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University Counselling Service

Student Counselling
 

What can I do to help myself?

Crisis support

Local to Cambridge

Addenbrookes A&E

If you feel that you need medical attention or think that you are unable to keep yourself safe, then you can attend Addenbrookes A&E department.

Crisis support

Access the crisis support services listed here and here.

College staff

If you are in college accommodation over the festive period and find that you are struggling to manage your mental health, you can go to your porters to get some more information about wellbeing support available in your college.

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Local A&E

If you feel that you need medical attention or think that you are unable to keep yourself safe, then you can attend your local A&E department.

National crisis support

Contact some of the crisis support services listed above.

Talk to someone

Make sure you talk to someone and tell them how you are feeling. It might be helpful just to have someone listen to what’s going on, but they also might be able to help you with ideas about what you can do to improve the situation or help to distract you from what’s going on. Make sure people are aware of what’s going on for you and how it is making you feel.

Distract yourself

Distraction is all about giving yourself something else to focus on when you are feeling distressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. There a lot of different ways that you can try to distract yourself including:

-       Reading a book

-       Watching TV or a movie

-       Listening to music

-       Painting, colouring, arts and crafts, knitting, crochet

-       Playing video games

-       Practicing mindfulness techniques

-       Cleaning and tidying

-       Baking or cooking

 

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Keep a routine

Some of the first things you notice when you are struggling with mental health is a lack of motivation. Make sure you keep doing daily tasks like washing, dressing, cleaning and eating. If you are finding these too overwhelming, then create a plan or schedule for the week. You don’t have to achieve everything every day, but make sure you keep doing something.

Self-help apps

Check the NHS app library for some helpful apps to support your mental health and wellbeing:

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/

Wellness plan

Mental health is individual, and everyone responds differently to different situations and techniques. Create a wellness plan to help you identify what it looks like for you when you are struggling with your mental health, and the things that do and do not help to make you feel better.

Mindfulness

Practice mindfulness regularly to improve your skills. You can do this by learning a few mindfulness activities or going onto YouTube to find guided mindfulness practices. You can also look at the NHS app library to find mobile mindfulness apps.

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/

Self-refer to UCS

If you are struggling to manage your mental health, and think that you might need some more help and support to manage this when you return to University, or when term starts, you can make a self-referral to the University Counselling Service for counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

www.counselling.cam.ac.uk