Health and wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing are priorities; looking after yourself will help you study better and give you more energy to enjoy your student experience with us.
Combining study with a job or a family, living away from home for the first time or being on a tight budget all sometimes take your mind off your own good health and wellbeing. Here are five easy rules for ‘keeping healthy’:
- Eat a balanced diet: holistic nutrition includes consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, whole grains, and good fats in moderation. Try to minimise refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial additives, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
- Get active: 30 minutes energetic cycling or walking a day can be just as healthy as going to the gym, although we have also agreed a corporate partnership for discounted High Life Highland membership to help you with this.
- Give up smoking: Why not take this opportunity to think about quitting? For help and guidance you can visit the NHS Stop Smoking website or call the NHS Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84
- Get enough sleep: sleep researchers recommend 7-8 hours sleep a night.
- Relax and have fun: find time to unwind and do the things you enjoy.
- Be moderate: too much alcohol will upset your health, studies, and bank balance!
Other useful health and wellbeing links
- Student Health - contains information on all aspects of health and disease.
- Health & Wellbeing Library Resources - resources available through the Library services to support your mental and physical wellbeing.
- Student Recipes – 101 essential student survival recipes!
- Mindfulness for Students – mindfulness, how it can help you, and some handy tips.
- Support Helplines - a comprehensive list of external helplines and agencies who deal with a wide range of issues from mental health difficulties to bullying, and more.
- Action for Happiness - helps people take action for a happier and more caring world.
- UHI Health and Wellbeing - visit our dedicated Health and Wellbeing page on Facebook.
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Student Mental Health Agreement
During 2018/19 UHI and HISA worked together to launch a Student Mental Health Agreement (SMHA). The SMHA is an initiative led by Think Positive on behalf of NUS Scotland to bring student associations and their institutions together in a formal agreement to work jointly on mental health issues and build strong support for students and staff around mental health. The document will be reviewed and updated annually. View the 2018-19 SMHA here. View the 2018-19 SMHA in Gaelic here.
Perth College UHI also have their own Student Mental Health Agreement, which can be viewed here.