Health and wellbeing

‌We know this is a very concerning time for everyone. We are here to help and support you and will continue to provide a confidential service throughout this period.

The GCU Wellbeing team has compiled a range of resources for students and staff to access online.

If you need support or advice, please contact our Wellbeing Team studentwellbeing@gcu.ac.uk or our Disability Team disability@gcu.ac.uk.

GCU Students' Association Student Advisers are working remotely and are available as normal, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, to offer support. Please email advice@GCUstudents.co.uk.

Any student who wishes to assess their own risk in relation to COVID-19 may chose to  use the generic self-assessment form.  If you have any questions about this we strongly recommend that you to speak to your GP for medical advice. 

COVID-19 Wellbeing Support

Please find some tailoured resources below for support during COVID-19:

Webpages

Self Isolation Resources 

Interactive Guides

Gender-based violence support during COVID- 19

Community support groups

  • Exacta Print: community support list (this list has local groups for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Lothian, Falkirk, Argyll and Bute, the Highlands, Moray, Ayrshire, the Borders, Aberdeenshire and more.) The list is continually updated. 

Health anxiety 

Additionally, we know that for those members of our University community who already have health anxiety, this may be a particularly challenging time. Please find some resources below for specific support for health anxiety and pandemics:

Studying from home

GCU Staff Wellbeing Support and Resources

We have a range of support and resources staff can access. Click on staff welling support and resources  for further information.

A-Z Wellbeing Information
Wellbeing and Mental Health Directories 
Alcohol
Anger
Anxiety and panic
Assertiveness
Bereavement
Depression and low mood
Disability
Drugs
Eating problems
Gambling:

 Support for people affected by other people’s gambling:

Gender Based Violence
Perfectionism
Postgraduate Mental Health
  • Student Minds have produced the Wellbeing Thesis which is an online resource for postgraduate research students.
Relationships

Family Support

Self-harm
Sexual Health
Sexuality
Sleep and Tiredness
Stress
Wellbeing Resources at the Sir Alex Ferguson Library

The GCU Wellbeing Team has worked with the Sir Alex Ferguson Library to create a GCU wellbeing resource list.

The list has books and ebooks which are available online, alongside videos and other resources.

The Sir Alex Ferguson Library have also collated resources in how to enhance your wellbeing during lockdown, including digital resources to learn something new, exploring nature, being creative, and more. You can find these resources at their Wellbeing in Lockdown Page.

Online Guided Wellbeing Courses

Breathing and Muscle Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation techniques like controlled breathing and muscle relaxation can be useful tools for feeling calmer quickly and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. The Samartans have online breathing and muscle relaxation exercises on youtube. 

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The Wise Group are providing free group CBT Sessions with a rolling programme covering different themes. Find out more and sign up at their website.

 

Mindfulness

 

GCU The Arc online classes

Physical Activity has been linked with enhancing your mental health and wellbeing. Instructors from the Arc are posting daily workouts and streaming free pilates and yoga classes. To watch the daily workouts and to access the pilates and yoga classes, visit the Arc's Facebook page, and email Arc@GCU.ac.uk

 

Healthcare Workers Wellbeing Course 

Nothingham University have developed a course which focuses on the Psychological Wellbeing for Healthcare workers throughout Covid-19

Support Groups and Helplines

Support Groups

Helplines

Videos

Self care

 

Relaxation

 

Getting active


Mindfulness

 

Human connection

 

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