Wellbeing is a term bandied about a lot and has shot up the agenda not only in the UK but across the world. It is something that we all possess to varying degrees and that it can fluctuate. But what exactly is it and why is it so important to us all?
A definitive explanation is fairly hard to come by. However for all intensive purposes it can be deemed to be a subjective evaluation of how we feel about and experience our lives. It can therefore affect:
* How we feel
* How we think
* Meaning & Purpose
This section offers resources which address issues affecting our wellbeing. These issues include stress, worrying, anger, communication issues (passive, aggressive, indirectly aggressive, assertive), self esteem, confidence, and motivation – this list is, however, not exhaustive. You may wish to visit some of our other pages for information on sleep problems, loneliness and mental health problems.
Although we hope you will find what you are looking for in the resources below, we would encourage you to discuss any issues you are having with one of our Wellbeing Advisors. Contact the service today to book an appointment. This page offers self help resources that you may find useful, sites with information relating to wellbeing and services that you can contact.
Wellbeing Self Assessment – How happy are you? This NHS tool uses WEMWBS, a scale which is often used by scientists and psychologists to measure wellbeing. To get your wellbeing score, go through the statements and tick the box that best describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks.
You can contact the Counselling and Wellbeing Service Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm. However you may not be able to access an appointment straight away, you may not be able to visit the campus or you may wish to talk to someone outside of our working hours. In such an instance there are a number of services that you can talk to either about a specific problem you are having or general concerns you have relating to your wellbeing.
Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. It offers anonymous, non-judgemental and non-directive support for all callers, regardless of the situation. They are open for calls between 8pm and 8am every night of term, even during the exam period. You can find their contact details on the back of your Student ID Cards.
Papyrus can be contacted by young people at risk of suicide or those worried about a young person at risk of suicide. They are a specialist telephone helpline service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information. You can contact them on 0800 068 4141 Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm, Weekends 2pm – 5pm.
Samaritans support callers from around the area by phone, face-to-face, from throughout the UK and National Local Number and by email. Their branch is located in Manchester on Oxford Road opposite the Palace Theatre open from 9am to 8:30pm. You can also contact them on 0161 236 8000 with the phone line open 24 hours a day.
CALM promotes and delivers a free, confidential, anonymous helpline and website targeted at Young men, though CALM will listen to anybody who needs advice or support, regardless of age, gender or geographic location. Call 0800 58 58 58 Sat – Tue 5pm – 12am.
Self Help Services is a user led mental health charity, providing services across the North West. Some of the services they provide are aimed at dealing with anger, depression, relationship and family issues and self esteem. Local to the University is the Energise Centre at Douglas Green Salford M6 6ES but there are centres across the north-west. For more information and session times call 01612327854 or email.
Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust offer a variety of self help guides on controlling anger, depression and low mood and self harm. Visit their website to view these self help guides and have the option to download them.
NHS Choices offer advice relating to the benefits of self help and where you can find it.
Living Life to the Full is an online course that has been written by a psychiatrist who has many years of experience using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach and also in helping people use these skills in everyday life. The Living Life to the Full course is a life skills course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills. The types of things the course helps with range from changing unhelpful thoughts through to staying well and using practical problem solving skills amongst many others.
Moodscope is an online personal mood management tool that helps people grappling with depression or mood disorders to effectively measure and track their moods.
Assertiveness This information package is designed to provide you with some information about assertiveness – what it is, what stops us from being assertive and how to become more assertive.
Overcoming Distress Intolerance This resource is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively.
Overcoming Low Self Esteem This information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem - how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem.
Overcoming Perfectionism This resource is designed to help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist. The goal is not for you to give up your high standards altogether but to learn to pursue healthy high standards rather than unrelenting high standards that negatively impact your life.
Overcoming Procrastination This Information Package is designed to provide you with some information about procrastination and some suggested strategies for how you can address this problem.
Mastering Your Worries This resource is designed to provide you with some information about chronic worrying and generalised anxiety disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your worrying and anxiety.
Start2 is an exciting online wellbeing resource that uses art and creative activities to boost your health. Start2 is full of ideas that anyone and everyone can enjoy regardless of experience of doing creative activity.
Absorbing, interesting, fun, with fantastic interactive features, it offers over 70 activities. Try your hand at animation, creative writing, textiles, drawing, collage and photography, explore virtual galleries and museums, and experience their creative self-help activities including mindfulness. Start2 guides a user with expert tips and advice and an online mentor who can even recommend the best exercises to suit users and their wellbeing goals!
Get Self Help offer a wide range of excellent cognitive behavioural therapy based resources to improve your wellbeing. Sections include positive steps to wellbeing, understanding and overcoming stress, unhelpful thinking habits, coping with suicidal thoughts, communication styles, understanding and overcoming anger and how to improve your sleep . Information on this website is laid out clearly and concisely so it is easy to digest and then focus on improvements.
The NHS Choices website is an excellent resource providing a large and varied amount of information surrounding mental wellbeing including five evidenced steps to better wellbeing. These are connecting, getting active, learning, giving and becoming aware. The NHS also have webpages specifically for student wellbeing, how to feel happier, a page for those struggling with stress as well as 10 tips on reducing your stress levels. Finally they have a detailed page explaining a bit more about anger and why it is so difficult to control along with tips on how to control it.
Action for Happiness is a movement committed to building a happier society. Their website is excellent and focuses on why happiness is so important, provides some excellent resource and links and a 28 page guidebook all about the 10 keys to happier living.
The Mental Health Foundation provides a wealth of information surrounding wellbeing. You can visit their main web page and take a stress test, find out more about stress, anger (as well as download their cool down self help leaflet) and mindfulness. Understand how sleeping can affect us, how fear works and why exercise is so important for our wellbeing. They also have a number of podcasts focusing on relaxation, better sleep and a number of other topics.
42nd Street (not to be confused with the popular Manchester indie nightclub of the same name) provides a range of services to young people including mental health needs assessment, counselling & therapy, individual community mental health support, group work, drop-ins, a helpline, youth work activities, participation opportunities for young people using the service, and a national online question and answer service for young people affected by self-harm.
The Pain Toolkit by Paintoolkit.org is an excellent resource for anyone who lives with persistent pain and provides some handy tips and skills to support us along the way to managing pain. It is not meant to be the last word in pain self-management but a handy guide to help people get started - all that is needed is to be willing to read it and take on board some of the suggestions.