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We hope you enjoy your time here at Solent University and would like you to know that the counselling team offers a variety of support, including Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Mental Health Advice, that may be of help if you are experiencing difficulties during your time at university.
If you are finding things difficult it might be advisable to speak to your GP, tell them about your situation and see what support they can suggest.
Steps 2 Wellbeing may also be able to offer you support. For more information please contact them on 02380 272000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk
You could also check out the self-help and other suggested support below.
If you are interested in accessing our counselling. menatl health or hypnotherapy services please read the information below before completing our online assessment form.
Please note, we will contact you via your University Solent email account.
The service is currently experiencing high levels of demand and this might affect how long you will have to wait.
Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk through anything that is worrying you. It provides a quiet, safe and confidential space for you to meet with a counsellor one-to-one who will listen to you and help you reflect on and explore whatever is causing you difficulty or distress. The counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do.
People explore many different things in counselling. If there is something you feel is preventing you from making the most of your time here at university and you would like someone to talk to, then you are very welcome to refer yourself for counselling via our online assessment form.
We offer counselling in blocks of six sessions. The sessions last for 50 minutes and occur at the same time each week for six weeks, to fit with your availability.
Our Mental Health Adviser Sarah co-ordinates support for students with mental health difficulties to ensure that students get the best support to meet their needs both within the University and from services outside the University
Sarah agrees a clear plan with each student she sees and the plan is individual:
Not all students who have mental health needs will need to see Sarah. If you are able to manage your own mental health needs or you have a plan of support meeting your needs there is unlikely to be role for her, but she is happy to meet and talk this through if you are unsure.
Referral to the MHAd can be made at any point during your time at the University. This could be:
Sarah can also see students who wish to talk through getting support to access services for help with alcohol/ substance misuse and domestic or sexual violence. She works term times and can usually see students without too much delay.
If you are interested in having a session booked with the MHAd you can either complete the Counselling online assessment form and mark clearly in a free text box that you wish to see the MHAd, or you can go into the Wellbeing Hub and ask to talk though your concerns with one of the Wellbeing Advisers who can help fill out a referral form or, if urgent, the Wellbeing Adviser can book an appointment into Sarah’s diary.
Sarah is a Social Worker registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has a duty to abide by a clear Standards of Conduct, which includes maintaining confidentiality.
The MHAd is based in the University Counselling Service and works closely with staff in Student Services including the Wellbeing Hub and might share information with co-workers in these teams, but only if there is a need to and with your consent.
The MHAd would only share information about a student outside of Student Services without permission when there is a reason why this had to be done; for example, if there was an immediate risk of harm to the Student or someone else or for a particular legal reason. If this situation arises the MHAd will still try to discuss the situation with the Student and ensure they are aware of what might be shared and with whom. In the event that information must be shared it will be limited to the relevant issues.
If you have concerns about confidentiality, please raise this with the MHAd; confidentiality should be discussed at the first appointment but you are encouraged to raise it at any point if you have concerns or questions.
Hypnotherapy guides you into a relaxed state of consciousness, which then enables you and the hypnotherapist to tackle the things that are affecting you.
Because this hypnotic trance state bypasses the conscious mind and communicates with the subconscious mind, significant results can be achieved quickly. If you are struggling with exam nerves, anxiety around presentations, or feel that hypnotherapy might help you cope with your studies for other reasons then please refer yourself for hypnotherapy via our online assessment form.
Please be aware that we do not offer hypnotherapy for weight loss or smoking cessation.
Often only one session of hypnotherapy is needed, but the hypnotherapist will decide with you if additional appointments are required.
Hypnotherapy consent form
To access counselling or hypnotherapy you need to complete our online assessment form. This should take about 15 minutes.
The information you provide on this form is very important and we appreciate you taking the time to carefully complete it. We understand how difficult it can be to divulge personal information, but telling us a little about your situation will help us to place you with the most appropriate practitioner and, once submitted to us, the electronic form will be held securely and confidentially within the counselling service.
Once you have submitted the form we will email you within three days to acknowledge that we have received and processed your request for counselling or hypnotherapy and confirm that you are on our waiting list. If you have not heard from us after three days, please email email@example.com in case there has been a technical problem. Please note, we will contact you via your University Solent email account.
Waiting times can vary according to the time of the academic year, but also according to your availability to attend sessions. The more availability you are able to give on the online form, the easier it will be to place you with an available counsellor. Please note that sessions must fit around your university timetable.
As soon as an appropriate appointment time and therapist become available we will contact you to let you know that we have been able to arrange your sessions, and to give you details about who you will be seeing and when the sessions can start.
If you have any questions about applying for counselling or hypnotherapy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 8201 3730.
I need help urgently:
There is support available to people who are struggling with their emotional well-being or mental health whatever the time of day. There are helplines, a drop in at the Samaritans 10am-10pm, webchats and good advice on several websites noted below to help in difficult times.
Always ring 999 if there is an immediate serious risk of harm.
If you have hurt yourself and need medical treatment and/ or you cannot keep yourself safe, go to your GP surgery. If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but are not in a life-threatening situation. If you feel at risk of serious harm to yourself or from others, go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
In office hours the Advisers in the Wellbeing Hub are available to help work out what will be helpful for you.
The Samaritans provide 24 hour support by phone on 116 123 or email email@example.com. In Southampton the Samaritans also offer a walk in service between 10am and 10pm: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-southampton-and-district-branch
http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/ This website offers basic general advice about a range of problems and also has lists of organisation and helplines that can help.
http://studentsagainstdepression.org/ This website has good advice about managing depression and guided self help. The “desperate right now” button is on the top right hand corner of the page.
https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ (prevention of young suicide- for people up to age 35) has a range of support and a helpline open Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends: 2pm-10pm & bank holidays: 2pm-5pm
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/findsupport have good student tailored advice and guidance.
I am worried about someone else.
There is support available to people who are struggling with their mental health whatever the time of day. There are helplines, a drop in at the Samaritans 10am-10pm, webchats and good advice on several websites noted below to help in difficult times.
It can be hard to broach the subject of getting help with someone who seems to be struggling. The Student Minds link below has some good ideas for how to do this.
Always ring 999 if there is an immediate serious risk of harm.
In office hours you can go to the Wellbeing Hub. The Advisers won’t be able to discuss someone else’s affairs in any depth but they can support you work out how you might be able to help or get help.
If you are in halls and worried there is always a member of staff on duty for you to speak to.
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/supportforafriend.html have sound advice.
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you gives helpful advice you are concerned that someone is suicidal.
We understand how difficult it can be to come and talk with a counsellor and we take confidentiality very seriously. Everything you discuss is kept confidential within the counselling service and, except for rare exceptions, will not be disclosed to anyone else. As members of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists we abide by their ethical framework, which you can view here. Your counsellor will talk to you about confidentiality at your first apppointment and will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
As a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, hypnotherapists work within the Code of Ethics set out by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and work within the same standard of confidentiality as all of our counsellors. Your hypnotherapist will discuss this with you at your first appointment.
Any member of staff that is concerned about a student can contact the core counselling team on ext: 3730 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst we cannot disclose if a student is accessing our service, we can provide general guidance and advice to help support you in your role.
If your matter is urgent you can also contact the wellbeing advisers on ext: 3427
Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust cover a range of mental health issues, including:
Depression and low mood
Obsessions and compulsions
Post traumatic stress
Shyness and social anxiety
Alcohol - Alcoholics Anonymous
Anxiety - AnxietyBC
AIDS/HIV - National Aids Trust
Anger Management - Angermgmt.com
Bereavement - Cruse Bereavement Care
Depression - Depression Alliance
Domestic Violence - Womans Aid
Drugs - Narcotics Anonymous
Eating Disorders - Eating Disorder Association
General Mental Health - Mind
Phobias - Phobics Society
Rape - Rape Crisis
Schizophrenia - Rethink
Sexual Abuse - Survive
Stress - International Stress Management Association
Self-Injury - Young People and Self Harm
Sleep - Sleep Net
Sexuality - London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
Factsheets on a variety of things, including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug misuse, sleep problems and stress are available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website.
Below is a list of support organisations and helplines available in and around the Southampton area.
Samaritans (Listening service) 64 St Andrews, Southampton, SO14 0BA. Tel: 023 8063 2888 or 023 8063 2889
NHS 111 (For health concerns) 24 hours, 365 days a year. Tel: 111
Southampton Mind (Counselling and support on all mental health issues) 28 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XN. Tel: 023 8033 4977
Nightline (Listening and information service provided by students for students) Tel: 023 8059 5236
Cruse – Bereavement Care (Grief and bereavement counselling) 135 St Mary's Street, Southampton, SO14 1NX. Tel: 0844 879 3448
Relate (Relationship counselling) 3 Kings Park Road, Southampton. Tel: 023 8022 9761
The Bridge (Counselling for drugs and addictions) 4 The Carronades, New Road, Southampton, SO14 0AA. Tel: 023 8088 1400
Breakout (Support on lesbian, gay and bisexual Issues) 24a Bernard Street, Southampton, SO14 3AY. Tel: 023 8023 6237 or 07909 373 041
Southampton Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse (Counselling support) Shirley, Southampton. Tel: 023 8063 6313
Options - Alcohol Advisory Service (Alcohol counselling and support) 147 Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton. Tel: 023 8063 0219
Samaritans Listening and support for anyone, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Rethink support with mental illness. Tel: 0845 456 0455
MIND Support and information for all aspects of mental health. Tel: 0845 766 0163
Alcohol Concern Tel: 0800 917 8282
Alcoholics Anonymous Tel: 0845 769 7555
Eating Disorder Association Tel: 01603 621 414
Depression Alliance Tel: 02076 330 557
Manic Depression Fellowship Tel: 02077 932 600
Saneline Listening and support for all aspects of mental health. Tel: 08457 67 80 00
National Phobics Society Support and information on all phobias and anxiety. Tel: 0161 227 9898
National Drugs Helpline Tel: 0800 77 66 00
No Panic Support for Anxiety Disorders Tel: 0800 783 1531
Women's Aid Support for women experiencing any violence Tel: 08457 023 468
CALM The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men in the early stages of depression. Tel: 0800 58 58 58
Make sure you will not be disturbed.
Sit upright in a firm, reasonably straight-backed chair, feet flat on the floor, arms resting on legs or on arm-rests. You should feel comfortable, supported but not curled up or with any part of your body pressed against another.
Look at a point about one metre in front of your feet then close your eyes.
Breathe out first, breathe in normally, then breathe out slowly, maybe with a slight sigh. Repeat twice and feel your body relaxing, as if it were sinking lower.
Check that all parts of your body are relaxed, if necessary tense and relax particular muscles.
Relax each part of your body, starting from your feet to the top of your head. As you focus on each part of your body, think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation.
Locate any areas of tension and try to relax those muscles. Imagine the tension disappearing.
As you breathe in, lift your shoulders slightly, as you breathe out make sure they go down.
Check your face - brows smooth, jaw dropped, if necessary open your mouth slightly, tongue resting at the bottom of the mouth, not touching the palate.
Continue breathing slowly - perhaps counting your breaths in and out. If your mind starts to get active, concentrate on a scene you enjoy which has very little movement, for example a beach with the waves breaking and retreating, a river flowing gently, or a tree rustling in the wind.
To make sure you breathe deeply, place one hand on the soft area between your ribs, just above your waist. This should move in and out with each breath.
When you are ready, imagine the room you are in first and then slowly open your eyes. Remain sitting for another half a minute before getting on with things.
Try to do this at least once during the morning, once in the afternoon and once before going to sleep. Follow the same ideas lying down in bed.
(Adapted from Stress & Relaxation by Jane Madders)
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