April is Stress Awareness Month
01 April 2022
Find out how ARU can support you in lowering your stress levels and improving your mental health
This year’s Stress Awareness Month will be centred around the theme of community.
The last two years have placed significant strain on the lives of many, with restrictions on social gathering and interaction isolating us all. In addressing this issue, ARU offers a variety of resources and services to support you in lowering your stress levels and improving your mental health. Keep an eye out for displays in our libraries this month promoting these resources and services.
ARU is home to a group of Peer Wellbeing Mentors who are also current students. They run social activities for you throughout the year, provide advice on a range of issues and signpost you to relevant support services within the university.
Alongside mentors, ARU also gives you information on and access to Silvercloud, an online program to manage stress, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, you’ll find guidance and ideas for keeping your mind and body well within the Library Health and Wellbeing Guide and our online collection of wellbeing literature.
You also have access to FIKA, a mental wellbeing app that can help you maintain good mental health and improve your mental fitness while studying at university.
Don’t forget that the ARU Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to all ARU students and offers a free and confidential service to promote mental health and wellbeing. They can provide 1-2-1 counselling sessions and have drop-in sessions. ARU also has lots on information on the Health and Wellbeing webpage.
Isolation is a key contributor to stress and to deteriorating mental health in general. It is therefore vital to continue to use the support offered by the ARU community as we emerge from this pandemic.