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Mental Health

University life is full of opportunities that you must take advantage of. But none of these should come at the expense of your health and wellbeing. UJS continuously advocates for mental health awareness, driven by policy, through workshops, collaborations and campaigns. As well as working towards a healthier, happier university environment both physically and digitally. See UJS' non-exhaustive list of people who you can contact regarding your welfare here.

 

World Mental Health Day 2021

This World Mental Health Day, we are launching a project that puts you, our students, at the centre. We want to spotlight your experiences and create a virtual community where we can all support one another. We know that there have been many long-lasting consequences of the pandemic and want to give you a space to address them. Whether lockdown made you feel a bit low, you lost someone close to you or it exacerbated an existing mental health problem, tell us about it. Write, draw, talk about your feelings so together we can create an open conversation about our mental health.

 

My Mental Health
Journey
 

A blog by Nina

Before the beginning of the pandemic, I was fortunate enough to have never experienced real mental difficulty. Of course, I experienced anxiety and low moods from time to time, but it never seriously impacted my daily functioning. When lockdown hit, I was nervous about being fenced in but excited about the opportunity to spend time with my family and catch up on some Netflix shows. The reality of lockdown was, for me, quite pleasant. I got into a great routine of morning walks, afternoon naps and baking and I enjoyed the relative peace and solitude.  Read the full thing here

My lockdown mental health journey was tumultuous to say the least. The isolation from being stuck inside for such long stretches of time took its toll on me and I had to find outlets for the mixes of pain and emotion I was feeling. I was lucky enough to have discovered this through my artwork. What started as a playful experiment, an exercise in improving my artistic abilities whilst learning how to grow a social media account,  became a positive outlook for expressing myself at such a difficult time, without words. Learning to create mandalas like this one taught me to redirect a lot of the pain I had felt in a therapeutic manner and left me with something beautiful to show for it. For this I am very grateful.    

Before Covid, I was a busy and sociable person and never struggled with any form of anxiety or stress. When we went into lockdown, I found it difficult to be on my own and not have activities to do was incredibly difficult. I had decided to move into my boyfriend’s family home for lockdown, and at the beginning that was hard as it wasn’t my own space for me to fully be comfortable in. I was incredibly fortunate that where they live, they have lots of open space and I took advantage of the walking trails and being in the countryside. However there still was a part of it that I found incredibly difficult, which was learning to be comfortable in my own company. The way I tried to cope with it was to take up activities which kept me busy and distracted. For me this was ‘paint by numbers’ which allowed me to switch off and take space for myself. Additionally, working from home was incredibly difficult and the painting allowed me to switch off from staring at a screen all day. Having gone through the lockdowns, I know really appreciate the importance of taking time out for myself, personal space and ensuring that I am taking care of myself both physically and mentally. Going back to normality has made it more difficult to find the balance, though I will try at least an hour everyday to be time to myself, to process and decompress from the day. 

 

Unlocking my Lockdown - a playlist


Throughout lockdown I felt very anxious about Covid meaning I spent a lot of my time working on my degree and away from others. What really helped for me was listening to music that I could enjoy and sing along to and lose myself within. It feels really special to be on the other side of it now sharing this playlist that meant so much to me with you.





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