As the world has changed around us, we’ve stayed true to our mission, to be the world’s most student-centred organisation.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our members and as a community we support eachother. 

Learn about the SU services, Uni services and external support available, plus some help and tips from our community below. 
And if you would like to talk to us, tell us how you are by clicking below. We're here for you, more than ever.

How are you?

…But, seriously. How are you?

These are unique times, right? And we see ourselves as pretty unique, too.

From the huge to the small, let us know, seriously, how you’re doing. And from there, we’ll be in touch. We’re proud that our members take a stand for what is right and are proud to have your backs when things are tough.

You’re the ones who understand the Essex student experience because you’re the ones living it. Let us know about you. We're serious about actively supporting our SU community.

Together, we can make amazing things happen.

Love, your SU x

 
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GET SUPPORT AND ADVICE

 

I'm feeling overwhelmed

 
  • SU Advice are here to help we give you free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on lots of issues – book an appointment by emailing suadvice@essex.ac.uk or drop in on the social hour on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm (Zoom ID 565-702-6431)
  • The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS) provides a professional and proactive guidance service for students within a healthy and inclusive environment in order to support students to fulfil their potential. Drop-in at the University or book an appointment by completing an appointment request form
  • Call the Student Wellbeing Support Line provided by Validium, this is a 24 hour phone line, operated 7 days a week, 365 days a year, specifically for University of Essex students. The number is 0800 970 5020 (outside UK: +44 141 271 7168)
  • Sometimes taking a break from everything and having a little self-care time can help. Taking the time to go for a mindful walk can be a great break
  • The grounding technique 5-4-3-2-1 may also help you reduce anxiety, which starts with conscious breathing and aims to reconnect you with your surroundings
  • Try talking with a friend or family member. Talking through how you're feeling can really help work through evrything, let those closest to you help
  • Try making a to-do list and filtering out some of the non-priority tasks in order to help focus and manage everything

If you want to talk about how you're feeling, get in touch with SU Advice by clicking below.

I'm feeling isolated

 
  • SU Advice are here to help – we can talk about specific issues or even just the weather! They can give free, confidential, independent and impartial advice, book an appointment by emailing suadvice@essex.ac.uk or drop in on the social hour on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm (Zoom ID 565-702-6431)
  • Consider joining SU Societies or Sports teams, they're a great way to meet people. With over 110 societies, from Arts, Activities, Cultures, Departments, Music, Politics to Religions and more. Plus, if there's not something for you, we'll help you set up your own
  • If Sport is more your thing, we have over 40 teams for you to train, compete and socialise with
  • There are loads of SU events, including online, where you can meet new people and enjoy student life. Check out all the SU events for Colchester here and SU events for Southend here
  • The Uni holds lots of online events too, keep an eye on their website for events that interest you, they could be a great way to meet others with the same interests
  • Res Life have been putting on lots of activities for students. Whether you're living on or off campus or if you're studying remotely, have a look at online events on their Facebook page and meet other students
  • If you just want someone to chat to or a coffee and walk around campus together, we're here for you

If you want to talk about how you're feeling, get in touch with SU Advice by clicking below.

I'm struggling with online learning

 
  • Our SU education team are here to support you, with big changes to the way teaching is happening at Essex, as your SU we're here to support you and represent your academic interests to the Uni. We'll continue to help you get the best degree possible, contact us by emailing sureps@essex.ac.uk or by completing our Live Feedback Form
  • Speak to your department so they understand your concerns
  • If you feel your performance is impacted, SU Advice can support in completing extenuating circumstances forms and support completing a late submission extenuating circumstance form

I'm struggling with motivation

 
  • We understand It’s a challenge to make the distinction between work and down time when it’s all happening in the same physical space. Try keeping to a routine as much as possible, it is really important for both our mental health and our focus
  • Include regular breaks in your routine, especially if using the computer for long periods of time
  • Zoom study sessions may help you and your friends. You could arrange a zoom room, with cameras and mikes off for 45 mins whilst studying and then spend 15 mins having a chat which could be really good for helping to motivate each other

I'm struggling with mental health

 
  • The Uni’s Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS) support students with anything effecting their wellbeing mental health and they run drop-in sessions and can refer you to free services such as counselling. Further information on our service can be found here. You can request contact via telephone or Zoom by completing this form
  • Counselling Services:The University offers counselling sessions to students through Validium. Students can access counselling by:
    1. Completing an online counselling referral form
    2. Requesting a referral during a Drop-In session with one of our Wellbeing Assessors
    3. Requesting a referral through their Accessibility and Wellbeing caseworker if they have one. Further information about our counselling service can be found here
  • Student Wellbeing Support Line Provided by Validium, this is a 24 hour phone line, operated 7 days a week, 365 days a year, specifically for University of Essex students. The number is 0800 970 5020 (outside UK: +44 141 271 7168)
  • "vClub": is an online support option, available to all University of Essex students, provided by Validium. You can login online by using the login: UniofEssex and password: Wellbeingsupport
  • Silvercloud is an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) resource offering a range of mental health programmes
  • Local NHS Mental Health Helpline – NHS operate a telephone service open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you call you’ll speak to a professional in your local NHS mental health service who can discuss your current mental health needs and provide access to further support. Ring 111 and then select the Mental Health option
  • Samaritans – a confidential support service for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They run a free 24 hour telephone helpline on 116 123
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a service for men aged 15 to 35. They have a telephone support service that operates daily, 5pm – 12am on 0800 58 58 58
  • In an emergency or life-threatening situation you can get urgent medical support at the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. You can also call for emergency support by ringing 999 or 112 and requesting medical support. (If you are on the Colchester Campus please do not call 999 yourself but inform Campus Security on phone extension 2222 or 01206 872222 – the Campus Patrol officers can then support the emergency services to get to the right place on campus)