Health & Wellbeing

Our Health & Wellbeing page is full of resources to help you in a health crisis and to keep you well during your time in Dundee and beyond
Emergency Contacts

The following links offer support in a crisis, at any time, please reach out if you need help.

In case of Emergency, Dial 999.

Campus Security
Shout
Samaritans
Breathing Space

Living & Studying in Dundee?

In order to access NHS healthcare in Scotland it is essential that you register with a local GP. You should also register with a local dental practice so that you can receive NHS dental care when needed. There are a limited number of spaces for NHS clients, so you may need to try several dentists to find a space.

The University have created guides on everything you need to know when registering with a GP and Dentist in Dundee.

Register with a GP

Register with a Dentist

General Wellbeing

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible.

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site. Visit the link below to order/book a PCR test:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Staying Active

Keeping yourself active is a great way to maintain your physical and mental health. You don’t need to be a gym fiend to enjoy the benefits either. Simply getting out for a short walk every day can help lift your spirits and keep you feeling healthy.

One of the best things about Dundee is how accessible the countryside is and a number of great walking routes are on your doorstep, you can find out more here and here. If the green and wild isnt your thing, there is an abundance of things to do in Dundee within walking distance of campus.

If the warmth of the gym is more your thing you can join the Institute of Sport and Exercise. If you fancy taking up a sport either solo or as part of a team, you can join one of the Sports Unions many teams here.

Gambling

If you have a problem with gambling support to help you stop is available from a number of sources.

The NHS website can help you identify if you have a gambling addiction and helps you get the support you need here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/gambling-addiction/

GamCare offer support to help you stop and have a toolkit and other resources to help you cope here.

TopUniversities have an article about gambling as a student with how to identify and manage a gambling addiction here.

Mental Health

Support

Looking after your mental health is extremely important, especially whilst studying at university. Sometimes its good to talk things through with someone, and the counselling team are here to support you through whatever you are struggling with. More information can be found here: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-services/counselling/

Beyond the University you can also get help through your GP, Alternatives Dundee and Feeling Strong

Life Affecting University

If something has happened in your personal life and you’re now struggling to focus on University we can help.

The university understand that things happen outwith your control, and can have a negative effect on your studies. Stay on Course is a programme run by student services to help students get back on track with their studies. For more information, visit: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/get-help-stay-course

Loneliness

Feelings of loneliness and isolation can happen during your time at university. There are a number of ways to meet new people and make life long friends here in Dundee which can help with this and in turn can help you stay on course at University.

Joining a society can be a great way to make new friends with similar interests. Check out our societies page for more information on what types of groups you can get involved with, and how to get in touch with them at https://www.dusa.co.uk/get-involved/societies – you can also contact your VP of Student Activities and they can help you find the right one for you or even set up your own society.

Our Get Involved pages are a gateway to Volunteering and Fundraising too, an exciting way to meet people and make a positive impact.

If you’re looking to keep fit and meet new people you can join a sports team, head over to the sports union to find one that suits you: https://sportsunion.dundee.ac.uk/

We also host a number of events throughout the year which you can attend some free (and some with free food!). You can find out about these on our events page and facebook.

The Chaplaincy is another great way to connect with others, you can find out more here.

Peer Connectors are trained student volunteers who will listen to any concerns you have, provide support and give information, and are here to help you settle into university life.

The Global Room is a social space on City Campus for all students to relax, meet new people and celebrate cultural events. Find out more here.

Stress
University can be a stressful experience, as well as being fun and exciting. You may feel stressed about exams, deadlines, living with people you do not get on with, or thinking about the future.
Stress is a natural feeling, and can help you in small doses. Over a long time however it can lead to depression and anxiety.

Our self care wheel is a simple guide to help you unwind and manage stress. The NHS website has valuable resources to help you manage stress and can be accessed here.

Work Life Balance

Feeling more like simply being alive than living? Sometimes having a work/life balance that is off can be to blame.

Whatuni has a great guide to help you fix the imbalance here.

LIVE Smart, LEARN Smart

The University have a range of tools to help you manage during your time in Dundee. You can access them here:

https://libguides.dundee.ac.uk/livesmart

Sexual Health

Recognise STI's

If you are sexually active whilst at university, it’s important to recognise the symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The NHS website has a multitude of resources you can use to help you identify them here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/

STI Testing

If you think you have contracted an STI there are a number of places that you can get tested, free and without judgement.

Your GP can offer a free and confidential testing. You can also get at-home testing kits from most pharmacies in the city.

A list of Dundee based services can be found here:

 

Emergency Contraception

If you have sex without using contraception or think your contraception might have failed there are options available.

Sexual Health Tayside have this page which tells you what there are, and where you can access them.

https://www.sexualhealthtayside.org/sexual-health-relationships/contraception/emergency-contraception/

Pregnancy

Have you just found out that you’re pregnant and don’t know what to do?

Making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult, and sometimes it’s easier to talk through things with someone. Alternatives Dundee Youth provide a safe and confidential space to speak to someone outside of your situation, and can point you in the direction of the support you want: https://alternativesdundee.org/

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