Resources for Students
We understand that coronavirus has brought a lot of change to your university experience such as remote studying and uncertainty over the future. Explore our student specific resources below for information and guidance during this time.
We understand you may now be working and accessing your education online; Mind have created some guidance around online safety and privacy. The guidance explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support.
Student key workers
Across the UK students and staff are working as key workers to support the nation during the coronavirus outbreak. If you have to leave your house to go to work it may feel like a difficult and stressful time. Mind have produced helpful guidance to support key workers to take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
There are currently changes for many healthcare students, the Office for Students are regularly updating guidance and answering key questions to support you during these changing times.
Final year medical, nursing and midwifery students across the UK are currently being asked to start work to support patients and the NHS during these challenging times. This is optional, and no student, whatever their decision or circumstance, will be disadvantaged. It is important that you make the choice that is right for you, and you do not have to enter work early if you do not feel prepared or confident. You can speak to your university if you have any specific questions.
For those students who have decided to join the frontline of this pandemic and are stepping up to join the NHS before your time, thank you. We understand that working in healthcare during this time can put your mental health under pressure. When caring for others, remember to also take a moment each day to consider your own wellbeing and needs.
As an international student you may have lots of questions about what the Covid-19 pandemic means for you. For instance, you may be concerned about your visa status, attendance monitoring, your accommodation or what happens with your tuition fees.
We recommend that you keep in touch with your university, your students’ union, and your accommodation provider, who will be able to provide assistance specific to your situation. This applies whether you have remained in the UK or returned to your home country.
As a student graduating this year you may have lots of questions about what the Covid-19 pandemic means for you. You may be concerned about your future job prospects, the graduate job market or what happens when you leave university.
We recommend that you keep in touch with your university’s careers and employability services who will be able to provide support specific to your situation.
NextStep Support have created an online resource for students graduating to give advice on job hunting during the pandemic. This includes webinars, virtual careers fairs and employer updates from various sectors.
Student Minds Blog: Daisy shares her top tips for looking after your wellbeing whilst searching for a graduate job.
Xenophobia and racism following Covid-19 concern
We are aware during this period of uncertainty and worry that there have been multiple reports of incidents of xenophobic and racist violence across the UK, particularly against people of East Asian origin. Hate and discrimination is never acceptable. If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of any kind of hate crime, report it and seek support if you need it.
YoungMinds have produced some helpful guidance to support people to take care of their mental health and wellbeing if they’ve been affected by racism. There are services available throughout the UK which offer free counselling specifically set up to serve the BAME community: The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network.
Be sure to familiarise yourself with your university's policies regarding misconduct, discrimination and violence and follow their guidance accordingly. You should be able to find guidance on where & how to report incidents and where & how to receive support on your university's and Students’ Union’s websites.