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. 

  1. Connect with the people around you - your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships;
  2. Be active - find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life;
  3. Keep learning – discovering something new may give you a sense of achievement and more confidence; 
  4. Give to others – even the smallest act can count;
  5. 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

The NHS website and Live Well Bristol sites have more detailed information about wellbeing and suggestions for things you can do. 

Remember the basics

Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise and get enough sleep

Find a doctor

  1. Join the Students' Health Service:
  2. Find a doctor (GP) if you live outside of the Students' Health Service catchment area.

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. 

Dealing with unhealthy habits

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.

Relationship issues

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

Personal safety

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.

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.

Sexual consent

In your everyday life

Happiness Pulse

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.

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