Welfare and Wellbeing

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For help and advice with welfare/wellbeing issues contact the Residence Life support and conduct team (See our 'Contacts' section)

Alcohol

For some students, drinking can play a part in University life. It’s okay to drink in sensible amounts, but there are lots of reasons why excessive drinking can be bad for you.

Here are some simple things you can do to look after yourself when drinking:

• Eat a substantial meal before going out.
• Plan how to get home in advance.
• When going home, travel with friends - and remember you can use the Safe Taxi Scheme with City Taxis.
• Alternate alcoholic with non-alcoholic drinks.
• Don’t pressure your friends into having another drink or be pressurised by them.
• Never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from someone you don’t know.

If you’re concerned that you or a friend is drinking too much, talk to your Residence Life Mentor – they may be able to help.

For more information about the effects of alcohol, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Meningitis

Meningitis can develop rapidly and young people are particularly susceptible. Early symptoms can be very similar to those of flu
or even a hangover and include:

• Fever • Vomiting • Severe headache • Stiff neck
• Dislike of bright lights • Rash

There is currently a vaccine for Meningitis C. Speak to the University Health Service (UHS) about getting immunised against this strain. If you have any concerns about your own or a friend’s symptoms, contact the UHS, National Meningitis Helpline or NHS Direct straight away.

See the ‘Health contacts’ for details of how to get in touch. If you are feeling that things aren’t going right and want to talk to someone, pop into the student advice centre. We have plenty of people who are happy to listen to any concerns or worries you may have.

Health & Wellbeing

It’s important to look after your mental health, and there are several options for students who want to talk to someone. The Student Advice Centre and Student Access to Mental Health Services (see pg 5 for contact details) should be your first point of call, and can help signpost you in the direction to help.


Big White Wall

Big White Wall provides a 24/7 online peer and professional support; it’s a safe space that is totally anonymous. To sign up with your university email address visit www.bigwhitewall.com

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