Looking after your Mental Health
It’s easy to overlook the importance of mental health and the effects it has on you and your body. Mental Health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with the ups and downs of life. Mental health affects us all. How we think and how we feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough time. It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, community and friends. It is also closely linked with our physical health. We all have mental health, and it is important that we look after it. Mental health varies from maintaining positive mental health to time or distress and periods of depression to very serious mental health illnesses.
Are you stressed? Feeling overwhelmed? Feeling low?
There have been a lot of changes for us all in recent weeks with the lifting of restrictions, a new semester, new timetables, commuting, maybe spending more money than before, more socialising etc. While these things can be great and exciting, they can also be overwhelming, confusing or leave us feeling low and lonely. This is not uncommon and, in many ways, to be expected, but experiencing these feelings long term can impact on our academic and work performance, our relationships and, most importantly, our own wellbeing. One way of looking at these issues and building skills and awareness to improve our wellbeing is by using an online support, such as Silvercloud.
What is Silvercloud?
Silvercloud is digital mental health platform that has recently become available to students and staff of MTU. It provides eight programmes based on differing mental health worries that you can explore anytime, anywhere at your own pace. It is completely anonymous and confidential and allows you to learn about and find ways of managing the issues that are most significant to you.
What programmes are available?
There are eight Silvercloud programmes currently available to students and staff of MTU. These are:
- Space from Stress
- Space for Positive Body Image
- Space for Resilience
- Space for Sleep
- Space from Alcohol
- Space from Money Worries
- Space for Mindfulness
- Space from Covid-19
How do I access Silvercloud?
Students can access Silvercloud at https://mtu.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
Staff can access Silvercloud at https://mtustaff.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
Does it work?
Silvercloud research shows that 68% of those who completed a programme showed significant improvement in that area. You can also track your own progress as you go to see where you’re making improvements.
What if I have questions or need more support?
As always, if you have any questions or need more support in any of the areas listed above, don’t hesitate to contact us in student counselling by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our webpage at http://www.mycit.ie/counselling to see what other supports are available.
Ok, sounds good, what’s the first step?
At this moment, there are many students and staff using Silvercloud to improve their sleep, resilience and body image, among other issues. Click on the link above to log onto the student or staff site and do the ‘wellbeing quiz’ to see which programmes would be best. Then make a cup of tea, put your feet up and start the programme you feel is right for you. Enjoy!