Self Help Resources

‌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. 

Student Wellbeing Community

We've put together an online platform where self-care information, wellbeing resources, live workshops and more can be engaged with by students from the comfort of their home.

You can access this through GCU Learn by following the current steps:

1. Log into your GCU Learn as normal
2. Go to the Communities tab
3. Search for "Student Wellbeing"
4. Enrol into the module called Student Wellbeing
5. The Student Wellbeing community should now be added to your communities. 

You can also access the module by following the course link from our launch newsletter here. If you have any questions about this please contact Rachel Simpson (Project Officer for Student Mental Health).

Togetherall

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Glasgow Caledonian University students can now access free online 24/7 support with Togetherall

Togetherall is a 24/7 online global community, where individuals can access support from trained professionals. You can use Togetherall as a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

You are anonymous to other members in the community, and your personal information is kept secure while you are on the site (see Togetherall’s privacy statement).

See the video below from Togetherall for an overview of what the service can provide:

  

To join, simply go to www.Togetherall.com and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your academic e-mail address. 

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.

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

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
Insomnia/sleeping problems
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
Stress
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

Videos

Self care

 

Relaxation

 

Getting active


Mindfulness

 

Human connection

 

Autism - 'The world needs all kinds of minds'