Mental health and emotional wellbeing affect all aspects of our lives and health choices. Mental wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well, as individuals, within academic studies and being part of the community. It is also about our ability to cope with life’s ups and downs.
University can have an impact on wellbeing and mental health. Lack of sleep, changing support levels, eating habits, disrupted and changeable routine can all impact personal wellbeing. We have a number of services that can help to support you with your mental health and emotional wellbeing whilst studying at Loughborough.
What support is available at Loughborough?
Student services offer a range of support services including:
- Our LU Wellbeing App
- Wellbeing advisers who can support with issues such as stress, bereavement and family issues
- Mental health advisers for ongoing support for a disabling mental health condition which impacts your studies
- Counselling will provide up to six sessions of talking therapy
How can I get support whilst studying?
If you have experienced symptoms before coming to University and received previous treatment, we would encourage you to disclose further details on our Disability and Health Portal to share further information with us. This will give us the opportunity to assess your requirements and arrange support as necessary in time for your studies to start.
If you require support with your wellbeing or mental health once you're at Loughborough, you should complete our Mental Wellbeing Referral form. We will then use the content of this to decide the most appropriate team to support you. At some times of the year there may be a waiting list to access the appropriate service.
LU Wellbeing App
We would encourage you to download the LU Wellbeing app on Apple or Android before you arrive. This app enables you to log moods, has podcasts and articles on a range of wellbeing activities and encourages habits for positive wellbeing. It is also a great way for wellbeing teams to keep in touch with you and to share university specific information from time to time.
You can download this from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Each academic School at Loughborough has a Wellbeing Adviser who can offer advice and support to students on a wide range of wellbeing-related issues such as, stress, loneliness, anxiety and relationship issues to name but a few. Wellbeing Advisers provide first line support for students across the University and are linked in with other wellbeing services across the service and also, within academic Schools.
Mental Health Advisers
The Mental Health Support team is here to support students experiencing mental health difficulties, provide advice and information on mental health issues, and advise staff about appropriate practical or pastoral support.
The Mental Health Support team provide support by helping you evaluate the practical impact that mental health difficulties may be having on you as a student. We can talk through the support needs you feel you may have and address these directly or through referral to other services.
If you are a student of the University who is facing barriers that affect your ability to study due to a diagnosed mental health difficulty then the Mental Health Support team may be able to help.
We have an experienced team of counsellors who can offer you an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person who is outside of your immediate situation about any personal, social or emotional concern, whether or not it is affecting their studies or work.
We work using a model that typically offers up to six sessions. Counselling does not provide advice in respect to academic work, housing or financial difficulties as there are specific departments to help you with these issues.