The Wellbeing Service has developed a number of self-help resource handouts on various topics commonly discussed in counselling, mental health and specialist mentoring support.
This self-help resources library gives an overview of the most relevant UWE Bristol library books, local/national organisations, support groups, self-help guides, apps and websites to help you better understand these topics and access support in a way to suit you.
Your practitioner may point you towards some of these during your sessions and you are free to download any of them as you wish.
UWE Bristol Wellbeing handouts
- 1st Steps – highlights some of the fundamentals in looking after yourself and where to seek help when feeling overwhelmed.
- Alcohol use – a guide to monitoring drinking levels and knowing your limits.
- Anger – will help you to understand anger better, with the aim of expressing negative emotions in a more positive and creative way.
- Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Asperger Syndrome – particularly useful for people with ASC and Asperger’s syndrome, their friends and relatives, and those who wish to learn more.
- Bereavement and Grieving – this handout on bereavement and grieving recognises the impact of loss on the individual and outlines some theory about the grieving process.
- Bullying and Harassment – helpful to understand bullying and harassment and where to seek support at UWE Bristol if you are experiencing this.
- Contending with self-criticism – a guide to becoming kinder and more understanding of yourself, especially if you have a tendency to be self-critical.
- Depression – explains the signs and symptoms of depression and where to seek help.
- Domestic Violence – links to an essential tool kit to help you identify abuse and assess risk, as well as information on where to find help and support.
- Drug use – helps you navigate concerns about drug use.
- Eating disorders – explains the common thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with eating disorders.
- Exam anxiety – outlines how to effectively managing anxiety around exams.
- Health anxiety – find out what hypochondria (health anxiety) is and view resources to help you challenge your anxiety.
- Managing distress – view a list of support services, apps and self-care tips to help you manage distress.
- Mindfulness – provides techniques of mindful meditation to improve your psychological wellbeing.
- Panic attacks – provides a useful starting point to understanding and overcoming panic attacks.
- Presentation anxiety – aims to help you deal effectively with anxiety surrounding public speaking and presentation anxiety.
- Procrastination - Finding it difficult to focus? This guide will help you understand why you procrastinate and it lists some brilliant resources with practical strategies to help.
- Self-esteem – provides a guide to developing your self-esteem in order to live a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
- Self-harm – provides an insight into possible reasons behind self-harm, as well as a starting point to seeking help.
- Sleep – this may help you identify some causal factors that may be preventing you getting the rest you need.
- Social anxiety – provides information on how to manage when you feel awkward in social situations.
- Stress – outlines the causes of stress and how to support yourself to reduce your anxiety and increase your ability to cope.
Volunteer for a self-help study
Could you help make a difference? The University is looking for volunteers to take part in a study on alleviating distress amongst students using self-help resources. You'd need to engage with a given resource and complete a set of questionnaires three times over a two-month period. If you're interested in being a part of this study, please email Psychwellbeing@uwe.ac.uk with your name and any questions you may have.
Additional wellbeing resources
There are many additional resources that offer support and guidance:
- How to meditate in a moment (video) – advice on taking time out to meditate.
- Living with a Black Dog (video) – a guide for partners, carers and suffers of depression.
- Young Minds 'coping on campus' – helpful guide to beating stress on campus from the charity Young Minds. Information can also be found on the Young Minds website.
- NHS Workshops – offered on a wide range of topics from anger management to assertiveness skills, in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. Workshops can be accessed through your GP.
- Adapting to culture shock – information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) on adapting to life in a new culture.
- NHS self-care leaflets – an excellent range of self-help leaflets from the NHS on topics such as depression and low mood, controlling anger, and bereavement.
- Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) resources – information packages and courses on a range of topics from assertiveness to building body acceptance.
- Diary for valued action – a diary for 2018 to help you lead a life driven by your personal values and goals.
Please be advised that we cannot guarantee the validity of the information provided in the above resources, although it is offered in good faith.
The Wellbeing Service also offers individual sessions and group workshops to help support you throughout your time at the University. To take part, please complete the wellbeing registration form. Contact us for more information.
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