New support initiative for students
Everyone experiences stress in some form at various times in their life.
While not all stress is bad, if it reduces sleep and other normal functioning through anxiety, low mood and so on, it can be helpful to ask for support. The University of Newcastle Health Service is one avenue on campus to support students at these times. The recently introduced Care Infoline is another.
The Care Infoline offers students information and guidance to point them in the direction of the most appropriate form of support – whether that be Counselling, the chaplaincy, or medical. Through the Care Infoline, students can be directed to websites that offer help if they prefer that option, rather than talking face to face with someone.
The number for the Care Infoline is 49 217938. An experienced clinician answers the line, and will provide options to callers to match the particular challenge students are facing.
This service will be promoted widely throughout the University over the next few months, on digital monitors, Lecture theatre screens, student sites and so on, especially during Mental Health Month.