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Health and Well-being in Coventry

02 October 2019

If you’re finding university life a bit harder than normal, you’re not alone.

Worry about exams, loneliness or money problems can make you feel overwhelmed. Or you might want advice on eating well, home sickness or a range of physical and mental health issues.

Luckily, there are lots of places in Coventry to find support – so please don’t worry alone. Here we’ve outlined just a few of the ways to find help.

At university

Coventry University’s Health and Well-being Service includes welfare, disabilities, counselling, mental health and the Medical Centre. You can download their Health and Wellbeing App for up to the minute information or access a collection of self-help guides online.

Warwick University has a range of services including a Health Centre, Counselling Service, Disability Support and Well-being Support Services. Here you can find practical support with accommodation worries, harassment, health, specialist study skills and mentoring – and anything else that’s troubling you.

Your academic or personal tutors
If you are finding it hard to keep up with you work, talk to your tutors. If they are aware of your circumstances, they will be able to support you and give practical advice on managing your academic work. They can also let you know about study skills help that is available.

Students’ Union

Coventry University SU and Warwick University SU both have Advice Centres that offer free, independent and confidential service for all students.

They can give advice and support on a wide range of problems. This also includes more unusual issues around housing, consumer law, cheating and plagiarism, internal disciplinary and complaints. They offer face to face advice via appointments as well as other ways to get in touch such as email and a telephone service.

The CODE Team
Our CODE Team are trained to help with a range of mental health issues. If you want to talk to someone face-to-face you can pop into the Office anytime and ask for a confidential chat. You can also phone 024 76 105106 during office hours or security out of hours. We also have a dedicated email address – welfare@codestudents.co.uk – that you can use to contact us.

­­Your Doctor/ GP
People often worry about contacting their GP or “wasting their time”. Your doctor is there to help with all kind of physical and mental health conditions. If you’ve noticed changes in the way you feel or think over the past few weeks you should consider going to see your GP. This includes if you have experience any of the following symptoms that could indicate mental health issues:

  • loss of appetite
  • feeling low or constantly anxious or worrying
  • not enjoying your life as much as you once did
  • trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much

As well as offering support, your doctor will be aware of the services that are available to you and will be able to point you in the right direction. If you’ve not yet registered for a doctors at uni, you can use the NHS GP Finder.

NHS approved apps

The NHS has a range of apps that they recommend for people who prefer to access help on their phone. The apps are assessed against a range of NHS standards, so you can be sure of the quality. We’ve picked out the best free apps for issues around “Healthy living”, “Mental health” and “Sleep”. You can also use the filters to find other useful apps.

National organisations

Student Minds offer student-led group support for students experiencing low mood, mild depression, and eating difficulties.

Mind is a national charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Turn2us is a national charity who provide financial support to help people get back on track if they are having money difficulties. They offer advice to students and can help you find a local advisor using their search tool.

Which? University offers advice on student finance and can offer help on budgets and money matters.

Emergency helplines

HOPELineUK aims to prevent young suicide in the UK. You can call on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209 697

Samaritans 24-hour helpline provides emotional support for anyone in distress. Call 116 123.