Health and Wellbeing
It's important to prioritise your health and wellbeing at this time. The University and the Students' Association have a number of resources and services available for you to use.
Managing your wellbeing remotely
Feeling overwhelmed and anxious is understandable, especially as we adapt to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Read Young Minds’ blog on managing anxiety during the Coronavirus outbreak: What to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus.
Maintaining social networks, even online, can help maintain a sense of normality, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
The Virtual Neighbourhood has been created by the Students' Association to help you stay connected, supported and share a space to have a little bit of fun during tough times like these. Join the Facebook group to share what’s helping you through this time and connect with other students.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
The University promotes the New Economic Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ as a great resource to help you maintain positive wellbeing:
- Connect: Talk and listen, be there, feel connected.
- Be active: Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.
- Take notice: Remember the simple things that give you joy.
- Keep learning: Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself.
- Give: Your time, your words, your presence.
Let’s Talk podcast
The Let’s Talk podcast has launched a special ‘Life in Lockdown’ series to look into the diverse changes and challenges our University community is experiencing as a result of Covid-19.
Our Chaplain, Harriet Harris leads this series and is joined by students and staff to talk about how they are learning to acclimatise to the new way of living, working and studying away from the University.
If you are staying in University accommodation, the Residence Life team are available to provide you with 24/7 advice and support. Find them on their website.
You can speak to the Student Support Team in your School.
Health and wellbeing services
Our wellbeing services are currently working remotely but we are still online and ready to support you. From Monday 21 September, our new Health and Wellbeing Centre at 7 Bristo Square will open for appointments.
The Centre houses the Student Counselling and Disability Services, the University Medical Centre and the University Pharmacy.
We are currently preparing the building to ensure that it is safe for students and staff in line with University and Scottish Government guidance on hygiene and physical distancing.
Our Student Counselling Service is currently delivering remote support by telephone, email and online via Microsoft Teams during during the Coronavirus pandemic. From September, you'll also be able to book in-person appointments at our new Health and Wellbeing Centre on Bristo Square.
Please visit the Student Counselling Service website for further information.
The Chaplaincy’s Listening Service is continuing remotely throughout the Covid-19 closure period. From September, the Chaplaincy will also run a walk-in service between Tuesday and Thursday for people looking for general guidance or wishing to use the Listening Service.
If you would like an appointment with the Listening Service, please email: email@example.com.
The University Chaplaincy is also creating blogs to help us through Covid-19 lockdowns and meltdowns, and to raise our spirits.
The Advice Place has now also moved to a fully remote service. The offices at Potterrow and King's Buildings House are closed until further notice. They will be available to provide advice over the phone and via email within their usual opening hours.
Phone: 0131 650 9225
Access to free sanitary products
Students are still able to access free sanitary products on campus. Due to Covid-19 measures, collections points have been reduced. You can currently collect them from:
- The University Pharmacy (Health and Wellbeing Centre, Bristo Square)
- ACE Recepetion (Pollock Halls)
Find out more about the free access to sanitary products scheme on the Health and Wellbeing webpages.
Information (in Chinese) on the services available to students can be found on these leaflets:
If you have further questions about our Wellbeing services, please get in touch.