It is important that you take care of yourself so that you do not fall ill – making sure your vaccinations are current and that you take care when preparing food will help keep you healthy, as well as having a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
• Alcohol – Fine in moderation, but excessive drinking can affect your work, social and personal relationships. If you’re worried about your drinking levels, call Drinkline on 0800 917 8282 - Mon-Fri 9am-11pm, Sat/Sun 6-11pm. The NHS has further information and advice.
• Drugs – Drugs are unpredictable and addictive, affecting lives severely, even to the point of death. If you need to talk to someone about drugs, the National Drugs Helpline is free phone and open 24 hours: 0800 776600. The NHS has further information and advice.
Alternatively, you can speak to one of our counsellors in confidence.
NHS Choices or NHS Direct are the best online resources to find out about all illnesses and how to deal with them. If you’re unsure what illness you have, there is a handy tool to help diagnose you or you can call NHS Direct at any time on 0845 4647 to speak to someone.
More information on infectious diseases that you should be aware about and where to find help are explained in the attached leaflet produced by the Health Protection Agency
College health protection leaflet
Meningitis can be a very nasty and sometimes fatal virus. So we would encourage you to read our simple overview of what to look for and how to protect yourself and your friends against this very nasty virus. See the link below.
•Rough Cuts Meningitis
Pregnant? Perhaps you’re confused about your next move and how to negotiate being a student parent. To help you out we’ve written a Rough Cut information sheet. It includes useful helpline numbers for support and advice as well as an introduction to the financial implications of having a baby.
• Pregnancy pdf
Illness goes beyond physical symptoms, however. There has been a growing recognition in the importance of having good mental health, especially amongst students who can be prone to suffering depression, for example. Asking for help is imperative if you are feeling low – no one will judge you for feeling this way.
The NHS, again, is a great resource as is talking to your GP, but you should also liaise with the Disability Support Service on ways in which we can support you through your studies.
Taking care of your health extends to your sexual health, too – whether it’s contraception, infections or pregnancy you are concerned about, the NHS and your GP are the best people to talk to. You can find your nearest clinic on their site.
It is recommended twelve weeks before travelling outside of the UK, you should contact a Travel Clinic to find out if there are any vaccinations or travel precautions you need to take. It is important to get immunised, even if the vaccinations aren’t compulsory, and take extra caution with food and water whilst abroad.