SHINE is created by students, counsellors and researchers. Watch, read, listen, find apps and useful links to the best online resources and information about mental health and well-being.
Dave, Grace and Laura welcome you to the SHINE website.
Plymouth students talk about how they manage stress
Discover how students manage stress. SHINE asked current Plymouth students, what makes them stressed? Get advice from current University students about how they managed stress.
Togetherall is a safe, online, peer-to-peer community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall is designed to help you take control of your mental health and start to feel better. You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Togetherall is free and totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!
Fika – look after your own emotions and stay well
Find out how to download Fika, a mental health improvement platform, to help positively impact wellbeing and performance.
Documentary: A coffee with Rosie
Rosie talks to SHINE about her childhood experiences, mental health and what keeps her healthy.
Living life to the full
Online course by Dr Chris Williams, a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow.
- SAM App: Self-help for Anxiety Management
- Calm: you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier
- NHS self help leaflets on the apple store or on android.
It can be very normal for students to experience some periods of isolation when they start university.
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.
- Moodnudges - designed to lift your mood and raise your spirits, one gentle nudge at a time
- Greater Good Science Center - receive regular round-ups of articles, podcasts, and videos about the science of a meaningful life
- Linda Graham, MFT - get newsletters about modern brain science, relational psychology, and mindfulness practices to help you skilfully cope with life’s challenges.
- The Guardian article on the reading cure: Blake Morrison investigates the rise of bibliotherapy.
- The Worry Cure: Stop worrying and start living by Robert L. Leahy.
What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal when usual services may be closed:
- First Response (24/7 crisis phone line local to Plymouth)
- NHS 111
- SHOUT (crisis text service)
Head Space: out of hours local peer to peer mental health support for people who consider that they are approaching a mental health crisis
Head Space is extending its service from 6pm to midnight seven days a week. Please book an appointment:
Telephone or text: 07890257614
- UPSU Advice can help with appeals, academic dishonesty, complaints, extenuating circumstances and much more.
Chinese Lantern is a helpline that offers support to the Chinese community. It is available for staff, students and their families. Call 0808
802 0012, visit their website or connect on WeChat (WeChat ID: BACWG89).
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:
Andy's Man Club
A peer-to-peer support group for men
Andy's Man Club is a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing. Come have a brew and a chat. #itsokaytotalk
All our groups meet on Mondays at 19.00. Visit the Andy's Man Club website to find your nearest group.