How we can help you
“As welfare secretary for MUMC, I want to make sure every member of the club is happy and enjoying climbing!
My aim is to be an approachable and friendly member of the committee, that any member with any in-club conflict issues (e.g. bullying, harassment etc.) or who might be feeling unhappy or excluded for any reason, can come to for support and advice. I also have experience using the universities welfare resources and an understanding of mental health issues.
If you are in need of any information, advice or support relating to any of these issues club related or otherwise, then detail it below. It will be sent confidentially to me, and I will try and get back to you via email as soon as I can.”
As part of our committee we have a welfare secretary, Bradley. As welfare secretary, he’s the best person to talk to in the club if you have a problem of any nature. However, you can talk to any member of the committee; they will be more than happy to listen and help you. Anything you talk to us about will remain confidential, unless we think you or another person is at risk of harm. Below is information about different places you can get help.
If you want to get in contact with Bradley, drop him a message using the contact from at the bottom of the page
There are lots of people who can help you at the university.
The university's own counselling service is free, open to everyone and very easy to use. They offer 1-to-1 counselling and group sessions; you can go to them with any problem, no matter how big or small. Their offices are on main campus and students can generally get appointments very quickly.
In addition to counselling, the university offers workshops for dealing with different problems and runs sessions where you can take part in mindfulness. The counselling service website also has many free online resources to aid well being.
Tutors, academic advisers and school support offices are also there to help if you are struggling, and may often be able to offer advice on more degree specific issues.
Manchester Mind are a group of 5 centres across Greater Manchester run by the charity Mind. They "deliver a wide range of services to support people’s mental health" which include peer support groups, advice service and projects to promote positive mental well being. They also have an advice service specifically for young people aged 15-25.
Childline offer confidential and impartial listening service for people up to the age of 19. Telephone lines are always open and there is the option of instant messaging on their website. 0800 1111
Papyrus prevention of young suicide - you can call on 0800 068 4141, text on 07786209697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The MIND Infoline is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and can offer advice on types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
Calm offers accredited, confidential, anonymous support to men anywhere in the UK. Their services are open from 5pm to midnight. 0800 58 58 58
Climbing offers many health benefits that are not just physical. It improves your self esteem, mental agility and self awareness. It’s a great stress-buster and a full body workout, so it’s good for general wellbeing.
Climbing requires a lot of problem solving, mental concentration and focus, so it helps sharpen your brain. A lot of people like it as it allows you to escape everyday worries and just focus on the climb. It also can give a great sense of achievement. Read BMC member Jake McMannus’s story of how climbing is helping him to climb out of depression.
Climbing can be a very sociable activity. Sport England’s Active People Survey results show that most people say they participate for the social aspect. You develop strong friendships with your climbing partners due to the level of trust involved and through sharing challenges and experiences.
(Taken from the BMC website)