How we can help you
Hi everyone, I’m your welfare secretary at MUMC this year and I’m here to make sure that the club is a welcoming and inclusive environment and that anyone who is struggling or feels excluded (e.g. bullying/ harassment/mental health) has a clear path to support and advice they can access from us.
I am always available to help in any way I can and have knowledge of both university and public support services for a range of issues, as well as being a regular presence at club meet-ups and trips so don’t be scared to approach me, I’m literally always up for a chat.
You can get in touch with me if you need information, advice or support using the confidential form at the bottom of this page and we can have a chat or alternatively, you can use it anonymously to safely report any concerning behaviour to us without involving yourself beyond your comfort zone.
As part of our committee we have a welfare secretary, Maya. As welfare secretary, she’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 have difficulties navigating any of the websites/resources, the welfare sec can also assist with this.
If you want to get in contact with Maya, drop her 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.
Advice and Response Team- Any student can report harassment, bullying, hate crimes, etc. either anonymously or by speaking to an advisor. (The MUMC Welfare sec. can also help you out with this process) https://www.reportandsupport.manchester.ac.uk/
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.
St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre- They provide immediate crisis support, counselling, pregnancy advice, sexual health advice, forensic medical examinations and more for people affected by sexual violence. Crisis workers and their helpline are available 24/7.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme- This is a self-referral programme (you do not need a referral from your GP) for people struggling with mental health related problems looking for evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS. They include facilities across Manchester (and all across the country for those who live elsewhere)
Your GP can assist with any health related concerns, including mental health. Make sure you are registered and know how to make appointments with them.
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
St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre - 0161 276 6515
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)