Your wellbeing is your mental, physical and emotional health and we want to ensure that you're having the best time at University; be that with your studies or your personal life.
Making sure you're keeping yourself healthy is an important part of your wellbeing and there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure you stay free from colds, flu's and infections. Check out Public Health England for more information on staying well as a student and read the PHE Fact sheet.
We recommend registering with a GP as soon as you arrive at Middlesex or the UK. It's important not to wait before you're ill to do this.
If you're not sure what health service you need, download the Ask NHS app (available on Android and Apple) to get guidance on the best service for you.
While on campus, the security team should be your first point of call if you become ill or are concerned about your safety. You can call the security office on 020 8411 6200.
If you're living in halls, the staff are there to support you too.
If you haven't, speak to your current GP about getting vaccinated as soon as possible. We offer the MMR vaccination at our September Wellbeing Festival but it's best not to wait for this if you're concerned.
Your sexual health is another vital part of your wellbeing and is nothing to be embarrassed about. Just like your physical and mental health, you can take care of it through self awareness and taking precautions. However, if you're worried, there's plenty of support for you.
If you are sexually active, it's a good idea to be tested regularly for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). You can get tested for STIs at Sexual Health Clinics and certain pharmacies. They can also provide information and advice on sex, contraception and personal relationships.
Sexual Health London offer an online testing service which may mean that you don’t need to attend a Sexual Health Clinic in person.
If you've had unprotected sex or the contraception failed, you can get emergency contraception for free from your GP, most NHS walk in centres, sexual health clinics, some hospital A&E departments and Brook centres (if you are under 25). Certain pharmacies also offer emergency contraception but there may be a charge for it.
As well as STIs, its also important to safeguard against unwanted pregnancy. Using contraception is the best way to stay safe although they are not 100% effective so make sure you understand how your particular one works.
Taking a home pregnancy test can tell you if you're pregnant. You can buy pregnancy tests from most pharmacies or supermarkets or get one for free from sexual health clinics and Brook centres.
If the test is positive, you should make an appointment with your GP who will be able to confirm the result, explain the next steps and talk you through your options going forward.
Pregnancy can have an effect on your studies, completing placements, taking exams or meeting deadlines. We've created a quick guide to explain the services and support you can get while at university.
There are many charities and companies who also offer sexual health advice. FPA is one such charity that provides information around sexual health, relationships and topics such as consent, disability and sex.
Brook centres offers free sexual health information and contraception to people under 25.
We're here to support your mental health and wellbeing and if you feel that you might need a little more support, we have many ways to help you out.
You can refer yourself for support to the Counselling and Mental Health service or pop in for a chat at Sunny Hill House between 2-3pm, Mondays to Fridays.
You can also download Fika, a mental fitness app which is free exclusively to MDX students. Fika is designed to be used for a few minutes each day to maintain and develop your mental fitness, your confidence, and your ability to manage change and stress. MDX students also now have access to Big White Wall, an online support platform that gives you the opportunity to connect emotionally and anonymously with others, in a safe forum with 24/7 moderation by trained professionals. Big White Wall is great if you want a ‘deeper dive’ into your mental health and wellbeing. Both Fika and Big White Wall can be used independently to help you to stay feeling at your best through your time at MDX, or in conjunction with formal therapeutic support.
If you're immediately concerned about the mental health or wellbeing of a fellow student you should follow the Care and Concern procedure.
It's important that you try to keep a good sleep routine, especially around important deadlines and exams. You might feel tempted to pull an ‘all nighter’ before an exam but research shows you need between 6 to 9 hours of sleep to function properly. The amount of sleep you get also effects your ability to properly encode memories i.e. what you've just spent the day studying!
Being away from home can be the perfect opportunity to indulge in new foods and feed your sweet tooth. But just like getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet can make a world of difference to your studies. Getting a healthy diet doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be full of just salads and veg. If you're on the hunt for some easy and healthy recipes and advice, Nourished Life and Eat Well have some good pointers.