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Your wellbeing

The constant uncertainty about coronavirus is putting us all under a great deal of strain. It’s understandable if you are feeling anxious and stressed about your studies or health. We have information and tools that may be of some help.

  • Tips on staying healthy
    On our Healthy University @ Home  site you’ll find tips on how to stay healthy at home, both mentally and physically. For instance, ideas on how to reduce stress, or apps to help you relax.  There’s also information on a good posture when studying at home and tips on how to stay fit and healthy. 

     
  • Free online programmes
    Follow an online programme through the Caring Universities initiative of the universities of Leiden, Maastricht, Utrecht and VU Amsterdam. They’re free and you’ll also receive support from an online coach. There is currently a programme on dealing with stress and on improving your mood. The range of programmes is set to increase over the coming months. 

     
  • Staying active
    The University Sports Centre has online tutorials that will help you stay active while studying at home.

With much of our teaching online and social activities outside your studies very limited, you may feel lonely or alone at times.

  • Student Support Groups
    Join one of the Student Support Groups. You’re not alone. Sharing your experiences with other students can help. Everyone is welcome. Register by sending a mail to studentsupportgroups@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

     
  • Your mentor or tutor
    If you are a first-year student, contact your mentor or tutor or the other students in your mentor/tutor group. Try to keep in touch with one another, also outside meetings.

     
  • Connect with fellow students
    When there are no online classes to attend, it is still important to be part of a learning community. Arrange virtual study sessions with the help of the facilities offered by the university, or catch up with each other via remote coffee breaks.

Leiden University offers a buddy service for students who need a little support in these difficult times. Your student buddy can provide online moral support and social interaction, as well as offering practical tips. If you are in self-quarantine and can’t order groceries online, your buddy can also do your grocery shopping up to twice a week.

  • Keep in touch
    Arrange to meet fellow students outside class to catch up. If there is someone in your class or mentor group who you haven’t seen for a while, give them a call or let us know by sending a mail to the student support services.

     
  • Volunteer as a student buddy
    As a buddy you will offer online moral support and social interaction to a fellow student. If the student is in self-quarantine and can’t order groceries online, you will also do their grocery shopping up to twice a week. Volunteer as a buddy.

     
  • Volunteer to run a Student Support Group
    We are looking for enthusiastic students to run Student Support Groups for a small remuneration. To apply, send an email to studentsupportgroups@sea.leidenuniv.nl.  

     
  • Send us your ideas
    If you have any good ideas to help improve our students’ wellbeing, send them to ideeenstudentenwelzijn@sea.leidenuniv.nl.  
  • Feeling worried, lonely or stressed
    You can seek help both within and outside the university:
    • Contact the Student Support Services via studentsupport@leidenuniv.nl or tel 071 – 527 8025 (workdays from 9.30 to 12.00).
    • Follow a free online coaching session with coaching bureau Blijf Overeind (in collaboration with the Dutch Red Cross).
    • On the anonymous, free online platform Frisse Gedachtes, psychology students and other experts are on hand to chat with you. You can decide who you want to speak to and whether this will be a one-off session or something more long term.
  • Psychological support
    Contact the student psychologists. Even though face-to-face appointments are currently not possible, the student psychologists can offer help and support online or over the phone.

     
  • Exceptional circumstances or financial concerns
    If you are also dealing with exceptional circumstances or are encountering financial issues as a result of the corona situation, contact the student counsellors.

     
  • Spiritual support
    Call the Rapenburg100 Corona Crisis Student Support line, run by Leiden Student Ekklesia, to discuss your concerns with one of their life coaches or spiritual counsellors. They are available seven evenings a week: 071 744 0168 (from 16.00 to 18.00 and 20.00 to 22.00). 

     
  • Refugee, international and first-generation students
    The Meeting Point can offer additional support and advice.

     
  • Prefer to speak to someone at your faculty or not sure who to turn to? 
    • Talk to your study adviser. Even if your concerns aren’t directly related to your studies, he/she can help you find the right support.
    • If you are a first-year student, talk to your mentor or tutor about the problems you are facing, even if you think that they are ‘only’ minor problems. Mentors can offer advice on the basis of their own experience or refer you to the support that you need.  

Urgent situations

If you need urgent psychological help, contact your GP. Outside office hours, you can contact the ‘Out of hours doctor’s post’ in Leiden  or The Hague.

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