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English and Writing: Support for students with a disability or a health condition
DDS provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of conditions and access to support. If you have a disability, health condition or learning difference, contact the team to discuss how the University can support you through adjustments to your learning experience.
However, remember that you have other resources available for your wellbeing and mental health during this time:
• If you haven't already, make sure you download the Fika app and make use of Togetherall - your online wellbeing platforms. These can help you understand better what you might be going through, and prepare you even better for any journey of wellness like therapy or counselling support. They also give you the opportunity to relate and interact anonymously with other students that can be going through similar situation and get peer support.
• Bliss: Bliss is an 8 session interactive online therapy program for depression that you complete on your own. The program is based on psychotherapy treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy. The program is designed to teach you techniques that have been shown to be effective in improving your mood and mental health. You can sign up for free here: https://cimhs.com/login/signup.php.
• The Help Hub: A helpful online therapy service which offers free short sessions, you can find it at https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/
• GoodThinking London: An interactive portal with free guidance and support if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, stressed, with trouble sleeping or low mood. You’ll find wellbeing information sources, guides to improving mental health, free courses online, mobile apps and other therapeutic exercises and tips. Take a look here: https://www.good-thinking.uk/
• StudentSpace offers free, confidential support from 4pm to 11pm every day calling 0808 189 5260
If you prefer texting, you can text ‘STUDENT’ to 85258 from anywhere in the UK, 24 hours a day
You can also chat to an advisor from 4pm to 11pm for free here: https://studentspace.org.uk/support-services/webchat-support
• The Samaritans also offer a confidential, listening service 24/7: Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check our website on UniHub for additional alternatives of support, 24/7 platforms, contacts, and our Call Back service, offered regularly within office hours by our team, to have a one-off virtual consultation to help you address and manage a specific pressing issue.
Remember that you can always reach out to your GP for guidance on best resources and support on your health, and that includes your mental health as well. If you haven’t registered with a GP in London yet, take a look at The UniDoctor at https://www.theunidoctor.com, it’s free and super quick.
Please note that the Mental Health and Wellbeing Services at Middlesex University are not emergency services. If you feel that you are in a crisis, and that you are thinking of seriously harming yourself or ending your life, please speak to your GP immediately or ring the NHS helpline 111 or call the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are in crisis and you cannot keep yourself safe - please call 999 or go to A&E (if you are not isolating). Additional information on 24 hour support services and local NHS crisis teams can be found here: https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/counselling-and-mental-health/crisis-and-emergency-help
Please be mindful that our Call Back appointments still operates during working hours and does not count as an entry to the regular Counselling and Mental Health ongoing sessions from our support team. If that sounds like something that would suits you better, please fill out the Referral Form you find on the Counselling & Mental Health page here on your UniHub https://unihelp.mdx.ac.uk/counsellingandmentalhealth, to be put on the waiting list for an assessment and counselling sessions with us. You will also find on our website several additional alternatives of support, 24/7 platforms, contacts, and more.
Please note that the Mental Health and Wellbeing Services at Middlesex University, including Call Back appointments, are not emergency services. If you feel that you are in an immediate crisis, and that you are thinking of seriously harming yourself or ending your life, please speak to your GP immediately or ring the NHS helpline 111 or call the Samaritans on 116 123. - Thank you