The constant uncertainty about the coronavirus is putting us all under a great deal of strain. It’s therefore understandable that you might be feeling anxious or stressed about your studies or health. On this page you can find information and tools that may be of 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:
- 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 are currently four programmes aimed at improving your mood, reducing stress, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and reducing procrastination. The range of programmes is set to increase over the coming months.
- Caring Universities questionnaire
In January or June you will receive a link to the Caring Universities Mind Health Check questionnaire via uMail. By completing the questionnaire you can gain insight into your mental wellbeing and receive tailored advice on possible steps to take.
- Staying active
The University Sports Centre has online tutorials that will help you stay active while studying at home.
Take a moment of silence, peace and relaxation for yourself. Rapenburg 100 offers free online meditation sessions for students:
With much of our teaching online and social activities outside your studies very limited, you may feel lonely or isolated 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. You can register via this online form. For further information, send a mail to email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send us your ideas
If you have any good ideas to help improve our students’ wellbeing, send them to email@example.com.
- Feeling worried, lonely or stressed
You can seek help both within and outside the university:
- Contact the Student Support Services via firstname.lastname@example.org 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, trained 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.
- A sympathtic ear
Call the Rapenburg100 Corona Crisis Student Support line, run by Leiden Student Ekklesia, to talk about 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.
- Life-threatening situations: Call 112
- Suicidal thoughts: