See a range of resources and information to help take care of your wellbeing. Also find out who to contact if you need help.
Symptoms and self-isolating
Looking after yourself
If you’re feeling worried or anxious due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, some of the following things may help.
Keep up to date with accurate information on the Student Hub.
Our programme of online events will keep you in contact with fellow students and help keep you entertained or learning something new during your self-isolation. You can see our calendar of October events [PDF, 614KB] and information about our online drop-ins [PDF, 53KB].
Catching up on recent webinars
On Wednesday 21 October, the University hosted a Q&A on Zoom that allowed students to pose questions to Dr Katie Cuming, Public Health Consultant in Brighton & Hove about how the city council is responding to Covid-19, and supporting and informing students on Covid-19 issues. View a recording of the webinar below:
Important: All team sports are temporarily on hold. We will let students know when they are back up and running. In the meantime please continue to get involved in Sussexsport online and check their website for other ways of using Sussexsport facilities and services.
Sussexsport is your sports service, including two on-campus gyms, group exercise classes and courses, sports halls, tennis courts and pitches, with a selection of great value memberships for Sussex students.
They also offer a casual programme of social sports called Active US, with activities designed to be social, fun and open to all.
Our two on-campus gyms are open from Tuesday 1 September. There’s also lots of opportunities for fitness, sport and wellbeing with our virtual classes.
Find the latest Sussexsport updates.
Visit the Students' Union events listings for online activities you might want to try out – there’s something for everyone.
The Sussex SU Community Peer Support Group is a Facebook group designed to connect Sussex students. It hosts virtual coffee mornings, crafting sessions and more.
Mental and emotional health
Take care of your mental and physical health and seek support if needed.
Sources of support and information
There are lots of ways we can look after ourselves while following government guidance. This includes having a regular routine, taking exercise, staying in touch with other people and keeping mentally active.
Here are some useful resources:
- Student Space – making it easier to find the support you need during coronavirus
- University of Sussex Health and Wellbeing: Good mental and emotional health
- MIND: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Student Minds: Coronavirus resources
- Action For Happiness: how to keep mentally healthy in uncertain times
- Forest app – an environmental app that helps you stay focused on work and study.
Talking to Samaritans
Online services and apps
- 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, 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.
You can download a variety of self-help guides produced by the NHS to explain mental health and wellbeing issues.
Online mindfulness sessions
Our Chaplaincy service is recording and sharing free online mindfulness meditation sessions.
Help and support
The Student Life Centre, Student Support Unit, University Counselling Service and International Student Support are providing virtual drop-ins and bookable appointments – don’t hesitate to contact them.
Counselling Services are running alcohol and substance misuse virtual drop-ins as well as virtual and in-person psycho-educational and therapy groups. These cover topics including low mood, anxiety, depression, adjusting to change and how to manage worry. You can view more information and how to book on to a course.
Students facing financial hardship can apply for the Hardship Fund. This fund is often used for essential needs such as rent, food, fuel and clothing, however the money can be used for whatever the student wishes and there are no stipulations around what that should be.
New undergraduate students with a household income of less than £25,000 will also be eligible for the Sussex Bursary.
See our Money and funding pages for advice on managing your finances during your time at Sussex.
Accessing medical help
If you have the symptoms of Covid-19, go through the questions on the NHS 111 website and follow any instructions.
The Health Centre on campus is open. Instead of walk-in clinics, however, it is running telephone consultations with a doctor or nurse. Call 01273 249049.
If you need medical help from your doctor’s surgery, contact them either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed in the first instance.
If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111.
If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999.
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 Beatty Avenue. Check emergency prescription 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. If you’re registered with the online prescription service at the University Health Centre and wish to change your current registered pharmacy, you’ll need to change your destination pharmacy.
The following pharmacies in Brighton offer a free delivery service for prescriptions:
The dentist on campus is still open. Call 01273 605555 for advice or an emergency appointment.