Managing Depressive Feelings
This week’s theme is around low mood and how to tackle it.
January can be a dark time of year: literally, the days are short and the weather in the UK is often not great. Currently we’re entering another national lockdown so there are lots of restrictions on what we can do. This can all lead to a drop in mood. However, the good news is that there are still things we can do to beat the January blues.
New Year is often the time when we make resolutions. If you do, please make realistic ones. It can be very demotivating to set yourself a target which only a superhuman can achieve! The charity Mental Health Foundation have a campaign this year about setting a theme for yourself. Self-care and self-compassion are good areas to focus on.
If you are feeling low then the NHS website (every mind matters, low mood) has some great ideas and tips on how to tackle it. We have tips on ‘Managing Negative Thoughts’ and ‘Managing Low Mood’ and more information on depression in our self help resources.
At wellbeing Support we have a Masterclass which gives more tips and strategies on how to cope. We also have a skills session called ‘Boost Your Mood’ running on 22nd January. Book your place via our website.
If you would like to speak to someone at Wellbeing about this or anything else that you would like some advice on, please access the Wellbeing Portal where you can join a virtual queue for a brief consultation with an adviser, Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.
Spring Term 2021
The videos below will provide support for all students sharing strategies and tips you can use to improve your wellbeing:
- UG students - watch a short 10 minute introduction to Wellbeing Support Services with tips on feeling good and functioning well
- Postgraduate Taught students - watch a 15 minute introduction to Wellbeing Support Services with tips on managing stress.
- Postgraduate Research students - watch a short 10 minute introduction to Wellbeing Support Services with tips on work, life balance
- New International students - how to manage your wellbeing before you arrive at Warwick and how to manage your wellbeing on arrival at Warwick
We can offer you support in a variety of ways:
- Self-help resources
- Masterclasses and Specialist student skills sessions
- One-to-one appointments - please visit the Wellbeing Portal to access via our brief consultations
- Psychological interventions - please visit the Wellbeing Portal to access via our brief consultations
- Email therapy
- Therapy groups
- Specialist one to one disability support
Our teams are ready to work with you:
The Wellbeing Support Team offers practical advice and emotional support for your wellbeing and help accessing other services.
The Disability Team offers support to manage the impact of a disability, including specific learning differences, mental health, autism spectrum and long term medical conditions.
The Counselling and Psychology Interventions Team (CAPIT) offers a range of therapeutic interventions for students experiencing emotional or psychological issues.
We will work with you to enable you to thrive
Wellbeing Support Services provide a range of services that can help you to develop the personal resources and skills you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of student life.
We will support you in a number of ways
Practical support with:
- Accommodation (including accessible accommodation)
- Sexual misconduct
- Time out from study
- Disabled Student Allowances
- Liaising with departments
- Reasonable adjustments
- Specialist study skills and mentoring
- And anything else that’s troubling you
Emotional support for a wide range of issues:
- Depression or low mood
- Disordered eating
- Gender identify and self-identity
- Motivation and procrastination
- Sexual abuse
- Substance misuse
- Suicidal ideation
- And other difficulties
For any of these issues, we are able to respond quickly to you by offering a brief consultation with one of our Wellbeing Support Services team to help you identify your needs. These brief consultations are available each week day - Monday to Friday - between 10am and 3pm - for full details, contact Wellbeing Support Services via the Wellbeing Portal.
Get in touch
Students, please contact us via the Wellbeing Portal
024 7657 5570
We are here (Senate House, ground floor)
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm (Friday until 4pm)
Brief consultations - Monday to Friday 10am-3pm