From the SMaRteN Student Teams
How are you responding to the Covid-19 lockdown? While for some it is a much-appreciated break from the speed and noise of normal life, it brings uncertainty and anxiety to many others. At SMaRteN, the Student Mental Health Research Network, we’ve been thinking about what you can do to look after your mental health.
Sometimes you will know left from right, but often you may wonder what right even is. As we face this global pandemic, most of what we knew seems to not make the cut. Nothing seems right enough, at least not to hold onto. Everything is changing. We have been reminded that we are fragile. In this context, it is only to be expected that you might have to do more than usual to take care of your mental health. The Student Research Team share what they are doing to take care of their emotional well-being at this unusual time:
Our message: don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are now powerless, just because you can’t go out, you’ve got this! In Einstein’s words “energy cannot be destroyed or created”, all we can do is change its form.
Now you are indoors, what will you do with your energy?
If you are looking for more advice and support for your mental health, visit www.studentminds.org.uk and dip into the Student Minds Covid-19 blog series for more tips and suggestions:
Michael Priestley is a PhD student at Durham University and co-chair of the SMaRteN Early Career Research Group.
Marta Ortega Vega is a final year Psychology undergraduate student at King’s College London. She is currently a member of SMaRteN's Key Questions Project Steering Group, and she is passionate about promoting positive wellbeing with other students through peer support.
Katie Tyrell is a PhD student at the University of Suffolk and co-chair of the SMaRteN Early Career Research Group.
Elizabeth James is a second-year doctoral student of Counselling Psychology at Teesside University and a student mental health campaigner. Her research interests are in undergraduate student mental health, identity, mental time travel and help-seeking behaviours.
Eadie Simons is a second-year sport and exercise science student at the University of Lincoln, with a particular interest in the mental health of student athletes.
Connor Gayle is studying BSc Psychology (Educational and Developmental Psychology) at Nottingham Trent University. Through his participation in Student Mental Health research, he hopes to help stimulate the conversation about what many find important to living, as he finds that rarely gets dealt with.
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