All students | USW Update | Tuesday 19 May

Keeping people safe, keeping learning going 


Mental Health Awareness Week 

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to find out more about mental health issues, to think about our own mental health and how we can help each other.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness, and runs from 18 – 24 May. The focus on kindness is a response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is having a big impact on people's mental health.


Look after your mental wellbeing

We recognise that this is a difficult and unsettling time for everyone, creating uncertainty and worry which can affect mental health. The Wellbeing Service have brought together a selection of some of the many online resources available to help you stay connected, healthy and engaged.

Try to strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety. You could work through your to-do list or read a book you'd been meaning to get to. Finding an hour or two a day to take a break from social media can be a helpful way of escaping from news about the pandemic, which may be having an impact on your emotional wellbeing.

The Library Service have put together their Top 10 Feel Good Films and have expanded their e-book selection by 180,000 titles!



For many students' traditional exams have been replaced with assignments or online exams. This can be a pressured time for students, but there is plenty of support, advice and resources on hand to help you stay calm and effective.

It’s important to take care of your mental and physical health to be able to do your best. Plan a sensible work schedule and balance your work with eating well, exercising and relaxation.


Stay physically fit and healthy

Most of us are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise: weight control, increased energy, and improved physical fitness. But exercise can also improve mental health, and potentially even alleviate or prevent depression.

Getting more active each day– even a small change – can boost your morale, giving you a sense of achievement and help you feel better in yourself. During lockdown, several organisations have set up online workout classes that you can join from the comfort of your home.


Fika: The 5 minute emotional workout app

Fika is a "5 minute emotional workout app" designed to help you overcome nervousness, manage anxiety and beat stress by boosting your confidence, helping you build solid relationships and getting you better prepared to face whatever life throws at you.

This Thursday (21 May), the Fika App are hosting a masterclass for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: The Science of Kindness with Dr Fran Longstaff.

Sign up with your university email for a mental fitness masterclass on the physical and psychological benefits of kindness.


Support Services

All of our Support Services can be contacted via Advice Zone Online and queries will be responded to between the usual opening hours of 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Support for students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress is available from the University’s Mental Health and Counselling Services. 30 Minute Wellbeing Advice Telephone and Skype appointments are available and can be booked via Advice Zone Online. Please include your mobile number or Skype address in the notes section of the online booking form.


Useful Resources

Wellbeing Services – Self Help Resources

Wellbeing Services - Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation

Student Minds




New public health advice issued 

New public health advice has been issued which now asks all individuals to self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough, or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked. The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for seven days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. You can find the latest advice and guidance on the website.