A Guide to Wellbeing at Warwick
When you arrive at Warwick, you will probably feel overwhelmed, with information about your accommodation and course being thrown at you from left right and centre! This can mean that you don’t pick up knowledge on the less-obvious aspects of what Warwick offers.
So, today I’m compiling some important information regarding keeping your wellbeing in check at university, and the services Warwick offers to help you along the way, if you feel you would like to use them.
It is important to note that these services were up and running prior to COVID19 – so in the 2020/2021 academic year, there may be changes to how certain programmes run/ some may not be running as normal. We will have to wait for more news from the university until we know for sure.
The Wellbeing services are offered by Warwick to provide many different forms of help and advice. Here you will find counselling and psychotherapy services that can be accessed after an initial consultation and referral to the correct counsellor. This support can be available through face to face sessions or via email. Counselling can be 1:1, or there are group therapy sessions available. I have been attending sessions over webcam as a result of my face to face sessions being cancelled due to COVID19.
The Wellbeing website (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/students/) also provides self-help resouces, such as recommended books to read and activities to do depending on what you would like help with. This is a really useful service, as you can select which areas you’d like more information about, for example, anxiety, and then your search will be filtered.
Nightline is a student-run organisation running from 9pm-9am, in which you call their number, and people will be available on the other end of the line to listen to you. This is a confidential service, and you can tell them as much or as little as you’d like. You do not need to have a particular issue to call them either, they are simply there for non-judgemental listening. Emergency supplies can also be obtained from Nightline such as pregnancy tests. Check out their website here https://warwick.nightline.ac.uk/
If you would like to become involved in a Mental Health society at Warwick, Mind Aware could be for you. Mind Aware run weekly meetings – discussing various mental health topics. You can attend these informal discussions as much or as little as you’d like, and you can get involved in the discussions, or simply sit and observe – it is completely up to you.
I would recommend this society if you are passionate about talking about mental health and decreasing the stigma. Numerous charity events and campaigns are run by Mind Aware each year – to read more check out their page https://www.warwicksu.com/societies-sports/societies/mindaware/
However, if you feel you need professional guidance, please consult the Wellbeing services.
Study Happy events
These events occur in the Warwick library. There are Pets as Therapy sessions, normally occurring once or twice a term, in which therapy dogs are brought in for a cuddle! I absolutely loved this service and used it in my first term at Warwick when I was missing my dog, and again in second year when I was missing my dog! (I always miss my dog!)
Another session is Creative chill out, where you can take part in creative art activities. These are great for winding down, and escaping any stress you might have about your university work.
There are also online resources available such as the Mindful library, which has guided meditation practices available.
Check out the full range of activities that Study Happy offers here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/students/study-happy/
So, these are the main resources I would guide you to – whether you would be interested in seeking professional advice, or simply want to get more involved in the mental health discourse around Warwick.
If you have further questions about the wellbeing support available at Warwick, don’t hesitate to comment below! Looking after your wellbeing is so important while being at university!