COVID-19: Resources for students
This section provides students with access to a range of resources and advice to help you and your family and friends stay safe, and look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
General COVID-19 guidance
This factsheet provides advice and guidance for students on a range of scenarios relating to COVID-19.
This flyer and video advises people to avoid car sharing during COVID-19 but shows the steps to follow to reduce the spread of the virus if you can't avoid car sharing.
Mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 resources
Lifeline 24hr counselling 0808 808 8000
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland free-to-call crisis counselling helpline that provides immediate support for those in crisis, distress or despair and struggling to cope. Lifeline is available to anyone across Northern Ireland 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Lifeline can also provide advice for people who are concerned about someone else who is in distress.
This resource is full of practical tips and information on managing stress and achieving and maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also contains a comprehensive list of helpful local organisations and websites.
The Minding Your Head (MYH) website has a range of information and resources to support and enhance your mental and emotional wellbeing, information on how to help others, and how to access help and support when needed.
From the MYH Homepage you can access the CovidWellbeingNI Hub, an online wellbeing space that brings together a range of information, resources and self-help guides.
You will also find details on mental health courses that are available including free online Stress Control classes, accessed directly here.
There is also access to a range of approved apps for fitness, nutrition, sleep and mental health.
This leaflet offers tips on supporting your mental and emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Your university or college also has a range of dedicated resources to support your mental health and wellbeing:
Details of helplines that were set up in response to COVID 19 covering range of issues, such as the COVID-19 Community Helpline, befriending helplines, psychological support .
This resource provides advice on safer drinking while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Importantly during this time, alcohol and drug support services are still operating. Many of them offer over-the-phone help so you can still keep to social distancing guidelines.
Are you aged up to 25 years and attending university for the first time?
This booklet explains about the Meningitis ACWY vaccination that is offered to young people starting university.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of meningitis and what to do should you or someone else experience these is extremely important as you will usually become seriously ill in a matter of hours. The conditions are rare but serious.
Make sure someone knows if you feel ill and keep an eye on your friends who feel unwell. It is important to keep checking someone who is ill so you know if they are getting rapidly worse and to keep looking for signs and symptoms. Seek medical help urgently if you become concerned about their or your own health.