Stress & Mental Health
Recognise when you are getting stressed – think positive and don’t panic!
It’s natural to feel nervous when you are preparing for exams, but if you start to feel stressed, then trying to continue revising will do you no good – you won’t take anything in, which in turn will make you more stressed.
When you feel things are getting on top of you try leaving the room and doing something else for a little while. A break may be all you need.
- Think positive! You’ve got this far – why should you fail now?
- Don’t avoid difficult revision topics – ask your tutors for help if you are struggling
- Take some deep breaths. Concentrating on breathing slowly and steadily can help calm you down
- Keep it in perspective – there is life beyond revision and exams
- Learn how to relax – it’s an essential life skill! Counselling Services can provide you with for advice about coping with exam stress and relaxation techniques
It is important to recognise that exams can be a particularly difficult time and can have an impact upon your mental health. If you think you need some support, or are worried about a friend then the following services are available:
- Student Advice Centre 0114 222 8660 – advice on special circumstances, re-sits and appeals.
- Nightline 0114 222 8787 - listening service from 8pm till 8am.
- Counselling Service 0114 222 4134 – for longer term professional support.
- Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Service 0114 222 8923
- Your department – it is important to let your department know if you are experiencing any difficulties.
- Biteback – exam pressure can exacerbate problematic relationships with food or exercise.
- University Health Service – for general physical and mental health concerns. Doctors can refer students on to relevant services.
- Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 - confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day.
- If your situation is urgent, you can get support from the University’s Critical Support Team 0114 222 4321
- 'Well Connected' - A new Student Services' portal covering advice, signposting, and information on a host of mental and physical health issues.