All the universities in Liverpool have counselling services for their students:
Big White Wall – Online support for University of Liverpool students
Nightline– a night time listening and advice service run by the University of Liverpool Guild of Students.
Alternatively you can seek counselling privately. The Counselling Directory is a useful resource for finding a therapist to suit your needs.
As well as the tips below, there is some fantastic self help information on the Merseycare website.
Recent surveys have shown that students are experiencing increasingly severe emotional problems. The number of students seeking help is rising faster than ever.
A little bit of stress is good for the body but when it builds up we need to learn how to deal with it.
View stress as a warning that some aspects of your life might need changing. Main offenders include money worries, work, study, relationships and lifestyle.
Muscular relaxation exercises and deep breathing are two common techniques to help people to relax and combat symptoms of anxiety. For further information on relaxation exercises visit Patient.co.uk.
Choose the right exercise and you’ll feel both energised and relaxed. In general yoga and Tai Chi are excellent for reinstalling calm by focussing on breathing and centering the mind.
Physical exercise will reduce stress by using up adrenalin and can relax muscles.
Eating a healthy diet
Processed foods, too much salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine can all drain energy.
Get enough sleep
Regulate your sleeping hours by going to bed and waking up within a time slot of 1 to 2 hours
De-clutter your life
Just say ‘no’ to demanding colleagues, friends and family. You know how much you can cope with, so pick the important stuff. Prioritising lists can often help you decide what really needs to be done and what can wait.
Research shows that not only does this improve mood, it relieves stress and boosts the immune system.
Depression is common. Symptoms can affect day to day life and can become very distressing. Treatments include counselling and antidepressant medicines. Treatment takes time to work but has high levels of success. Some people have recurring episodes of depression and require long term treatment to keep symptoms away.
For an information leaflet visit Patient.co.uk.
Most people feel anxious from time to time. However, anxiety can become abnormal if it interferes with your day to day activities. Anxiety is a symptom of various disorders which are discussed in this information leaflet. They can often be treated. Treatments include counselling and medication.