5 Tips for Staying Safe at Uni

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For some students, with the novelty of living alone, University life has the potential to be a bit of a minefield for physical wellbeing. The United Nations has a set of goals to improve wellbeing around the world, and this blog post addresses those topics, like sex, drugs and alcohol, to give you the edge in taking care of your wellbeing.

First Things First

Get yourself signed up to a local GP. Park Campus has doctors on site for students, who are a great first point of contact for any concerns about your physical or mental wellbeing. With a student card, you can hop on any 94U Bus for £1.40 to get a ride there from any campus, or, if you’re Gloucester based, the SU works closely with Alney Practice, just round the corner from Oxstalls. Worried about costs? The NHS Low Income Scheme can tell you if you’re eligible for financial assistance for prescriptions.

Obviously we don’t encourage anything illegal-

-and that’s precisely why drug safety talks can be so rare. But reducing and preventing drug abuse is a Global Goal, and it’s important to discuss. Just so you’re aware of the risks-

  • Illegal drugs are not regulated. You cannot know exactly is in a dose, and how it may differ from your own or other’s previous experience.
  • Drugs, by definition, alter you body chemistry. You cannot fully predict how you could react.
  • Medical and mental health conditions can be worsened or even triggered by drug intake.

That being said, if you are going to do it, understanding what you’re taking is definitely important. Talk To Frank is a honest website with A-Z drug advice for you to read up on before taking any unfamiliar substance. .

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Because alcohol is legal, people seem to forget that it, too, is a drug. On Drinkaware you can compare your drinking habits to the national average, learn how to overcome hangovers, take self-assessments, but most importantly get a better idea of what ‘drinking safely’ is.

While it can almost be a game or competition with friends when it comes to drinking, we all know the detriments of too much alcohol. Learning how to cut down or even quit can have a ton of benefits.

Do you know any signs of an abusive relationship?

Many people suffer in silence without truly realising their situation, and tolerating it for too long just isn’t sustainable for your health. The SU Advice Pages have a list of the sort of behaviour to look out for, and helplines you can call either for emergencies, or simple advice.

Similarly, you may feel uncomfortable in the early stages of a relationship, such as on dates. You can be meeting a stranger, so it’s wise you tell a friend where you are, and you can always Ask for Angela at the bar if something seems off.

It’s easy to feel like sex is a taboo subject.

Looking after your body can be tough, especially under the pressure of another person when you’re at your most vulnerable. But it’s also a Global Goal to increase access to affordable and informed sexual health advice, and The SU Advice Pages are a great place to find advice from both inside and outside the Uni.

That’s all for now!

The adult world is busy, so it’s important to remember to keep up with your own health. Thanks for reading, and give us a follow for more upcoming Health Hacks and an end of theme event!

Dan from Live Smart

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