Look after yourself
Five steps to improve your mental wellbeing
It can help to think about being well as something you do, rather than something you are. The more you put in, the better you should feel.
- Connect with the people around you - your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships;
- Be active - find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life;
- Keep learning – discovering something new may give you a sense of achievement and more confidence;
- Give to others – even the smallest act can count;
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
What you can do
Remember the basics
Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise and get enough sleep
Find a doctor
Expert self care (ESC) student app
Get help managing common health problems using the ESC student app developed with the University.
Dentists and other medical services
There are other medical services you might need to ensure you stay in good health.
Stress and anxiety can cause people to abuse substances like drugs, alcohol or food for varied and complicated reasons.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know. Find out what help is available.
While you here at University you may experience relationship problems whether it's with flat mates, friends, family or your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you are finding them hard to manage it might help to talk to someone.
Who you can talk to
- If you are in University-allocated accommodation you can talk to your Warden; Student Support Administrator, Deputy Warden or Senior Residents. Contacts for these are available from the accommodation listings page. Select your residence. Contact information is in the "Advice and support" section of the residence guide;
- Just Ask adviser from the Students' Union.
What you can do
In the city
Although Bristol is generally a safe city, every year a number of our students are victims of crime. It is worth taking some basic steps to avoid making yourself a potential target.
- Read Security Services guidance on personal safety;
- Read the advice and guidance on personal safety created by the Students' Union's Just Ask service.
When you study
We do not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation, and are committed to providing a fair and safe environment for you to study in.
- Read the Policy and procedure for dealing with unacceptable behaviour and if necessary raise a complaint;
- Use the Big white wall online support network;
- Disabled students need to ensure they have a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP). This can be done through your disability co-ordinator.
- Read the advice and guidance on sexual consent created by Student' Union Just Ask service;
- Read our sexual consent information.
In your everyday life
- Read the advice and guidance on abuse created by the Students' Union's Just Ask service;
- Read the advice and guidance on harrassment created by the Students' Union's Just Ask service;
- Read the advice and support for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, plus many other variations of gender and sexuality) ceated by the Students' Union's Just Ask service;
- Use the Big white wall online support network.
The Happiness Pulse is an online, self-assessment tool which can help you find out what makes you happy and helps the University improve the support we provide for you.