This is a challenging time for the whole Middlesex Community and the world beyond. These fast moving and challenging times mean that you will be experiencing changes to your studies, academic relationships, social and private life, and to your day to day routines.
There is regularly updated information on UniHub about accessing MDX support services in new ways and we will soon be releasing bespoke content on how you can maintain your wellbeing during this time. Whilst living through uncertainty and finding yourselves adapting to a global situation that is not in your control, there is one thing you can always control and that is how you respond and react to that situation.
As students and part of #TeamMDX we encourage you to respond calmly, kindly and by keeping your own and the health and wellbeing of others at the forefront of what you do. Please keep virtually connected with your peers. Check in on each other and offer support where you can. Be kind to everybody, especially those who may find themselves isolated physically but perhaps also socially. Also remember to reach out to us – your support services staff, lecturers and Personal Tutors during this time. We are here for you.
We are incredibly proud of the way in which the vast majority of you have responded and adapted to this ongoing situation. We would however encourage and remind all students that if they experience, hear of, or witness any kind of Xenophobic or race hate that they report this immediately to Care and Concern who will be on hand to support you and others. This kind of behaviour will not ever be tolerated. We are incredibly proud of our international, diverse and multi-cultural community and we appeal to you all to act in solidarity during this time.
If you experience any kind of hate crime and this does not relate to a member of the MDX community, we still strongly encourage you to report this to the police.
1) Download Fika, the emotional fitness app, with bespoke MDX packages and support for your emotional and mental health, and new workouts and content in response to challenges you may face in the light of Coronavirus. These include programmes to support remote study, anxiety, isolation, exercises to help take time for yourself, and whilst living in cramped conditions: staying motivated, getting back into the study zone and much more. You can find it on the App Store or Google Play. Use your MDX email account to access Premium content for free.
2) Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Reach out to friends, family, your lecturers and Personal Tutor.
3) Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. It’s important to keep a good routine of waking up and sleeping times. Exercise regularly and eat healthy food. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
4) Don’t spend too long each day looking at Coronavirus updates. Set yourself a time or a couple of times each day to read/watch updates and review practical guidance from trusted sources. Avoid listening to or following rumours that make you feel uncomfortable.
5) Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or uncomfortable beyond what is necessary.
6) If you receive regular support for your mental health, check in with your provider to see how this will be continuing.
You can read more tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing on the UniHub announcement, on the BBC, the mental health charity Mind, the student mental health charity Student Minds, and in this blog from Rethink Mental Illness.