Mental Health Awareness Week will be running next week, from 14-20 May and this year the theme is stress. This fits in perfectly with our #StressLess campaign, and in supporting you in the final week of assessments. We will be posting advice every day next week on our Twitter account (@CCCUStudents) from the Mental Health Foundation, alongside our own support.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation will be calling for a less stressed nation. Through research, resources, films and blogs they will be trying to strengthen the ability for us to handle the pressures in our life. You can find out more by checking out their website, reading the article ‘Stress: are we coping?‘ and looking through of some of their publications:

CCCU takes the mental wellbeing of its student’s seriously and continues to invest in a range of resources  to support you including:

  • Academic Learning Development: as well as dedicated workshops to improving your essay writing, revision techniques and time keeping skills they also have lots of online resources available to you, on their web pages and on Blackboard.
  • Student Support, Health and Wellbeing: CCCU are here to support you, and to provide access to trained professionals for the advice, support and guidance that you need to successfully continue with your studies.
  • Big White Wall: A free 24/7 online service that allows you to get support. It’s a safe and anonymous space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.
  • Nightline: A student-run listening and information service offering a safe, non-judgemental environment for students to talk about their feelings and gain emotional-support and information. You can talk to the trained student volunteers about anything, no matter how big or small, and know that it will be held in confidence.
  • University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies: They are in partnership with CCCU to support all students who are registered with a GP Surgery within East Kent and would like help with a psychological problem. During this time they are also putting on specific exam and academic stress support – and are able to offer 3 telephone sessions of Guided Self Help with one of their Physiological Wellbeing Practitioners.
  • Productivity Software: including free tools, apps and software that can save you time, make your work easier, and increase your productivity. There is information on note taking, writing, time management and more!