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Wellbeing support

As well as Student Support Services offering Stress Control, Café Connect and Wellbeing Drop Ins on campus, there are a number of other services and organisations out there which support your wellbeing and help with mental and emotional challenges. Take a look below at a variety of helplines, apps, websites and community groups.

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Big White Wall

In addition to the range of wellbeing services available at the University, we have also partnered with Big White Wall to provide Stirling students with access to 24/7 online support. Big White Wall is a digital mental health support service which is completely anonymous – so you can express yourself freely and openly. Features include:

  • Professionally trained Wall Guides monitoring the community
  • A wealth of useful resources and tailored self-help courses
  • The ability to form your own groups or one-to-one chats

Find out more and join the Big White Wall community.

Important note: please see Big White Wall's privacy statement for information on how your personal information is kept secure while you are on the site. The University of Stirling is not informed by Big White Wall that you've signed up for the service or told about your activity on the site unless they are seriously concerned about your safety.

Stress Control sessions

Student Support Services in partnership with the Students’ Union and Faculties are now offering free Stress Control sessions.

What?

  • A series of classes and groups to help you control your stress which includes anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, low self-confidence, irritability and anger, drinking and using drugs to excess, and burnout.
  • There is no discussion of personal problems in the classes and groups. This means you can attend without concerns if you feel uncomfortable talking in front of others.
  • Classes and groups use cognitive-behavioural techniques to reduce stress by teaching better coping strategies.
  • Classes and groups normally last around 90 minutes including a 10 minute break.
  • Classes and groups are free to attend.

When? Where? How?

To find details on the sessions currently running and how to attend virtually please email ask@stir.ac.uk.

Café Connect

Join us for Café Connect catch-ups. Meet, greet, chat and connect. A weekly café space with a focus on wellness and self-care. Learn something new, give back, get active, have a chat and a free coffee.

Please note, this event has been postponed until further notice. Check out our online alternatives in the Be Connected calendar.

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Wellbeing drop in

Wellbeing is concerned with every aspect of your life – home life, social life and your studies. Your physical and mental wellbeing are both important to ensure you get the most out of your life at University and beyond. What you eat and drink, how you sleep, how you feel about your studies, social connection, exercise and relaxation will all influence your overall wellbeing. Even a single small change in just one area can improve your health and wellbeing and Student Support Services can help you to make these small changes.

What do we offer?

We offer 30 minute appointments with our Assistant Wellbeing Advisor where you can explore ways to stay well, keeping your mind healthy, stay active and balance this with relaxation.  And if you need it, we can help you access other services and support so that you can thrive in every area of your life.

When?

Appointments take place in Cottrell Building, Monday to Friday during the semester starting from March 2nd at the following times:

Monday 2pm – 3.30 pm

Tuesday 10.30 am – 12 pm

Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 pm

Thursday 2 pm – 3.30 pm

Friday 2 pm – 3.30 pm

How do I make an appointment?

Just visit the Student Services Hub, call on 01786 466022 or email ask@stir.ac.uk and one of the team will make an appointment for you.

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Community Wellbeing groups

Boost your mental and physical wellbeing and reconnect with nature in Pathfoot Courtyard Garden

Several research studies over the past ten years have demonstrated the health and wellbeing benefits for those involved in community gardening and horticultural projects. These include improvement in self-esteem and reductions in tension, depression and anxiety as well as boosting mindfulness and nurturing skills!

What?

The Art Collection and The Conservation Volunteers Scotland are offering places on our new gardening initiative. The aim is to increase participant’s contact with plants and the natural environment to improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

When?

This drop in club will be held in the Pathfoot Building and Courtyard Garden on Thursdays between 11am and 2pm (semester time only and excluding week).

 

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about plants, growing something and engaging with the natural world at a pace that provides an antidote to the stresses of modern life then please come along any time during the drop-in hours. No gardening experience is necessary and training will be provided.

Every Mind Matters

Do you want to take control and improve your well-being? Do you want to make small changes that bring big benefits? If so than the NHS Every Mind Matters tool is for you.

Complete the interactive quiz for your body or for your mind and when completed it will give you individualised self-help information. This information is accessible as an app, a video or as written guidance/advice. You can take the quiz as many times as you need to.

Start improving your well-being today.

Helplines

There are a host of excellent services available if you need to talk to someone about matters of mental health or emotional wellbeing. Each of the helplines listed will connect you directly with professionals who can offer confidential support around the clock, and we recommend them as a first port of call whether you feel like you’ve reached a crisis point or just need someone to talk to.

Samaritans

Phone: 116 123

Samaritans can offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like about whatever’s getting to you – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

If you’re out of the UK you can also contact them via email on jo@samaritans.org although the response may take a little longer.

Breathing Space

Phone: 0800 83 85 87

Breathing Space are a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Mind

Phone: 0300 123 3393

Mind provide advice and support to empower you if you are experiencing a mental health problem. Text 86463.

Shout Crisis Manager

Text ‘Shout’ to 85258

Free 24/7 text service that provides an anonymous conversation for anyone in crisis. Offers a safe space where you are listened to by a trained Crisis volunteer.

Websites

The websites below provide lots of information on issues such as anxiety, drug abuse, self-harm and depression. Each site brings together in-depth expertise in a specific area and lets you connect with professional carers and counsellors.

Students Against Depression

Information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it themselves.

Self Harm UK

Lots of information, advice and personal stories around self- harm, particularly focused on young people.

Anxiety UK

National charity for those affected by anxiety, offering lots of helpful information and support resources.

Circle Scotland

Circle engages with families who face exclusion due to social injustice, poverty and health inequalities.

Cruse Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people in Scotland.

Victim Support

An independent charity, they provide support and information to people affected by crime and campaign for victim and witness rights. Regardless of whether a crime has been reported or when it happened, there services are free, confidential and tailored to individuals’ needs.

Mobile apps

We’ve put together a list of apps designed to help you with a variety of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. Apps are a great resource for ensuring help is always at hand, such as if you are out of the UK in another time zone, and they can provide useful prompts and reminders that encourage you to take time out or keep track of how you’re doing.

App namePlatformCostSummary
Be Mindful   £30

An online course to help reduce stress and anxiety using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Beat Panic

  £0.99

Overcome panic attacks and anxiety wherever you happen to be.

Big White Wall

  Free

Get round-the-clock support from therapists to help you cope with stress and anxiety.

BlueIce

  Free

This app helps young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.

Breathe 2 Relax iOS/Android Free Learn the stress management skill of diaphragmatic breathing. 
Buddhify: Mindful Meditation  iOS/Android  Paid  Easy-to-follow guided meditations. 
Calm  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases)  Mindfulness and guided meditation app. 
Calm Harm   Free

Reduce urges to self-harm and manage emotions in a more positive way.

Calm in the Storm  iOS  Free  Reduce, manage, and learn about stress in your life. 
Catch It   Free

Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently.

Chill Panda

  Free

Use breathing techniques to help you relax more, worry less and feel better. 

Cove   Free

Create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness and anger to help express how you feel.

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson  iOS/Android  Paid  Relaxing guided meditation. 

distrACT

  Free

Quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Elefriends  iOS/Android  Free  A supportive online community. 
eQuoo: Emotional Fitness Game  

Free, with in-app purchases

Use adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness.

Feeling Good: positive mindset

 

Free, with in-app purchases

Use audio tracks to help relax your body and mind and build your confidence.

Headspace  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases) Guided meditation and mindfulness. 
Insight Timer  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases) Guided meditations. 
iSleep Easy: Meditations for Restful Sleep  iOS/Android  Paid  A wide variety of guided meditations. 
Mindshift  iOS/Android  Free  Designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. 
Moodkit  iOS  Paid  Psychology tips and tools for everyday life. 

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App

 

Free, with in-app purchases

Learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking.

Panic Attack Aid and Panic Attack Aid Lite  Android  Paid (Lite version free)  Designed to bring calming relief to panic attack sufferers. 
Rise Up + Recover iOS/Android Free An eating disorder monitoring and management tool. 

SilverCloud

 

Free

An eight-week course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression at your own pace.

Sleepio

 

Free in some areas

An online sleep improvement programme, clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster.

Sleepstation

  Free with GP referral

Connect with a team of sleep experts to help you fall asleep or stay asleep through the night.

Stay Alive iOS/Android Free Pocket suicide prevention resource

Stress & Anxiety Companion

 

Free (with in-app purchases)

Breathing exercises, relaxing music and games to help calm your mind and change negative thoughts.

Student Health App

  Free Reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the health information you need as a student.
What's Up? – A Mental Health App iOS/Android Free (with in-app purchases)  An aid for coping with depression, anxiety, anger and stress.
Relax with Andrew Johnson  iOS/Android  Paid  Unwind and de-stress with relaxation techniques. 
SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management  iOS/Android  Free  Established methods of self-help in an accessible format. 
Thrive   Free

Use games to track your mood and teach yourself methods to take control of stress and anxiety.

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