All of us suffer from poor mental health at times, and the stresses of being at university and surrounded by new people can be a trigger for many people.
AUBSU are dedicated to providing help and support to students who may be suffering from poor mental health. All of AUBSU's staff and Sabbatical Officers have completed training with MHFA England, and are certified Mental Health First Aid Champions. We want AUB to be a place where students and staff feel comfortable about discussing their mental health, and we try to encourage this by regularly running events and awareness campaigns on campus educating students and staff about mental health, the services available here at AUB, and the small things we can all do to help our own, and others', mental health.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed, then do get in touch with the Student Services team here at AUB, who offer free counseling. You can also self-refer yourself to the Steps to Wellbeing team, a Dorset-based NHS service who offer counseling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), advice, and wellbeing sessions. Due to the long waiting list at Steps to Wellbeing, there are also many private counselors in the Bournemouth area who may be able to see you quicker. Private counselors often charge by the hour, but there are many who offer discounted rates to students or those who have low income. Click here to view a list of certified counselors in the area.
MEETING WITH YOUR DOCTOR
You can also book an appointment with your GP to discuss your options and to put together a treatment plan to help you with any mental health issues. Your doctor can talk you through the services available for free on the NHS and can advise about medications to help get you back on track. If this is your first time speaking to your doctor about your mental health, the Docready website is a great tool that helps you to put together a checklist of worries and things to mention to your doctor so that you get the most out of your appointment.
Self-care sounds fluffy and straight-forward, but it is an important part of maintaining good mental health. It is important to remember that, despite what Instagram may tell us, self-care isn't always just about facemasks and LUSH bath bombs; going to bed early, having a shower, eating a good hot meal, and even cutting a negative person out of your life are all valid forms of self-care. Check out our The Small Things Matter campaign for more self-care tips and snippets of advice.