud – an online self-help application, provided through the Sussex counselling service. Delivered online, these computer-based therapeutic programmes aim to offer information and self-help support for students and staff experiencing problems.
  • MindShift app – MindShift™ CBT is a free app that uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.
  • WellMind app – WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.
  • In Hand app – In Hand is a free app that acts as a digital friend to help you in times of stress or low mood. Taking you through different activities depending on how you're feeling, In Hand aims to focus you on where you're at and bring back the balance.
  • Stay Alive app – This free app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide

Accessing self-help guides

Students can access an online suite of Sussex branded self-help guides, which are produced by the NHS and address a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can view the full set of online guides here.

Low Mood Management group

The Counselling Service is running a new Low Mood Management group via Zoom. It is a safe space for students experiencing low mood, depression or loss of motivation, routine or enjoyment to learn evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness strategies to help you get back on track.

Sessions will take place weekly starting on Wednesday 10 June, 2pm to 3.30pm, over 6 weeks. Numbers are limited so if you would like to book please contact counsellingreception@sussex.ac.uk. For further information visit the Counselling Service workshops page.

Online mindfulness sessions

Our Chaplaincy service is recording and sharing free online mindfulness meditation sessions.

Sussexsport

All students can take part in free online exercise classes provided by Sussexsport (you don’t have to be a member of Sussexsport to take part) – so you can stay in, work out.

You can find information on the Sussexsport webpages.

Students’ Union virtual events

USSU has created a huge list of virtual events, happening daily. From live-streamed classes to pub quizzes, there’s something for everyone. Find out more.

Sussex SU Community Peer Support Group – a Facebook group designed to connect Sussex students and create a space to have fun, take part in virtual events and experience some light relief from the current Coronavirus pandemic. The group will be hosting virtual events put on by the SU as well as students and societies, such as live workouts, cook-alongs, crafting sessions, coffee mornings and more.

Help and support

At the present time, the Student Life Centre, Student Support Unit, University Counselling Services and International Student Support are providing online services if you need support – don’t hesitate to contact them.

Find out how to contact our support services.

Accessing pharmacies

The doctor’s surgery and dentist are continuing to provide a remote phone-based service to students.

Important: The University Pharmacy is closed until further notice – but alternative services are available.

The nearest pharmacy to the campus is the Coldean Pharmacy, just off Coldean Lane in Beaty Avenue. See information on emergency prescriptions and pharmacy services over holidays or out of hours and pharmacies close to the University.

If you normally collect your prescriptions from the University pharmacy you will be able to collect them from an alternative service. Students who are registered with the online prescription service at the University Health Centre and wish to change their current registered pharmacy and will need to change their destination pharmacy.

Some pharmacies in Brighton also offer a delivery service for prescriptions. Below are links to pharmacies that can offer free prescription delivery services:

For delivery details, contact the doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and dentis for up-to-date information; see the living on campus page.

Dental services

The Chief Dental Officer has said routine dentistry and orthodontic treatment should no longer be provided and deferred until advised otherwise.

All practices are establishing (independently or by collaboration with others) a remote urgent care service, providing telephone triage for patients with urgent needs during usual working hours, and whenever possible treating with:

  • advice
  • analgesia (pain relief)
  • antimicrobial means, where appropriate.

Emergency dental treatment

If you need emergency treatment, contact the Emergency Dental Service on 03001 231663 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).

iDental Care Limited offers emergency NHS out of hours dental service. Call: 03000 242548 (5.30pm-10.30pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm weekends). Outside of practice hours you can also call NHS 111.

Your GP may be able to provide support, such as prescribing antibiotics for an infection.

See information and updates on dental services in Brighton & Hove.