There are lots of reasons why Christmas may not be a happy time for everyone, and it can be especially difficult for those who are away from family and friends and feel lonely or isolated. Remember that feelings of loneliness at University during Christmas are completely normal. If you do find yourself feeling despair, there’s support available. If you experience thoughts of harming yourself, you can call Papyrus on 0800 068 4141, or Samaritans on 116 123, for confidential advice and support.
As part of the University Suicide Prevention and Response Plan, it’s important that we start by tackling the stigma surrounding suicide. The Samaritans have produced a helpful guide on understanding the myths about suicide, and we encourage our students to read it to gain a deeper knowledge of how we can all approach suicide prevention.
Throughout Christmas, if you need a friendly chat about how you’re feeling, you can call the 24-hour Student Wellbeing Support Line on 0800 970 5020. You can also access our SilverCloud and Togetherall online support programmes.
Some helpful self-care tips if you're feeling lonely or sad at Christmas:
Study and Wellbeing Intervention Manager
Will is the Study and Wellbeing Intervention Manager within our Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS). His role oversees application of the Study and Wellbeing Intervention Policy, and he aims to support students during their studies when it appears they are having difficulties with their health and wellbeing. Will works to create collaborative relationships between SWIS and academic departments, to ensure students are achieving their best in their studies and their wellbeing.