Live video Q&A Loneliness and relationships – student wellbeing in COVID-19 lockdown

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Welcome to our third TSR Answers Live Q&A,
on Thursday 4th June at 4pm

Loneliness and relationships - student wellbeing in COVID-19 lockdown


Being a student in the middle of a global pandemic is tough. When we asked you what was affecting your mental health the most, loneliness was one of the top concerns, and we've also seen loads of you asking questions about relationships. Isolating without (and with) your significant other, starting new relationships and dealing with break ups is one thing; but, on top of that, many students are living in close quarters with siblings and parents and trying to find ways to deal with the added pressure that might be creating.

In this Q&A, we’ll speak to three experts:
Richard Graham: Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical Director at Good Thinking
Amber Newman-Clark: Education and Wellbeing Specialist at Brook
Rebecca Jackson: Suicide Prevention Advisor at PAPYRUS Prevention of Youth Suicide

I think this is a great chance for you to hear a bit about what other students are experiencing right now, perhaps the science behind how our brains react in these sorts of situations, and some practical advice from mental health and wellbeing experts. You can find out more about the panellists and their organisations over here.

We are looking for some quality questions to kick things off, so if you have anything on your mind or any concerns now will be a great time to reply in this thread.

Then come back here on Thursday, June at 4PM where our panelists will appear live at the top of the thread and will begin answering your questions.

Sign up for this session and the many others we will have lined up over the next few months here!

To view this event live you will need to become a member, sign up to TSR here!


As this Q&A is focused around sensitive topics, we have enabled anonymous posting for this event. This means you can tick 'post anonymously' when you made your reply, and your username will be hidden. Please be considerate and respectful in your posting, and consider using a spoiler tag for any triggering content. While this Q&A does include medical professionals and mental health/wellbeing experts, they will not be able to give specific medical advice. If the topics discussed in this thread or Q&A have affected you in any way, please reach out to any of the organisations listed above, or you can get in touch with The Samaritans.
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Do you have any advice on ways to make virtual relationships satisfy our need for connection in a more similar way to real-life?
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Do you have any tips for people trying to balance being there for someone (or multiple people) with looking after their own mental health and other relationships?
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What advice would you give to someone like me who normally is quite an over thinker in general. But during this lockdown tends to be worrisome and over analyses every little detail about my relationship with my loved ones in the past, that others would consider insignificant and trivial but I can't help but over scrutinise these little details which could potentially react how I form a relationship with others in the future.

Sorry, I am not too good at explaining my thoughts.
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I feel so anxious about keeping up friendships but also keeping social distancing rules and not getting ill. I am an anxious person anyway very worried about health and i have been so careful about lockdown, but now we can meet with people im scared about them getting too close or coughing and i would get the virus, but i also hate being in my room at home and lonely without seeing anyone. Im in a catch-22, and i would like to know how I can loose some of my anxiety and not loose my friends by refusing to see or speak to anyone outdoors, because i have to go out sometime.
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Not at all. Been in a long-distance relationship for three years now, and despite lockdown preventing me from seeing my partner since February 2020, nothing has changed between us.
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What should I do if my friends and I are drifting but I don't want to keep making the first move to keep in touch?
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What tips do you have to continuously make sure your mental health is at a satisfied level?
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Welcome to our third TSR Answers Live Q&A,
on Thursday 4th June at 4pm

Loneliness and relationships - student wellbeing in COVID-19 lockdown


Being a student in the middle of a global pandemic is tough. When we asked you what was affecting your mental health the most, loneliness was one of the top concerns, and we've also seen loads of you asking questions about relationships. Isolating without (and with) your significant other, starting new relationships and dealing with break ups is one thing; but, on top of that, many students are living in close quarters with siblings and parents and trying to find ways to deal with the added pressure that might be creating.

In this Q&A, we’ll speak to three experts:
Richard Graham: Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical Director at Good Thinking
Amber Newman-Clark: Education and Wellbeing Specialist at Brook
A representative from PAPYRUS Prevention of Youth Suicide

I think this is a great chance for you to hear a bit about what other students are experiencing right now, perhaps the science behind how our brains react in these sorts of situations, and some practical advice from mental health and wellbeing experts. You can find out more about the panellists and their organisations over here.

We are looking for some quality questions to kick things off, so if you have anything on your mind or any concerns now will be a great time to reply in this thread.

Then come back here on Thursday, June at 4PM where our panelists will appear live at the top of the thread and will begin answering your questions.

Sign up for this session and the many others we will have lined up over the next few months here!

To view this event live you will need to become a member, sign up to TSR here!


As this Q&A is focused around sensitive topics, we have enabled anonymous posting for this event. This means you can tick 'post anonymously' when you made your reply, and your username will be hidden. Please be considerate and respectful in your posting, and consider using a spoiler tag for any triggering content. While this Q&A does include medical professionals and mental health/wellbeing experts, they will not be able to give specific medical advice. If the topics discussed in this thread or Q&A have affected you in any way, please reach out to any of the organisations listed above, or you can get in touch with The Samaritans.
Advice for students who have been forced to move back home with an emotionally (sometimes physically) abusive parent? I don’t live far from my university, but I’ve been living in student flats in stead of commuting for many reasons—bad family relationships, trying to combat my social anxiety, easier access to university library etc. My classes in September aren’t going to be online, but I don’t know whether it is worth living in accommodation anymore since social distancing will still be in place. My mentor thinks it will aid my mental health to live away from home, but my accommodation is more expensive this year (it’s a studio flat) and I’ll have significantly less disposable income. At the same time, if I stay at home and my mum gets aggressive, I have no where else to go, even though I’ll probably have to move back in with her after university until I can get a job. Is it worth it or should I be more responsible and save money to prepare for life after university?
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Which activities would you recommend we do in order to distract ourselves so we are not left alone with our thoughts to overthink and stress?
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How do we keep up personal relationships with people outside of our households without losing feelings?
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Do you believe that people will have come through some kind of mental evolution regarding the way they have looked upon loneliness and people used to being lonely so far, and will this experience, possibly, have impacted the society from the point of view of human biology and the innate yearning for social contact?
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I was already suffering badly with my mental health before this started, and having to go through all of this alone has made it worse, I suffer from low self confidence and sometimes I lose the will to live. I just dont have too much hope nowadays, how do you think I can get through this?
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Welcome to our third TSR Answers Live Q&A,
on Thursday 4th June at 4pm

Loneliness and relationships - student wellbeing in COVID-19 lockdown


Being a student in the middle of a global pandemic is tough. When we asked you what was affecting your mental health the most, loneliness was one of the top concerns, and we've also seen loads of you asking questions about relationships. Isolating without (and with) your significant other, starting new relationships and dealing with break ups is one thing; but, on top of that, many students are living in close quarters with siblings and parents and trying to find ways to deal with the added pressure that might be creating.

In this Q&A, we’ll speak to three experts:
Richard Graham: Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical Director at Good Thinking
Amber Newman-Clark: Education and Wellbeing Specialist at Brook
A representative from PAPYRUS Prevention of Youth Suicide

I think this is a great chance for you to hear a bit about what other students are experiencing right now, perhaps the science behind how our brains react in these sorts of situations, and some practical advice from mental health and wellbeing experts. You can find out more about the panellists and their organisations over here.

We are looking for some quality questions to kick things off, so if you have anything on your mind or any concerns now will be a great time to reply in this thread.

Then come back here on Thursday, June at 4PM where our panelists will appear live at the top of the thread and will begin answering your questions.

Sign up for this session and the many others we will have lined up over the next few months here!

To view this event live you will need to become a member, sign up to TSR here!


As this Q&A is focused around sensitive topics, we have enabled anonymous posting for this event. This means you can tick 'post anonymously' when you made your reply, and your username will be hidden. Please be considerate and respectful in your posting, and consider using a spoiler tag for any triggering content. While this Q&A does include medical professionals and mental health/wellbeing experts, they will not be able to give specific medical advice. If the topics discussed in this thread or Q&A have affected you in any way, please reach out to any of the organisations listed above, or you can get in t
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Being in lockdown made me realise who my best friends were because I have lots of friends at school but now that I don’t see them anymore I’ve realised we weren’t that close. I do try to keep in contact with them but I feel like they have to meet me half way because I can’t keep trying and trying to start a conversation with them not really responding to me. Should I keep trying to keep in contact with them or should I just wait and see?

I’ve also felt that lockdown has actually strengthened the relationship between me and my close relatives with is a positive thing!😀
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hi do you think its fair thwt teachers get to decide on what grades the year 11s get because some of them might not of tried and
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what is the government doing to stop people from having mental breakdown in these time especially locked in homes 24 hours
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what is the government doing to prevent kids from abuse at home especially at these tough time locked in homes and they might nlt be able tk contact anyone because they are scared
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Dont you think it wasnt suitable for primary kids to go back to school as sats aint that important and secondary school kids should of been instead of them like people from year9 upwards because they need to do alot and work to do well in their GCSE and do you think the only reason the government done this so parents can go back to work and not worry about kids or is it something to do with having low percentage of catching the virus
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Do you have any advice on how to balance school life with home life?
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How often should you contact your friend(s) on WhatsApp? I don't want them to view me that I'm obsessed in them or desperate for attention.
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