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COVID-19 Wellbeing Advice

COVID-19 Wellbeing Advice

Published: 19th March 2020, 9:30am

Kirsten Jolley, President of Wellbeing and Diversity

As a Students’ Union, we understand that the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is not only an uncertain time, but one that can cause stress, anxiety and upset.

Your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your physical health, which is why we have put together a series of Wellbeing related FAQ’s to help answer any worries or concerns that you may be having in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Although the Students’ Union building will be closed physically from 4pm on Friday 20 March, staff will continue to work to ensure that students are supported and represented. We will be contactable via email and social media to help you with whatever queries you may have at. You can find the staff directory here.

Ensure that you regularly check the NHS and University websites regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the latest updates regarding your health and education. Look after one another by checking in with your mates with a text or a phone call. We are often quick to slate social media, but it can be a source of positivity during this time. Use it to support yourself, your friends and your family.

Be kind and take care.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

The ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is understandably going to cause stress and anxiety.  In addition to this, it may be a trigger for many mental health conditions. Above all, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be okay! We understand that your mental health may be affected during this time and if you need any further advice or guidance, we have included some useful pages and contacts below.

  • Mind (advice for specific mental health conditions)
  • BBC (general advice for mental health and wellbeing)
  • York St John University Wellbeing Team: [email protected]
  • Samaritans: 01904 655888
  • Nightline: 01904 323735


Physical Health and Fitness

The current, up to date advice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the NHS can be found here. It is incredibly important that if you, or a housemate, has any of the symptoms that you follow the guidelines provided. Further information on what do if you have or think you may have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can also be found on the NHS website.

The Government has advised that people should stay indoors as much as possible. This can make staying active hard, especially if you are the outdoorsy type of person or are a regular at the gym! It is important to follow the Government's advise to protect yourself and others. However, below are some useful tips and tricks on how to stay active indoors!

  • Results Wellness Lifestyle will be streaming free workouts on Instagram for the next two weeks. You can find their timetable here.
  • YouTube is a great platform to access many free health, wellness and fitness videos that you can take part in at home. Make sure you head over and take a look!
  • Apps such as Peloton are offering new subscribers a 90-day trial, rather than 30 days, to its app. You can try yoga, HIIT, stretching, strength training, and other classes.


Hate Crime

If you or anyone you know is a victim of a hate crime, please know that it is not acceptable, you are not alone and you will be listened to. The University has a hate crime reporting site, Report and Support, which allows you to report a hate crime to a welfare advisor or anonymously.

You can also report a hate crime to the police. If you find yourself in an emergency situation – always dial 999. In an non-emergency you can dial 101 or contact or visit your local police station. Even if you wish to remain anonymous, the information you provide may be vital in helping the police bring to justice the people who commit these crimes. Alternatively you can report a hate crime online by completing this form.

York St John University has a list of other organisations that can offer support and guidance to you if you have experienced a hate crime. Check them out here.



One of the most frustrating things about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic for many people is the change in lifestyle. Staying indoors can make it harder to maintain social commitments. However, it is still possible to stay connected with your pals. Check out this article which has some innovative ideas on how to socialise digitally. Some of the content it covers includes online movie nights and virtual home workouts!



Loneliness is a horrible thought for many. We don’t want to be lonely, we hate the thought of relatives being alone and we don’t want to think of our friends being cut off from the outside world with everything that is going on right now. Below are some useful tips to help you look after yourself, but also your family and friends!

  • Check in with those you haven’t heard from in a while. It could be a text or a call, but it shows you care and can have a significant impact!
  • Use social media to stay in touch.
  • Invite them to do something, it could be to play a game online or an online movie date.
  • Listen. If someone is feeling lonely, they might not always want to open up, but sometimes they will! If you actively listen you can empower them to talk about what’s on their mind.

The Campaign to End Loneliness has more useful information about combatting loneliness which can be found here.



The current advice from the Government is that you should not travel unless it is deemed as essential. Below are signposting links so that you can make sure you are in the know and clued up on travelling, and your rights, during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.


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