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Ukraine: Support and advice available to all students

Support available

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We are deeply saddened and concerned by the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and our thoughts are with any members of our University community who may be personally affected.

Universities UK (UUK) is working with relevant government departments to establish what support may be necessary for affected students and staff in the UK, both Ukrainian and Russian, and any currently in Ukraine or Russia.

 

We understand that some of our students may be feeling anxious and we're here to help if we can, see https://www.tees.ac.uk/sections/stud/support.cfm

We have a range of support services available so please contact Student Wellbeing via studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk for advice if you need it.

 

We are holding a drop in for any student wishing to explore how they’re feeling and have a space to talk to our advisers and other students. The drop in will take place on Thursday 10 March in the Student Life Building 2:00 - 3:30pm

If you would like to attend, please come to The Lounge on the ground floor of the SLB, anytime between 2:00 - 3:30pm and an adviser will be there to greet you.

Advice from MIND

This advice has been taken from the MIND Twitter feed @MindCharity

There's no question that the news is difficult to read and absorb right now. But we've got some things that might help you feel a bit less stressed.

1 - Limit your news intake. Watching or reading the news can be a helpful way to stay informed, but it can also increase our anxiety or fear. You might come across speculation on potential fallout and how it might affect the rest of the world, including the UK.

Try: Only looking at certain times of the day, for a limited duration, and then doing something relaxing afterwards. Make sure to: Stick to reliable, trusted news sources that don’t engage in ‘what ifs’.

2 - Tailor your feeds. When a news story is developing, it can be tempting to go online and see what others are saying. But that might leave you feeling anxious – especially if people are sharing content you’re trying to avoid, or posting concerning feelings or opinions

Try: taking a break, or limiting how you use social media. Make sure to: regularly ask yourself – “is this helping me, or am I doom scrolling?”

3 - Talk to someone. It can be a huge relief to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling and say your worries ‘out loud’. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself.

Try: “Do you have time for a chat? I could do with some space to vent about…” Make sure to: respect their boundaries if they say no. If you aren't able to open up to someone close to you, the Samaritans are available to talk 24/7 on 116 123.

4 - Take action Activism can be a great antidote to feelings of helplessness. When you’re feeling distressed about something specific, it could help to do something proactive. There are some helpful ideas from MIND here - https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/ways-to-help-ukraine-conflict/

The idea of conflict in Europe is an unfamiliar one to many of us, and for some it could bring anxiety over what, if anything, might come next.

Anxiety is a natural human response. We experience it when we feel we're under any sort of threat. Feeling anxious can be the ‘right’ way to feel, and doesn’t always mean you have a mental health problem.

But anxiety can still be a hard thing to sit through. For more information and advice, visit http://mind.org.uk/anxiety