Dr Jacquie White, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Mental Health Strategy Lead at the University of Hull and ‘Wearer of Many Hats’, recently offered members of Hull University Nursing Society and student nurses her time to provide a drop in to chat or answer any questions. She bravely gave student nurses the opportunity to ask her anything – and we did!
The first drop in took place Tuesday 9th February 2021 at 7pm with 12 attendees, and the second Friday 12th February at 12pm with 5 attendees.
Due to Jacquie’s background working in mental health, the conversation naturally steered in that direction. Conversations were had between students across all years and fields about how their mental health is, what support they know to be available from the university and what the university could improve on. Jacquie was able to signpost to many services the university currently provide, and feedback to the university where services might be needed or need improving.
We’ve listed several of the resources Jacquie suggested and signposted us to below. We know how difficult it can be to find the time or energy to do things like this, or it can feel like the bottom of the list of priorities with so much to do, but you are worth it.
You do not need to be in crisis to ask for help. You do not need to feel like you are struggling with your mental health to take action to improve it. To take best care of our future clients and patients, we need to take care of ourselves first. You are just as important as everyone else. We really hope you look at these resources and do something today to take care of you.
To find out more about all the mental health support available for University of Hull students at this time please visit https://myjourney.hull.ac.uk/mental-health-support
Each student is allocated a Personal Supervisor, who should be a students’ first point of contact. They can offer pastoral support, within reason, and can signpost to other services and resources if they are unable to help. If you are unsure who your Personal Supervisor is or need to contact the university, you can do by logging in through MyPortal: https://evision.hull.ac.uk/.
A separate blog will be released on what to do if your personal supervisor is unavailable, but the most important thing is to make contact.
Survive and Thrive
An online module is available for University of Hull students called Survive and Thrive. It has been created by a Mental Health practitioner along with lots of other experts from across the university. It aims to complement academic life, enhance our wellbeing, help us to enjoy time at university and boost future employability.
There are several sections to complete at your own pace, which is then followed by the opportunity to reflect and try out tasks to help build a toolkit of skills to help everyday life as a student.
We know it can be difficult to find time to do things like this, but it is worth finding time to invest in yourself and building your own toolkit.
The module can be accessed by scrolling down to the bottom of the page here: https://www.hull.ac.uk/choose-hull/student-life/student-support/mental-health.
Togetherall, previously called Big White Wall, is a platform and safe space to connect with others experiencing similar feelings, with trained professionals on hand. All members are anonymous. You get free access if you login using your university email.
Similar to Survive and Thrive, there are also tools and courses available to help you look after yourself, with plenty of resources to explore.
Togetherall can be accessed here (but don’t forget to use your university email, not your personal one!): https://account.v2.togetherall.com/register/student
Humber, Coast and Vale Staff Resilience Hub
On Monday, the HCV Staff Resilience Hub was launched.
This is a new service designed to meet the additional wellbeing support needs of health and social care staff who may be struggling psychologically with, or at risk of burnout due to the impact of Covid-19 . The whole programme is also supposed to be available to students who have been placed in services across HCV during the pandemic, and volunteers within these services plus any family member of these staff, students and volunteers.
You can access it here: https://www.hcvresiliencehub.nhs.uk/
Team GB Personal Success Plan
The University of Hull have worked with industry leading experts and colleagues from Team GB to create a unique personal and professional learning and development experience. There are a few different sections: reflection, positivity, personal success and maximising opportunities and health and wellbeing.
Hub of hope
Outside of the university, there are a range of services available that could help. Download the app Hub of Hope, or visit the website, to find services available near you. It’s worth a look whether it’s for yourself or someone you know, there are some services listed we were not previously aware of.
You can access Hub of Hope here: https://hubofhope.co.uk/
Hull University Nursing Society would like to thank Dr Jacquie White for her time and insight, and we hope to collaborate together for more drop ins in future.