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Here you'll find a range of apps and online resources to help you take simple steps to look after you mental health, improve your mental wellbeing and support others.

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UCLcares

Learn more about how you can look after your mind, body and those around you with our top tips, tricks and articles. Topics include connecting with others, keeping moving and expanding your horizons.

Visit UCLcares and explore the blog.


Here to Support You guide

Learn about all of UCL's support services and those offered in our Students' Union and elsewhere in the 'Here to Support You' guide.


SilverCloud

SilverCloud is a free online resource of self-paced psychoeducational and CBT programmes for mental health, wellbeing and chronic health issues, available to all UCL students. 

Find out more about SilverCloud here.

Sign up for SilverCloud and explore the programmes (UCL login required).


Wellbeing Workshops and 1-to-1 Peer Support

Students' Union UCL and PsychUP for Wellbeing have launched a brand-new peer support intervention. You can book 1-to-1 support with their trained Peer Link Workers, view pre-recorded wellbeing material and join live online follow-up sessions. Topics covered include stress and relaxation, assertiveness and perfectionism. 

For more information and to sign up, please visit the SU website.

If you have any questions, please contact su.peerlink@ucl.ac.uk.


Active Bystander training 

UCL is saying Full Stop to all forms of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct – we all can play a role in ensuring our campus is safe and respectful for all. 

You can help put an end to sexual violence at UCL by learning about consent in this brief training course and then ensuring you always get consent from your sexual partners. 
An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses unacceptable behaviour, but who chooses to act and challenge that behaviour in order to disrupt a potentially problematic situation or keep it from escalating. A bystander can prevent as well as deal with the potential outcome. 

If you are a student, you can participate in the Active Bystander program delivered by the UCL Students Union. 

Access the Active Bystander training now


I Heart Consent training 

We want all our students to complete this sexual consent online training course – join UCL and Students’ Union UCL in the ‘I ❤ Consent’ campaign and encourage your friends to complete the course as well.  

The training is relevant for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or belief. 
The aim of the training is to empower us to shape healthy, positive and respectful relationships with others in the UCL community and beyond. 

What’s covered?  

Topics covered in the training include: 

  • definitions of sexual consent 
  • myths and facts 
  • capacity to consent 
  • freedom to consent  
  • legal definitions 
  • responding for survival 

The module should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

Complete the training now (Moodle) 

If for any reason you’re unable to access Moodle, you can also complete the training through this web version


General mental health and wellbeing  

The resources below can help you with things such as stress, anxiety and depression. You can also find guided programmes on mindfulness to help you improve your self-care practice. 

10 Minute Mind 

By signing up to the free 10 Minute Mind programme, you'll receive daily guided mindfulness practice to help you manage your stress levels and increase your focus and overall feeling of well being and happiness. 
10 Minute Mind was developed by staff from UCL Student Psychological and Counselling Services
Sign up to 10 Minute Mind.  

Calm 

A free app that teaches mindfulness, calming techniques and meditation with the aim to improve mood. Includes in-app purchases. 
Download Calm for iOS from the App Store
Download Calm for Android from Google Play. 

Every Mind Matters 

The NHS campaign promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across all different communities, Every Mind Matters includes a personalised mind plan based on your responses to a quick 5-minute survey. You'll then be sent a variety of information and resources and regular reminders to help you look after your mental wellbeing. 
Visit the Every Mind Matters website and complete your mind plan.  

MindSET 

MindSET is a free, interactive online resource to help young people (16-30yrs) manage their feelings of anxiety and distress and when feeling overwhelmed. It’s hosted by young mental health advocates and experienced therapists, sharing concrete skills and tools that can be used immediately.  

MindSET provides... 

  • A weekly ‘MindSET Hour’ – a live session hosted by young people working alongside experienced and qualified mental health professionals. 

  • Access to recorded highlights each week in the MindSET Library. 

  • The MindSET Workout – Illustrations sharing skills, exercises and ideas to help regulate emotions and manage distress.  

  • MindH@ck – a 1 minute ‘how to’ video showing skills in action 

Take a look at out previous sessions on YouTube and gain an insight into the kind of skills and approach being offered. 
Find out more and access MindSET 

SilverCloud

See information above.

Student Health App 

Developed by Expert Self Care, the Student Health App provides easy access to a wealth of information on mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health and other subjects. This app provides information tailored to UCL students. 

Download the Student Health App for iOS from the App Store. 

Download the Student Health App for Android from Google Play. 

WellMind app 

The free WellMind app from the NHS that provides advice and tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing. The app allows you to monitor moods, get crisis help and use relaxation audio tracks. 

Download the WellMind app for iOS from the App Store. 

Download the WellMind app for Android from Google Play. 


Anxiety and worry 

Anxiety UK 

Supporting those who experience an anxiety disorder with a range of services and resources, online peer support groups and therapist-led anxiety management courses. 
Visit the Anxiety UK website.  

Read more about anxiety from external organisations providing support here. 


Bereavement  

Restoring Hope leaflet 

This leaflet is about what you can do to help yourself, how others can help you, how you can help other people who may be struggling to cope after the death of someone close, and where you can get more advice and support. 
Read the Restoring Hope leaflet. 

Child Bereavement UK 

Support for young people, up to the age of 25, who have experienced a bereavement. This site also includes Android and Apple apps that help you cope with bereavement. 
Visit the Child Bereavement UK website. 

What's Your Grief? 

What's Your Grief? offers an online supportive community, resources including online short courses, and discussion about grief.  
Visit the What's Your Grief? website. 

Explore further support available to you from external organisations, including counselling, practical advice and local services. 


Self-harm

distrACT app 

Developed by Expert Self Care, the distrACT app provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm. It was created by practising medical doctors together with young adults and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention. 

Open the app to find the following sections, with reliable answers to your questions in plain language – anywhere, anytime, and in private: 

  • About self-harm: Check out what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and how to spot the warning signs. 
  • Self-help: Learn how to identify your needs, manage the urge to self-harm and use safer alternatives. 
  • Support: Find out about how to get support, where to go for further help, and what to say. 
  • Chill zone: Discover new resources that may help you feel better when you're struggling or feeling tense, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos. 
  • Emergency: Know what to do in an emergency, how to access help and how best to work together with health professionals. 
  • The distrACT app has been created by practicing medical doctors together with young adults and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention. 

Download distrACT for Apple devices from the App Store
Download distrACT for Android devices from Google Play

Explore further support available to you from external organisations, including counselling, practical advice and local services. 


Sexual misconduct, domestic violence, bullying and harassment 

Bright Sky

Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone who might be. Includes a questionnaire to assess the safety of a relationship, plus a section on dispelling myths about domestic and sexual abuse. 

Download the Bright Sky app. 

Report + Support

If you’ve witnessed or experienced harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct, you can report this anonymously on Report + Support. You can also find information and resources about support available here. 

If you are comfortable with providing more details about the incident and your contact details, you will receive a follow-up and will be guided to access further support from  advisers, who can:  

  • talk through UCL's procedures 
  • inform you on how to make a complaint 
  • let you know what support is available 

For advice and support on filling out these reports, you can contact Students’ Union UCL’s Advice Service

You can also get in touch with the Students’ Union UCL Women’s Officer, Aarushi Menon, who leads campaigns to support women students across the university, and can also advocate on your behalf.   


Suicidal thoughts

Below is a list of useful resources to support those experiencing suicidal thoughts, along with suggestions for training to help you support others. 

Apps 

Stay Alive app  

A free Apple or Android app that provides access to national helplines, a personalised mini-safety plan, and guidance on how to help others who may be suicidal. 

Find out more about the Stay Alive app and download.  

Jason Foundation - 'A Friend Asks' app  

A free information and resources app for Apple and Android to help yourself or to prevent the suicide of someone you know. Includes a ‘Get Support Now’ section for crisis situations.  

Find out more about the Jason Foundation - 'A Friend Asks' app and download.  

Recommended training  

'Let's Talk' suicide awareness training  

This is a free training course from Zero Suicide Alliance focussing on suicide awareness, including the following: 

  • How to spot the signs 
  • How to have a conversation about suicide using scenarios 
  • Personal stories to further reinforce the importance of being suicide aware 
  • The training takes approximately 20 minutes to complete 

Take the 'Let's Talk' suicide awareness training.  

Public Health England (PHE) e-module  

This new training resource hopes to raise vital awareness of suicide for the wider public health workforce, including those in health, social care, the charitable sector and the public. This e-learning package provides information about suicide and what we can do to help prevent it. 

Launched on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the 'We Need to Talk about Suicide' initiative, developed jointly by Health Education England and PHE highlights the impact of suicide on individuals, families and communities. 

Everyone has a role to play in asking about suicide – and you don’t need to be an expert in mental health to do it. If you are worried about someone don’t be afraid to talk to them, you won’t make things worse, and you can only help. 

The training takes approximately 1 hour to complete. 

Visit the Public Health England (PHE) e-module