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The Students' Union has a range of services aimed at promoting positive wellbeing whilst at University.
Check out the 'Getting Support' pages for information on services within the University and off-campus/online. The Academic Advice pages provide information on all University processes and regulations and the Housing Advice gives you support with renting and accommodation.
If you are in need of advice but unsure who to speak to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Look after yourself: A note from your VP Support!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family and whilst we know this is a jolly time of year for many of you, please remember to stay safe and look out for one another. We also know that the holidays can be a difficult time of year for some who may have challenging family situations, or those who are spending the holidays away from their family.
So in order to make sure that you look after yourself, and one another this Christmas, here is a few ways you can support yourself over the Holidays.
Be Drink and Drug Aware
…and please drink responsibly. You have heard it all before but, the festive period is normally a time when people drink a lot more than they usually do and A&E admissions for the drunk and disorderly and drug misuse rise. So please, make sure you know your limits, don't drink on an empty stomach and don't leave your friends. Drinkaware.co.uk have put together a nice little list of ways to stay safe this Christmas: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/blog/articles/the-drinkaware-guide-to-a-safe-and-happy-christmas/
The NSPCC in 2016 reported a 54% rise in the number of people reporting sexual abuse over December and a 44% increase in emotional abuse. This is due to a number of things including increased alcohol consumption and lowered inhibitions over the holidays. Remember to stay safe and look after one another; most clubs and bars will now have "Ask A…" for females in vulnerable situations. If you do find yourself in a vulnerable position or you are scared, call the police for support.
You can call the national helpline rape crisis on 0808 802 999 or Victim Support on 0808 1689 111
Look after your mental health
We know that this time of year can be lonely, so reach out if you are low or in crisis. If you are crisis then reach out to find out local Safe Haven on the NHS website. Guildford's local Safe Haven is at Oakleaf on Walnut Tree Close and is open from 6pm to 11pm every evening.
If you don't want to leave your house, feel free to call a helpline. Samaritans can be called on 116 123 at any time, the Mental Health Crisis Helpline is 03004568342, Papyrus who are specialised in Suicide Prevention can be called on 0800 0684141. If you have gone back home in the UK, you can download the app "Hub for Hope" that will inform you of all the support services around you.
Talk and connect
If you are alone this Christmas, try and reach out to connect with others who are in the same situation, now is a great time to volunteer if you have ever thought about getting involved in your local community. Your VP Community and VP Support have come up with a list of activities throughout the holidays for you to get involved in if you are staying in Guildford, including a free lunch on Christmas day.
Addiction Line: 0207251 5860
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774 or text (07537 416905)
Cruse Bereavement Care: 0808 808 1677
Beat: 0345 634 1414
Family Action: 0207 254 6251
Stonewall: 0800 050 2020
So, make sure you reach out, talk and seek support if you are feeling low over the holidays. Look after yourself, friends and loved ones and check in on those you are worried about. It is ok not to be ok.
On that note, I wish you all a fabulous holiday and a wonderful new year!
See you in 2020!