Anxiety: being around people and large groups at university
Jess talks about how her anxiety affects her ability to attend lectures, engage in large group activates and how she accessed support from her tutor.
Try breathing in fully as the shape expands, and exhaling until the shape contracts. Repeat until you feel calmer.
Moving image (GIF) that support breathing and distraction
This GIF supports deep breathing which can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and also help you to shift your focus and distract you.
Webinar: Managing stress and anxiety
All of us experience stress and anxiety from time to time. For some of us our stress and anxiety levels are more constant and can get in the way of healthy day to day functioning. Our stress and anxiety podcast shares some strategies to take with you and practice in your day to day life. Best of all it’s available to listen to whenever and wherever you choose.
Virtual Reality game to manage anxiety: DEEP for the Oculus Rift
Breathe in. The lights around you glow and intensify. Breathe out. The glow diminishes. Take a deep breath. You rise up and glide across the seascape.Find out more
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.Visit the eMC website
HeadMeds gives young people in the United Kingdom general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give you medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or anyone else who is supporting you about your own situation because everyone is different.Visit the HeadMeds website
Four popular anxiety apps:
- SAM app is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety. The app has been developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE Bristol.
- Headspace is meditation made simple. Install today to learn meditation and mindfulness in just ten minutes a day.
- Calm for iPhone and Android, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier.
- What's Up: When you're feeling apprehensive, use this app as a quick check-in tool to get perspective on your thoughts and feelings. This app offers plenty of grounding techniques and other mindfulness tips to bring you into the present.
- Anxiety UK live chat is staffed by volunteers with personal experiences of anxiety so you can rest assured that the person you speak to knows what it is like to live with anxiety.
- Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
- Anytime Advice and Mental Health Support Helpline is free to all University of Plymouth students. It provides practical information, resources, information about local services, counselling and web-based support.
Additional self-help resources
We also have a range of leaflets, presentations and audio files created by staff at the University that may be helpful.
Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- In-the-moment emotional and counselling support
- Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
- Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
- Completely independent from the university.
If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.
If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.
For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: