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What are these Sunflower Lanyards?

Sunflower Lanyards are a subtle way to indicate that someone might need a little bit of extra support going about their day. It’s a new scheme introduced nationwide, and can be used by absolutely anyone who feels they need one – you do not have to provide proof of a disability, or justify yourself. The …

Things to do… which aren’t in Nottingham

Recently I had my brother up from London to stay with me and we found that we wanted to do something that was a bit… different. So, in looking up things to do in Nottingham, we found that there are some pretty cool places within an hour’s travel which are great for a day trip! …

10 tips for when things just aren’t so great

It’s been a long time since I’ve written something for this blog. I could say I’ve been on holiday lounging around in a tropical paradise (I wish) and snorkelling with turtles (I wish even more). But, in reality it’s been more like camping out in my room and swimming in pretty negative thoughts. Truth be …

Looking after your Mental Wellbeing over Summer

For those of us with mental health issues, the summer can be both a blessing and a curse: a blessing in terms of a chance to relax and switch off, but a curse in terms of being away from university support networks, friends and even possibly a sense of routine. I guess this blog is …

Being ‘Good Enough’

I haven’t posted for a while, but wanted to share something I’ve been working on to do with my own mental health in that time. I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last few months feeling a bit inadequate. Not really good enough. That’s no big change for me, I’ve always had low …

Dealing with Setbacks

Even the very best of us suffer setbacks. Big or small, it’s impossible to go through life without them. If we didn’t have setbacks, what would we have to measure our achievements against? Going into an examination period, and a time where students may start looking for graduate jobs or further study, the idea of …

Knowing Your Limits

One of the biggest things for me and building up my independence since starting at university, and something I am still working on now, well into my second year, is knowing where my limits are. I felt, when starting university, that it was important to push my boundaries and make the most of the new …

University Mental Health Day 2019: Use Your Voice

Today, March 7th, is University Mental Health Day. It is a day that means a lot to me, being a student who suffers from mental health difficulties. The theme this year is ‘Use Your Voice’. This can be done in so many ways: *Literally* use your voice to talk to people! Ask them how their …

Joining Societies at Uni

Joining a uni society was hands down one of the best decisions I have made so far into my 2ndyear. I was not a member of any in my 1styear, which meant my social circles were somewhat limited to people in my halls and on my course. I don’t think that this had the best …

When it isn’t quite Time To Talk

Today, February 7th, is Time To Talk day, a nationwide initiative to encourage everyone to talk about their feelings, and offer a safe space to talk about mental health. It’s really brilliant. My last blog post discussed in depth about ways you can talk about your feelings at university, to help get it off your …