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Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-help resources to manage your wellbeing

The lockdown and general coverage of the coronavirus may be impacting existing circumstances or conditions you’ve been living with, or possibly triggering new symptoms.

It is likely that your usual face to face services are disrupted, so we wanted to ensure you knew where to get online support.

Please do contact us via with the subject title ‘SHINE’ if you know of any other resources that would be useful for us to add.

External resources
Self-care and anxiety apps

  • Wysa is an emotionally intelligent chatbot that employs research-backed, widely used techniques such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Yoga and meditation, to support users with stress, anxiety, sleep, loss and a whole range of other mental health and wellness needs.
  • Fabulous takes a holistic approach to motivate users to be more productive and have higher energy. The app is more than just a habit tracker, or a way to create new rituals – it’s a personal coach and happiness trainer.
  • Your.MD is a health tracker and symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, which has been developed by doctors and data scientists. It provides instant personalised health information and services, whenever and wherever it’s needed, for free.
  • eQuoo is an evidence-based Emotional Fitness Game, combining the excitement and joy of gaming and the expertise of mental health professionals to provide a new form of mobile prevention and therapy for young adults 18–28-years old.

Apps reducing pressure on the NHS

  • Ask NHS provides users with improved access to NHS services. Users can talk through their symptoms in complete confidence with Olivia, a virtual health assistant. If needed, Olivia will arrange for a call back from a 111 Nurse to discuss symptoms further. The app also allows users to search NHS approved healthcare advice.
  • Pharmacy2U allows patients to order and manage their NHS repeat prescriptions whenever and wherever they are needed. Pharmacy2U takes care of everything, from requesting prescriptions from the patient’s GP, to the delivery of the medication directly to the patient, for free.
  • Health Help Now lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for treatment, so that patients can find the right health service to use. The app also includes details of a number of useful websites and helplines for a variety of health problems.



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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!

Find out more about Togetherall

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. 

Living life to the full

Online course by Dr Chris Williams, a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow.

The CBT model has a proven effectiveness in helping people develop life skills that help them tackle feelings of low mood, stress and distress.

Visit the Living Life to the Full website

Top apps

  • SAM App: Self-help for Anxiety Management
  • Moodtracker: now you can get daily insights into your ups and downs and spot patterns in your mood and behaviour.
  • 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.


The W-Curve

It can be very normal for students to experience some periods of isolation when they start university.

The W-Curve highlights the common process we go through when adjusting to change.

Learn more about the W-Curve

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
  • QuietSphere - sign up for a newsletter and receive great tips and advice to help you prepare for this new and exciting time of life
  • 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.

What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal when usual services may be closed:

If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or immediately go to the Emergency Department at your local hospital. 

There is a university mental health advisor on duty Monday–Thursday 9:00–17:00 and Friday 9:00–16:30. You can contact them by calling 01752 587676

You can also contact campus security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have no immediate plans to harm yourself, the below services may be helpful:


  • UPSU Advice can help with appeals, academic dishonesty, complaints, extenuating circumstances and much more.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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.

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