Welcome to another beautiful week and another blog. So last week, we looked at International Students Support. This is a big area and far too much to cover in a blog post. However, we do hope you enjoyed the post and found something of interest which may help you as an International Student.
This week, we want to focus on well-being and the Student Wellbeing Service at Queen’s.
What is well-being?
Wellbeing is a big topic in and of itself. Let’s see if we can break it down.
The more I looked into the definition of well-being, it transpires there’s no concrete definition. Some of the meanings are listed below:
- Looking at how people are ‘in themselves’ (mentalhealth.org.uk)
- The presence of positive emotion and mood (Centre of Disease Control, CDC.gov)
- Experience of health, happiness, and prosperity (psychologytoday.com)
- The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy (Oxford English Dictionary)
This list is by no means exhaustive and you may have your own definition of well-being and what that means to you. Evidently well-being affects a person in the first instance. Well-being can also be scaled up. You may hear about ‘class well-being’, ‘departmental well-being’, ‘society well-being’.
In Queen’s, we have the Student Wellbeing Service, so we’re going to concentrate the rest of this blog post on you. The student!
What is the Queen’s Student Wellbeing Service?
Queen’s aspiration is that every student leaves the University confident that they have achieved their academic potential, equipped to cope with the next phase of their life whatever that is, and feeling connected and hopeful about their future.Student Wellbeing Service, Queen’s University Belfast
The Queen’s Student Wellbeing Team offers a comprehensive range of support services. These are accessible, flexible and responsive services. It’s helpful to explore the Student Wellbeing Service pages and familiarize yourself with the content. You may never need it but you might meet another student who could benefit from the service.
Information for Students
There is a dedicated page for students: Information for Students. Here, you can view the video and find out more about the well-being service. As we said, well-being is a big area. It covers physical and mental health and a lot more.
Our services are free and available to registered students at the University.Student Wellbeing Service, Queen’s University Belfast
There is a wide range of support on the Support Available page, you will find information on:
- Drop in service
- 1-2-1 consultations
- Wellbeing events
- Safe & healthy relationships
- Self-help, and
- Emergency support
Should you feel you need counselling support, Queen’s are in partnership with Inspire, a local counselling organisation. The is a lot of information on the Queen’s Counselling page, do have a look through it. We want to make you aware of counselling appointments.
You can make an appointment in any one of the following ways:
Tel: 0808 800 0016 (24hr Freephone)
Students should be able to get an appointment with the service within 5 working days. If you are experiencing difficulties getting an appointment please let the Student Wellbeing Service know by emailing email@example.comCounselling, Queen’s University Belfast
The information above was from the Counselling page. There is also other guidance on this page on how to:
- Make a counselling appointment
- Availability of appointment
- Cancellation of appointments
- How long does a counselling session last, and
- Complaints procedure
Sometimes, if counselling is required, it may not fit in the 9.00am-5.00pm routine of life. And that’s OK! There is an Out of Hours Emergency option. You are not alone!
You are a student at Queen’s. It’s normal to have worries during your time with us. Those worries could be about:
Again, this list is not exhaustive and as humans, we worry about a lot of things. So if you have concerns, what support is available? And if you need to talk with someone, who do you contact? Let’s look at those.
If you have concerns about your studies, there is an Academic Concerns page. This gives more detail on the Support available within your school, the Student Guidance Centre, Links to academic related issues, and Quick links to other support and services.
The following image is from the Links to Academic Related Issues section:
To find out what information is contained in each link, go to the Academic Concerns page and the Links to Academic Related Issues section.
If you have any queries on the following, click on the link to take you the page in question:
NHS Wellbeing advice
The NHS have a well-being page: 5 steps to mental wellbeing
This page has a lot of information and the following five tips:
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others, and
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Do have a look through all of the above resources regards mental health and wellbeing. There is also still plenty on the Student Wellbeing Service pages for you to explore and there’s plenty of help on hand. As I said earlier, you might never need the service but you might meet someone else who could benefit from it.
On a side note, you may notice this last number of blog posts from Academic and Student affairs have covered most of the topics but not Disability Services. This is because we previously did a blog post on disability services.
Next week, we will look more Intranet options on Queen’s Online under Directorates and Student Plus.
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