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Your health and wellbeing

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The health and wellbeing of our students has always been of the utmost importance to us. DMU already has a wide range of support and resources to help you prioritise your wellbeing during your time with us and beyond and we are continually enhancing these to make sure that whatever support you need, we are there for you.

If you're a member of staff, please visit our health and wellbeing for staff page.

Please note: This video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic

Preparation for Success

At DMU, we want you to be in the best possible position to succeed. Considering how you look after yourself, your wellbeing and what support you might need is a really important part of that. 

To help all new students get ready for their time at DMU, we’ve created these Preparation for Success webpages, where you’ll find advice and information on steps you can take now, before starting your studies. This includes hints and tips on managing your money, information about HealthyDMU and how to get in touch with our Wellbeing Team, or why not try a 10-minute mindfulness session, to help you get off to the best start at university.

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Masterclasses

We’re creating an environment that focuses on your health and wellbeing to help you to live a healthy, happy and productive life. That includes providing you with resources that support your development and studies, helping you to succeed and to achieve your potential.  

Our Healthy DMU Masterclasses will support you and your studies during your time at DMU. The classes look at how students can be assertive, how to manage stress at university and much more. You can book now through DMU’s My Gateway. 

Our ‘Be Safe, Get Vaccinated’ campaign is all about encouraging everyone in the DMU community and beyond to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Take a look at our dedicated microsite where you can find helpful and accurate information on the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Why our students are getting vaccinated

DMUsport

DMUsport delivers a wide range of opportunities to help students stay physically active and look after their mental health whilst studying at DMU.

We want everyone to feel they can get involved. You do not have to be a ‘sporty’ person, in fact thousands of students get involved every year, trying new activities, meeting new people, taking a break from studies and learning new sports.

Whether you’re a beginner, are looking for casual opportunities, would like a little competition or to join a club environment, or are interested in more serious sport including sport scholarships, you can find an appropriate opportunity at DMU.

Mindfulness

Learning to focus on the here and now can help to improve concentration and regular mindful practice can boost our feelings of wellbeing. 

You can access free mindfulness sessions through the Healthy DMU team. In the meantime, why not find out more about mindfulness and follow some guided sessions.  

Alternatively, Natalie from our Welfare team has recorded this short 10-minute session for you to follow:

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

"I have Asperger’s syndrome and I receive DSA. I have an autism mentor that I go to once a week, I also received a printer and a copier to keep me organised, the DSA is great and it’s helped me loads."
Caitlin Mae Cummins, Midwifery

Lots of people do not consider their medical condition/mental health a disability and will often not apply for the support that is available to them. 

The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) covers a wide range of conditions and is often overlooked by many students because of its title. 

There are many positives to having this DSA support in place and it can provide financial aid in many different ways. You could be eligible to apply for DSA if you have a: 

  • Long-term health condition including crohn's, sickle cell and multiple sclerosis 
  • Mental health condition such as OCD, anxiety or depression 
  • Specific learning difficulty like dyslexia 
  • Neurodivergent conditions including autism

To be eligible to apply you must be a UK home student and on a course, which is also eligible. Check in with disability@dmu.ac.uk or wellbeing@dmu.ac.uk to find out more. 

Hear from students who have received DSA while studying here at DMU, and how receiving the allowance has supported them and enhanced their university experience. 

Please note: This video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic

Togetherall

togetherall-logo-870-imgDMU has signed up to a platform called Togetherall, to help students who are looking for support with their wellbeing while at university. 

Togetherall is designed to help students get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support (from experienced clinicians who are always online), plus a range of courses and tools to help students self-manage their wellbeing. 

The safe and anonymous platform offers a place of safety without judgement for people to get together to support each other, while also recognising mental health does not discriminate; we all have to look after it.

It is completely free and students can access the webpage by registering with their DMU email address.

Got questions?

No matter your question or concern, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’re with you every step of the way. You or your parent/guardian can contact us either by phone on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70, email via enquiry@dmu.ac.uk, or on social media, such as InstagramTwitter or Facebook.