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Managing your mental health

In the same way that we all experience fluctuating physical health, any one of us can experience a mental health difficulty at any point in our lives. These difficulties may be short-lasting and resolve with lifestyle changes and support from friends and family. Students living with more enduring mental health difficulties are likely to require additional support, including reasonable adjustments to study. Whatever your need, the Mental Health Team are eager to ensure that students with mental health difficulties receive advice, information and support to facilitate academic work and participation in University life.

Wellbeing, Happiness and Stress Reduction

5 Steps for Mental Wellbeing
Professor Sarah Stewart Brown, professor of public health at Warwick, discusses mental wellbeing and the five steps you can take to improve your own mental health.

Assess your own wellbeing using WEMWBS - the Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale.

Being active is an important component of these five steps. Warwick Sport offer specific stress busting activities to help boost your wellbeing.

10 Keys for Happier Living
Everyone's path to happiness is different; Action for Happiness reviewed the latest research and found 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make people's lives happier and more fulfilling.

How to Make Stress Your Friend
Dr Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive phenomenon, introducing us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress
Dr Mike Evans discusses how to manage the stress in your life.

Depression

Depression is common worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected (World Health Organisation, 2012). Winston Churchill first popularized the phrase "Black Dog" to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, someone who has experienced depression himself, provides a moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have the Black Dog of depression as a companion. This video shows how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

Websites

Mindfulness for Students includes tips and audio to help you to stay calm, focused and manage the pressures of student life.

Time to Change
Mental health problems are common, but nearly 9 out of 10 people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves.

We support Time to Change, which is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Find out how you can get involved in the campaign.

Students Against Depression
A site developed in consultation with students; many of their stories and suggestions are included.

Rethink
A national mental health charity who directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.

Get Self Help
Comprehensive resource with a wealth of self-help materials.