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Happy LGTBQ+ History Month!

LGTBQ+ history month is well underway and as we might not be able to celebrate in ways we’d like to this year, I wanted to write a post that can still help mark this important event, and to shine a spotlight on LGBTQ+ history and culture! I’ve chosen to focus on the rainbow flag and its interesting history. Also, at the end of the post, I’ve included links to LGBTQ+ History Month events taking place at QMUL and externally.

Lockdown 3: checking in on our emotional wellbeing

Here we go again. That’s how I’m feeling anyway, and how many people I’ve spoken to are feeling too – family, friends, colleagues and students. What happened to the new year and leaving the difficulties of 2020 behind? Whether you are currently living in the UK or not, I imagine that you are in some way feeling the impact of the country being in lockdown again.

Taking care of your emotional and mental wellbeing during the exam period

The exam period can be a stressful and intense time. It is understandable to find it difficult to manage, to feel a range of emotions and/or an impact on our emotional and mental health. We are re-publishing this post to support you to think about ways during the exam period to support your emotional and mental wellbeing. These things may well be familiar to you but it can be helpful to have a resource to refer to when we have so much else to think about and remember…

Happy New Year! Now let’s review that new year pressure…

Hello 2021! I don’t think I’ve ever felt more excited by the passing of a calendar year. But this passing of time can be misleading – what does it really mean for us? It can indeed be a time for reflection on our year and lives more generally. But it can also be a time for putting pressure on ourselves to be new and improved versions of ourselves in a way that doesn’t do our emotional and mental wellbeing any favours…

Managing exam stress

Managing exams and assignments can feel overwhelming at the best of times but add recovering from a year like 2020 into the mix and stress can feel even more heightened. Many of you will now be preparing for upcoming exams online and so we are re-publishing this post to support you in managing exam stress. You might have already come across lots of helpful tips on how to manage pressure and stress at this time so some of the things included here might sound familiar to you. My hope for this post is to help you see stress differently, to experience it in such a way that it has less of an impact on you so you can feel better able to revise and sit your exams…

We wish you a restful holiday: looking after yourself this festive season

As we approach the holidays, take some time to think about how to look after yourselves over the break. You will need time off after this first term of the academic year but the Christmas and New Year break can itself end up being busy. So I thought it might be helpful to think about how we spend our time off, particularly this year…

How to stay motivated

This post was written by Majda Rogers, a CBT therapist who works in the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary. She works using a range of third wave CBT approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Compassion Focused therapy, to help students with anxiety, depression and other difficulties. As we near the endContinue reading “How to stay motivated”

The importance of feeling connected

As we enter another lockdown, I find myself thinking again about what is important for us all in feeling well, and feeling able to manage the changes and the adjustments that have become a part of life in 2020. At times, the sense of uncertainty can feel overwhelming, and it can also makes things feel unreal. For me, personally and as a counsellor, I come back to the importance of connection. Of feeling a part of something that keeps us in touch with ourselves, with others, with the world more generally, and which supports us in feeling grounded. In this post, I’m going to explore these different types of connection that hold importance in our lives, and think about how we might access them at the moment.

Breaking the Silence – Students without Family Support

We usually celebrate resilience. From the tv talent show contestant with the moving back-story to the successful entrepreneur who grew up in poverty, it seems we love to hear about those who thrive and succeed against all odds. Yet research shows that there are resilient and independent students who fear they will be stigmatised because of their experience…

Black History Month and Mental Health

This October is the 33rd anniversary of Black History month’s presence in the UK, which began as a way to celebrate the contributions Black individuals have made that are often forgotten or ignored by history. It is a chance for us to recognise and honour the achievements and resilience of Black people and other people of colour and an opportunity for people of different backgrounds to come together.

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