Page written and resources collated by Matt Lowe, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal physical and psychological reaction that helps us to avoid dangerous situations and motivates us to overcome everyday challenges. Many different situations can cause anxiety – for example, exams, social situations or public speaking. Many students become anxious around exam time and some have panic attacks. Anxiety can become a problem if it’s more severe, if it lasts for a long time or if it gets in the way of your everyday life, by stopping you doing or enjoying things you normally would.  Fortunately there is a wide range of help available.

Please note that whilst we hope that all of the resources below are useful, the Student Wellbeing Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

NHS Sheffield Talking Therapies

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a 9 week course for people who experience depression. It is recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression. It is also recommended by NICE for those who have recovered from depression, as a way of reducing the chances experiencing depression again in the future. MBCT courses combines two helpful approaches: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Our MBCT courses are a great way to understand thought patterns and how to work with these in more helpful ways.

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Overcoming Anxiety and Worry

Our Overcoming Anxiety and Worry course helps you understand the effects of anxiety on your body and techniques you can use to overcome it. It’s also an opportunity to meet others who may be feeling similarly to you, although the session is not group therapy and you will not be asked to share your personal experiences with others. The course is free and runs for five weeks, with a 90 minute online session each week.

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Wellbeing Group Sessions

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Anxiety and Me

Explore what anxiety is and how it affects you. Think about strategies to manage it

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To read some of these articles and other resources on our site you will need to register with Togetherall. The process is quick and you only need to do it once.

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Anxiety about health

Many of us worry and feel stressed about our health from time to time. This test will help you and us to understand if you worry too much about your health.

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We can all feel anxious and stressed from time to time. This test will help you and us to understand how anxiety might be affecting you.

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NHS Anxiety and Low Mood Quiz

If you're feeling anxiouo this short qui could help you better understand how you've been feeling recently.

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Togetherall - Online courses

Togetherall is an online mental health community with a wealth of resources - available free to all staff and students.   To access resources from Togetherall you need to register for an account here . You will only need to do this once. This will allow you to access many of the tools on our site.
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Managing Panic

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Managing Stress and Worry

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Balance your thinking

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Managing social anxiety

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Problem solving

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Managing Health Anxiety

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Grounding Techniques

Techniques to manage strong emotions, where you may feel overwhelmed, including stress.

Managing panic attacks

How to reduce and manage panic - understanding what happens during panic attacks and techniques to cope.

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Self Help

Award winning self-help guides for 23 different mental health difficulties from Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust

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My Possible Self

Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

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Social Sport

Play for fun and to meet new people

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Yoga for Wellbeing

This 45-minute session will include mindful movement, body awareness, breathing practice and relaxation

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Keeping active at home with Hallam Active

Online workouts, hints, tips and videos.

Ways to keep active at home