Dealing with unhealthy habits
Sometimes, when life feels stressful, we choose coping strategies that are ultimately not helpful. It is not uncommon to use drinking alcohol, taking drugs, eating or sleeping in a disordered way as a short-term solution. However, these distractions may cause problems later. Some students use self-harming behaviour to try to control their thoughts or feelings.
If you are suffering, or are concerned about someone else, we are here to help.
Who you can talk to
- Students' Health Service;
- Just Ask Adviser from the Students' Union;
- Student Counselling Service;
- 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 Select your residence. Contact information is in the "Advice and support" section of the residence guide.
What you can do
- Make an appointment to see your GP or visit the Students' Health Service;
- Find out what services are available at the Student Counselling Service;
- Read the Student Counselling service's self help information on drugs, alcohol and addiction, self injury, suicidal feelings, eating disorders, bereavement and loss;
- If you find suicidal content on Facebook, you can report it online via the Facebook Help Centre. Facebook staff will then put the person you are worried about in touch with the Samaritans in the UK or a local suicide helpline elsewhere in the world;
- Use the Big white wall online support network.