Feeling anxious about returning to campus? We’re here to help

Published by University of Bedfordshire

For University students, the last year and a half has been a very anxious and unsure time. Ultimately, returning to on-campus learning is a benefit for most student’s education, but it can be a tricky time at all levels of study. Although some people may be looking forward eagerly to the return of on campus study, others may be more nervous at the thought of getting back to “normality” after such a long time away. The University is here to assist you in any way that they can to try and make this the most comfortable and enjoyable experience it can be. 

Due to the pandemic, you may not have had many chances to connect with people that also go to the university or your course mates. Try and connect with people, as feeling like you are in it alone has the chance of increasing your anxiety. The best way to meet new people is by getting involved in Beds SU or one of the sporting teams

Whether you have an existing mental health problem, or you’re starting to find things difficult, the pandemic has put a huge amount of extra strain on students. Take a look at the below Student Minds article for more advice about returning to campus after the pandemic. 

Student Minds

If you are struggling and you need some help from the University, there are many different avenues to do this.

  • If you have symptoms of Covid or find that you are positive then you should get in touch with returntocampus@beds.ac.uk for support with this and assistance. 
  • If you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed you can get support with our counselling services for extra support and help (counselling@beds.ac.uk). They can help with a wide range of issues and help come up with solutions jointly to minimise the issue. 
  • The mental health team can also support any student who feels they are overwhelmed and that it is effecting their mental health negatively. They can be contacted at mentalhealth@beds.ac.uk. They can support and give advice and also direct you to any other university or community services that may be useful. 
  • There is also currently an option to apply for online studying between September 2021 – December 2021 for students with exceptional circumstances. For more information, please email return.campus@beds.ac.uk

Compiled by Daisie Johnson (Return to Campus Advisor)