When you’re not doing so great, one of the most powerful steps you can take is really rather simple: talk about it. Sometimes that can feel easier said than done – we feel like we’re burdening someone else with our problems, and we don’t want to come across as needy or like we don’t have our lives on track.

But here’s a reality check – your friends and family care about you! Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you found out that a loved one had been going through a tough time, but hadn’t reached out for help?

Don’t forget, like any big challenge, you will get through this – future you is older and wiser and waiting for you on the other side – it may just take a couple of attempts to reach them. In addition to family and friends, there are also many external support services available, this includes our own Welfare support team.

To help support you, we have put together some helpful guides and resources, shown in the drop-down sections below.

Our Student Welfare Team are always on hand to support you with any queries or personal matters that you may come across during your studies. Our friendly team are here to help, so do not be afraid to ask for their support and advice, no matter how big or small you think your issue is.

Phone: +44 (0)207 656 8420

Email: qahe.welfare@qa.com

In addition to the services below, we have put together a selection of helpful guides and resources, available to download to support you throughout your studies.

To view our guides, click on the buttons:

Studying and Self-care During Lockdown Preparing for the New Norm Reverse Culture Shock Help Yourself to Self-esteem Control Your Anxiety The Stages of Grief Mindfulness

NHS
If you require health advice, due to current concerns or if not sure about an urgent medical problem your first decision may be to head to the hospital when you may not need to.

Contact your local GP (doctor) service, or contact the NHS Helpline on 111 available 24 hours every day. You can also call 18001 111 on a textphone.

Police
For non-emergency situations, where it is not immediate danger call 101.

Emergency Services
Call 999 to get some immediate help, if there is immediate danger, of injury or loss of life.

Shelter
If you require housing advice contact an expert housing advisor on 0808 800 4444. They are open 8am-8pm weekdays, 9am-5pm on weekends.

If your situation is urgent and you have nowhere to sleep, might be homeless soon, are at risk of harm or feeling very overwhelmed about your housing situation, then you can call the emergency helpline on 0808 1644 660.

You may also be able to contact your local Council for advice and assistance.

Salvation Army
If you are having financial difficulties and struggling to provide the basics for your family, then you can contact your local Salvation Army who may be able to help. Just click here to find your local branch and they will be able to tailor the support you need.

You may also be able to contact your local Council if you have children under the age of 18 or you or a member of your family are considered an Adult at Risk of Harm.

We know that being a student can cause some financial worries, so we have put together our Student Money Guide, which provides useful advice, guidance and tools to identify ways you can improve your financial management.

Student Money Guide

Samaritans
If you are feeling overwhelmed, suicidal or just need someone to talk to you can contact the Samaritans, who are open 24 hours a day, on 166 123 or email at jo@samaritans.org.

Alternatively, if you are already in contact with your local mental health services, then you could call them for support and assistance.

Student Minds
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. Their Student Space will be available 24/7 throughout the holidays.

Support services:

Emergency Services
If you need to, or have already done so, call 999 to get some immediate help.

We are here for you. We have put together a handful of helpful guides to offer support to you whilst you are studying with us.

How to Manage Stress Reducing Anxiety and Panic Talking and Counselling Therapy Keeping Calm

Refuge
You can speak to a member of the National Domestic Violence Helpline team. The team will provide a listening ear if you want to talk about your experiences and support you to work through your options in the short and long term. The Helpline can also help you to access refuge accommodation, or other specialist domestic violence services, if you need them.

The below helplines are available 24/7:
Women’s and Children’s Advice line: 0808 200 0247
Men’s Advice line: 0808 801 0327

Emergency Services
If you or a member of your family are in immediate danger call 999 to get some immediate help.

We have put together an information pack to offer support to any students that may be experiencing signs of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Guide

Rape Crisis
The national Rape Crisis helpline is open 12 noon – 2.30pm and 7 – 9.30pm every day of the year.

You can call them on:
Women’s advice line: 0808 802 9999
National Male Survivors Helpline: 0808 800 5005

Emergency Services
You may also wish to make a report to the Police on 101 (non-emergency) or if you are in immediate danger contact 999.

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