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    It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

    The theme this year is stress. As exam season is in full swing this is obviously a huge thing for students at the moment. Stress affects everyone in different ways, but however mentally healthy you are it's something everyone will feel from time to time. The official website is here, and things we'll be talking about on TSR include:
    Positive mental health
    Mental health at school
    Mental health at university
    Mental health in the workplace
    Exam stress
    Family, relationships and mental health
    Beyond stress and anxiety: other mental health conditions

    If you have any ideas of what you would like to be done or want to make something yourself then let us know. The more discussion we can get going the better! A list of threads will be kept below and updated each day, and you can see what we did in 2016, 2017 and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge too.

    You can also download a special mental health awareness week avatar to show your support...
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    If you need urgent help, please call the Samaritans and contact a health professional. Less urgently there's information on the Mind or Rethink websites and also free helplines Nightline and Childline.

    Lets get talking!
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    Thread list!

    Nightmares by CoolCavy
    Which songs help you destress? by TeeEff
    Mental health at university by auburnstar
    What causes you stress at school? by 04MR17
    How do you cope with stress at work? by 04MR17

    Mental health- who can you talk to? by Kindred
    How resilient are you? by BurstingBubbles
    How to support someone with their mental health by Kindred
    Looking after your mental health by Danny Dorito
    Experiencing stress at Oxbridge by The_Lonely_Goatherd

    Woman who worked 80 hour weeks for 6 month has a important message by Danny Dorito
    Postpartum psychosis by Charlotte's Web
    Stress in the workplace by Charlotte's Web
    Destressing techniques by Manitude
    Establishing a work/life balance when studying by barror1

    Last minute exam stress by Sonechka
    School stress strategies by Sonechka
    Oxford made me psychotic- AMA by The_Lonely_Goatherd
    I have trichotillomania- AMA by laurawatt
    The S diagnosis by Sabertooth

    Write a poem about mental health by 04MR17
    BPD by CoolCavy
    When is procrastination okay? by AmeliaLost
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    Yay! Great to see TSR supporting this again :grouphugs:

    Will try and write my stuff soon - please keep poking me about it! :poke:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Yay! Great to see TSR supporting this again :grouphugs:

    Will try and write my stuff soon - please keep poking me about it! :poke:
    Course we are! There's no rush at all, whenever suits you :hugs:


    On which note, first thread is up! Nightmares, by CoolCavy
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    Usually with exam stress, it's handled well by keeping on top of things and not procrastinating. :rolleyes: TSR helps ofc :yep:

    You need self discipline, and not a strict timetable (at least for me). A strict timetable makes one feel rushed and panicked if they are unable to complete the work load set for the time. Have a rough idea of what you want to cover and revise in the way you find the most effecient (varies for everyone).

    You need some down time to relax/socialise, to break up your revision and help you freshen up.

    Don't think of how much you've got left, rather remember how much you have done. Stressing will make you forget what you've learnt also.

    Really really short for time? Pick the topics you think are most likely to come up and revise them well and then briefly touch on the other topics.

    Not a fan of pulling all nighters, but if you have to because you've slacked the entire year or whatever reason you have, you should put an alarm every 10 mins to quickly go over all you've learnt so that what you've learnt sticks in mind untilexams are over... and if lucky in long term memory which is best in the long run.

    Do the best you can in the timeyou have now. Forget how much time you've wasted. Regret here is not going to help now, but remember the reget for the next academic year and stay on top of things frm the beginning.

    The usual exam jitters? Just remind yourself you've done what you can since the time you decided to knuckle down. Results are not the be all end all. Stay calm. Don't overthink. Good sleep, good food, a morning run or some exercise and some treats to motivate.
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    Hey do you still need any more writers? I did a piece on work/life balance for NCS last year so I'm up for contributing!
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    (Original post by SoulfulTwist)
    Usually with exam stress, it's handled well by keeping on top of things and not procrastinating. :rolleyes: TSR helps ofc :yep:

    You need self discipline, and not a strict timetable (at least for me). A strict timetable makes one feel rushed and panicked if they are unable to complete the work load set for the time. Have a rough idea of what you want to cover and revise in the way you find the most effecient (varies for everyone).

    You need some down time to relax/socialise, to break up your revision and help you freshen up.

    Don't think of how much you've got left, rather remember how much you have done. Stressing will make you forget what you've learnt also.

    Really really short for time? Pick the topics you think are most likely to come up and revise them well and then briefly touch on the other topics.

    Not a fan of pulling all nighters, but if you have to because you've slacked the entire year or whatever reason you have, you should put an alarm every 10 mins to quickly go over all you've learnt so that what you've learnt sticks in mind untilexams are over... and if lucky in long term memory which is best in the long run.

    Do the best you can in the timeyou have now. Forget how much time you've wasted. Regret here is not going to help now, but remember the reget for the next academic year and stay on top of things frm the beginning.

    The usual exam jitters? Just remind yourself you've done what you can since the time you decided to knuckle down. Results are not the be all end all. Stay calm. Don't overthink. Good sleep, good food, a morning run or some exercise and some treats to motivate.
    This is such an amazing post! I really want to say could you turn it into a thread in study help, it would help so many people! But thank you loving the new username too!

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    Hey do you still need any more writers? I did a piece on work/life balance for NCS last year so I'm up for contributing!
    This would be amazing! Yes please, if you don't mind we're a bit short on stuff for that theme atm anyway!


    Next thread: TeeEff's music when you're stressed!
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    This is such an amazing post! I really want to say could you turn it into a thread in study help, it would help so many people! But thank you loving the new username too!


    This would be amazing! Yes please, if you don't mind we're a bit short on stuff for that theme atm anyway!


    Next thread: TeeEff's music when you're stressed!
    Woops thought this was exam stress related :lol:
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    Hi,

    Just wanted to share this with you all. Our Digital Student Ambassador, Hayley has added her thoughts to this week's debate:

    Mental Health Awareness Week: Why the Term ‘Snowflake Students’ Should Be BANNED

    "Being called a ‘snowflake’ in a derogatory sense has been around for a while, and was in fact recognised in the Collins Dictionary in 2016 as the term for “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”.

    Great – so what on Earth does that have to do with mental health? How is it justifiable to refer to an individual as a ‘snowflake student’ if they are taking steps to maintain their mental health or get help for their issues?"

    Read Hayley's article in full

    Thanks, Shaun (Content Team)
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    (Original post by SoulfulTwist)
    Woops thought this was exam stress related :lol:
    It can be! There'll be more on that specifically later in the week though

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    Hi,

    Just wanted to share this with you all. Our Digital Student Ambassador, Hayley has added her thoughts to this week's debate:

    Mental Health Awareness Week: Why the Term ‘Snowflake Students’ Should Be BANNED

    "Being called a ‘snowflake’ in a derogatory sense has been around for a while, and was in fact recognised in the Collins Dictionary in 2016 as the term for “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”.

    Great – so what on Earth does that have to do with mental health? How is it justifiable to refer to an individual as a ‘snowflake student’ if they are taking steps to maintain their mental health or get help for their issues?"

    Read Hayley's article in full

    Thanks, Shaun (Content Team)
    This looks so good! And definitely necessary. Thank you
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    More threads for you all!

    Mental health at university by auburnstar
    What causes you stress at school? by 04MR17
    How do you cope with stress at work? also by MR!

    We also have a supercool avatar that you can use to show you support mental health awareness. You can download it in the OP, or copy from below!


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    Posting to subscribe so I can find this easily.
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    It can be! There'll be more on that specifically later in the week though


    This looks so good! And definitely necessary. Thank you
    Hi,

    Thanks for the positive feedback. We try to put as many mechanisms in place to help our students with any issues they might face.

    Another of our Digital Student Ambassadors has shared his thoughts and advice as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/staffsuni/v...6078595076068/

    Best wishes, Shaun (Content Team)
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    First threads of today! Well, last night but shh

    Mental health- who can you talk to? by Kindred
    How resilient are you? by BurstingBubbles
    How to support someone with their mental health, also by the awesome Kindred
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    This is such an amazing post! I really want to say could you turn it into a thread in study help, it would help so many people! But thank you loving the new username too!


    This would be amazing! Yes please, if you don't mind we're a bit short on stuff for that theme atm anyway!


    Next thread: TeeEff's music when you're stressed!
    It's written! Where do you want it posted?
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    For the sake of mental health... psychiatry must be curtailed.
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    (Original post by barror1)
    It's written! Where do you want it posted?
    Thank you so much! Career sectors and graduate employment could be a good one? That or mental health, entirely up to you
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    For the sake of mental health... psychiatry must be curtailed.
    What makes you say this?
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    The_Lonely_Goatherd has done an amazing post on experiencing stress at Oxbridge. You can find it here
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    The_Lonely_Goatherd has done an amazing post on experiencing stress at Oxbridge. You can find it here
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    Today's threads (sorry this is late!)

    Postpartum psychosis and stress in the workplace by Charlotte's Web
    Destressing techniques by Manitude
    Establishing a work/life balance when studying by barror1


    There's a huge range there! Go and check them out
 
 
 
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