If you need immediate help, please call the Samaritans on 116 123. If you are at risk to yourself or others, please call 999 or get someone to take you to your nearest A&E department.
The World Health Organisation: ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. Mental health is ‘... the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others’ dignity and worth’. (Health education Authority. Mental health promotion: a quality framework. London: Health Education Authority;1997).
Several additional factors are likely to contribute to someone’s mental health and their experience of recovery. These factors include:
Signs include: Being overconfident, being very talkative, risk taking behaviour and increased energy.
General symptoms of anxiety include heart palpitations, chest pain, hyperventilation, dizziness, headache, sweating, nausea, restlessness Some behavioral effects include avoiding social situations, compulsive behavior and showing signs of phobic behavior.
Some people suffering from anxiety can also have panic attacks, this is where there is a sudden onset of intense fear. Panic attacks can begin and develop suddenly causing dizziness, hyperventilating and experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.
Some symptoms include depression, anxiety, suspiciousness, lacking concentration, disturbed sleep, reduced ability carrying out work or social roles.
As part of her role, Katy Baker, VP-Welfare, is carrying out drop-in sessions to signpost students to services within the University or external services if necessary. Please see the times below:
Wednesdays, 10:30-12:30 in the Engine Shed
Thursdays, 10:30-12:30 in the Learning Hub
It is important to register with a doctor's surgery while you are at University and you can still be a temporary at your original surgery if you are moving away from home. Here on Waterside Campus, there is a doctor's surgery on campus with 6 doctors working on a rota basis and nurses who can also prescribe if necessary. Waterside Health Centre welcomes both international and home students and offers the following additional services: sexual health support, contraception, smoking help, pregnancy support, asthma reviews and travel advice.
When you register with the doctor's surgery, you NEED to have a proof of address.
On Thursday 28th November the University services and Students’ Union are coming together and putting on a Tea and Talk. This event is known nationally for people gathering together and talking about mental health. As well as the Mental Health First Aiders being on hand to help, different organisations from around Northamptonshire will be there promoting their services and reaching out.
The Students’ Union are going to have a stall there to promote our Sports Clubs and Societies because being part of a group and sharing common interests can reduce loneliness and isolation. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that students who join a group make close friendships with others and this is vital when joining University especially if you do not know anyone to begin with.
Katy (VP Welfare) and Ryan ( VP Union Development) will be there to be on the stall and to support students and staff as Mental Health First Aiders.
Katy (VP Welfare), Ryan (VP Union Development) and Gemma (President) are Mental Health First Aiders. We have all done our 2 day training and have gained valuable knowledge, techniques and ways of guiding someone so they feel safe. We are also aware of key numbers and organisations who can support you if you are feeling vulnerable or if it’s out of hours.
The Students’ Union is open to students all week and we are happy for students to come and see us.