It’s no surprise mental health has been spoken about so much over the past year. The pandemic has been affecting lives for nearly one and a half years now, and its toll is high – we are specifically talking about the deep emotional impact it has had on every one of us.
Wellbeing is a dear topic to us, discussing it on multiple occasions, here and over on Student Hub – by NTF. Student life is both exciting and daunting, full of happy moments but also doubts, questions, and pressure – we’ve all been there. Adding the uncertainty and the fear that a pandemic inflicts – in such an important period of life – makes this equation even tougher.
As we’re all about supporting students and celebrating initiatives that improve their lives, we want to spread the word about Student Space by Student Minds, which is providing a safe space for students to find the support they need during these times. It was created by the UK’s student mental health charity Student Minds, which has been working with students, service users, professionals and academics since 2009 to develop innovative ways to improve university mental health.
A few months after Covid-19 hit the world, they felt the need to create a dedicated space for students who have been more acutely affected by it, establishing Student Space in August 2020. They offer information, tools, dedicated support services and share student stories and experiences on navigating life during the pandemic. As we can imagine, people have been impacted differently by it, and so they created tailored support for those who have felt it the hardest.
They have different initiatives to target the most impacted groups, which include trans, black, Punjabi and Muslim students and also those who suffer from mental disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). By creating these tailored support groups and by offering different services – workshops, webinars, and podcasts to name a few – to each one of them, Student Space provides the help needed and a comfortable place where students can open up and feel safe.
Their support lines are confidential and can be contacted 24 hours by text message, email, or phone – from 3 pm to 12 am every day – and webchat – from 4 pm to 11 pm every day. They also have a tool for students to find help in their universities by typing the name of the university (in England and Wales only) into the search bar – super quick and effective.
We can’t stress enough how important we believe these organisations and actions are – especially when the world is going through hard times. If you or anyone you know is struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to look for help. Like Student Space, we’re also here to support you and we’re not the only ones.