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Information for Students on Co-op, Placement, or Erasmus

As part of your student experience you will at some point find yourself on a co-op or work placement or abroad on Erasmus. For the most part, students enjoy these experiences and are very happy. However, some students find this to be the very time they need some extra support. There are a number of options for you. These include:

 

  • Seeking counselling support from your host university, local Jigsaw (if in Ireland), or even through a work EAP scheme if there is one.
  • Looking through some online apps and websites for support. Please see the list below which we have put together for your convenience.
  • Reading through some of the leaflets on the UL counselling website, https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/counselling-service
  • Contacting the UL counselling service for some support. You can do this by emailing counselling@ul.ie, explaining your circumstances, and requesting a ‘phone drop-in’ call. Please provide your mobile number and a preferred day for a phone-call. An Assistant Psychologist will phone you at the Irish drop-in time (either 10am or 2pm) on your preferred day. They will take some demographic details, conduct a brief questionnaire, and ask some questions about your wellbeing in order to get a sense of your difficulties. Should you need counselling, you will be placed on the waiting list, although such counselling will occur either over the phone or via email, based on your preference.

 

E-Resources for Positive Well-Being

Apps

Smart phone apps can be a really useful way to practice breathing and meditation exercises to help with stress and anxiety.

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Breathe2Relax

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Calm

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Headspace

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Stop, Breathe & Think

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The Mindfulness App

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Virtual Hope Box

 

 

Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT can be a useful way to challenge how we think and act to help with anxiety and low mood. Online programmes offers the opportunity to learn CBT skills.

  1. Aware Life Skills Online: www.aware.ie/education/life-skills-online-programme/
  2. CBT Online: www.online-therapy.com/cbt
  3. Mood Gym: https://moodgym.com.au/

 

Self-Help Resources

Self-help materials can give us coping skills to help us through times of distress.

  1. Information and exercise sheets:
  1. Specific self-help intervention packages:

 

Websites

Futureme.org

Write a letter to your future self.

Mind.org.uk

Mental health support and information.

Pleasetalk.ie

Ireland’s student-led mental health movement.

Reachout.com

Information on issues that can affect your mental health and well-being.

Spunout.ie

Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.

 

See our e-resources leaflet for even more information

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