LUU: Supporting you when you need it – mental health
LUU exists to make sure you love your time at Leeds. But it’s not just about the fun stuff – we’re also here to support all of our members when things go wrong.
This article is the second in a series designed to ensure our members know about the support available to them from their Union, and to empower them to feel confident to seek it out when they need it.
Today, we’re looking at an example of a student whose personal circumstances and finances led to mental health difficulties, and how LUU has been able to support them through this time with our independent, confidential, expert advice and support.
Case study #2: A student struggling with his mental health and other issues
A male undergraduate mature student was helped by LUU with financial and mental health support when he approached us following a rejected application to the Leeds Hardship Fund.
Experiencing feelings of dejection after the initial refusal, he contacted Help & Support to seek emergency financial help in the absence of the grant. Our team provided this, in addition to support with his reapplication to the fund which was later accepted.
The team also identified a need for emotional support, as long term ill health and a recent bereavement had contributed to a decline in the student’s mental health. This was – and continues to be – provided through informal chats and advice as and when he needs it.
He said: “I was grateful to discover the services provided by LUU. During this time, I was dealing with mental and health hardships and the thought of reapplying was just too stressful. However, the advice and support that I received from LUU gave me the encouragement and confidence to reapply, and in addition, they granted me with an emergency hardship fund to sustain my financial situation.”
“The outcome was that my application was successful which resulted in me being in a better place mentally. I no longer have financial anxieties, and I now have the reassurance that I can seek good advice, support and guidance (even out of term time) whenever I feel uncertain about anything.”
If you’re also struggling please contact us at email@example.com to see how we can help – there are always options to resolve the issue at hand. You can also access 24/7 self-help support on our website – click here to search.
And if it’s simply a friendly face or someone to confide in that you need, we’re here for that too. Remember – there’s no issue too big or small, and the support we provide is free of charge for all.