From Michaelmas term 2018, Heads Up Durham is beginning to run peer support groups for people struggling with their mental health, particularly anxiety and low mood. You do not have to be diagnosed to attend and no-one, including colleges, academic staff, your GP or your parents will be informed. Things will be kept confidential unless we believe you or someone else is at risk, in which case we will have to inform someone but this won’t be done without your permission.
The groups do not exist to give you professional help or guidance – if this is what you are looking for, then we recommend you talk to your GP or any other find other suitable help listed on our resources page. The purpose of the groups is to provide a space for people with similar experiences to support and listen to each other. The facilitator is there to guide the direction of conversation to ensure it is useful and to avoid triggers. The facilitator has been appropriately trained to lead these sessions by Student Minds.
– You have to be 18 to attend
– You have to be a student at Durham university
This is a structured programme which will encourage you to set achievable goals on improving your stress management, daily routine, relaxation, exercise, socialising etc. Participation is encouraged but not forced.
Please message the Facebook page ‘Durham University Peer Support’ for more information or clarification (your message will be deleted after reading for confidentiality reasons). For updates please give the page a like!