TARGETjobs and Student Minds: resources and services to support your mental well-being

Watch this TARGETjobs-hosted webinar for the UK’s student mental health charity Student Minds, to find out more about advice and resources to support your mental well-being.

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Studying and searching for jobs can be all-consuming and draining tasks at the best of times. However, when the difficulties of a global pandemic are added on top of these typical day-to-day struggles, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There has never been a more important time to make your mental health a priority, which is why TARGETjobs partnered with Student Minds to provide a webinar explaining what support is out there when you find your mental health suffering.

Watch this webinar to get an insight into what Student Minds and its new website, Student Space, can offer you to support your mental health. Student space is a collaborative mental health platform developed as a response to the specific problems young people are facing during the pandemic.

In the webinar, Alice Cooper, corporate funding officer at Student Minds, gives an overview of how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted student mental health. She shares insights into what is currently happening to students nationally, and explains a little bit about the University Mental Health Charter – a set of benchmarking principles developed by the charity that aims to hold universities accountable and help them to instil a whole-university approach to mental health.

Take a look below at our overview of the resources and services talked about in this webinar:

Options open to you via mental health peer support programmes

Engage in peer support groups, which are run by trained students with the help of Student Minds in different universities. There are four groups focused on different aspects of mental health: low mood and mild depression; eating disorders and body image; prevention (how you can instil practices to support positive mental health and well-being); and guidance and support for those looking out for someone else’s mental health.

Set up a peer support group. Check whether the groups mentioned above are running at your university and if the one that caters to your needs is active. If not, you might be able to start one yourself.

Read or contribute to the Student Minds blog. Reading the experiences and suggestions of other students might help to spark some ideas to look after your own well-being. Getting involved in the blog could also help to remind you that you’re not alone when managing your mental health.

Take a look at the Student Minds website for more information. TARGETjobs also has articles on supporting a friend struggling with mental health and looking after yourself while looking out for a friend.

Using support services

Taking your mental well-being into your own hands and doing all the things that you know work for you – as well as giving new ideas a go – might work. However, this often isn’t enough. As Alice says, ‘Building resilience and self-care can't be used as a stand-in for professional and specialised support. So, if you feel you need help, reach out to your GP.'

You can also get in contact with one of Student Space’s trained volunteers. Alice makes clear that these are intended to supplement – rather than replace – any NHS or university services, so make sure you know your mental health support options and make use of all of those you feel you need.

Take a look at the ‘support services’ section of the Student Space website to find out how you could gain free support from a trained Student Minds volunteer via phone, email, text or webchat.

Reading up

The Student Minds and Student Space websites provide plenty of information and advice articles for students and graduates on the subject of mental health. Alice highlights a couple that might be useful:

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