Advice and support
We appreciate you or your housemates may find your time in self-isolation difficult. It is important you take care of yourselves, looking after your mental health and wellbeing.
It is natural if some of you feel anxious or disconnected from your friends and fellow students. We are here to support you however we can during what may be a challenging time.
Our College and Community Life Team is your first port of call for information and advice during self-isolation. They can ensure you get the essentials you need and tell you about all the events and activities you may wish to join.
For those of you needing more specialist support, the University has a range of different avenues available to you. Our Student Support and Wellbeing Service can provide free confidential counselling, mental health support and specialist disability support. You can make an appointment by telephone or email.
The University Nursing Service on the Canterbury campus is available to all students and staff and is staffed 24 hours a day during term time by registered nurses.
Make sure you read the new blog from our Student Support and Wellbeing Team on Looking after yourself during self-isolation.
We will be checking in regularly with you to see how you’re getting on. We can arrange to talk to you on your own, or as a group with your other housemates. This is a good time to chat through how you are feeling and any help you need. We are running a series of coffee morning Zoom meetings and we would love for you to join us – email to find out more.
Helping you feel less isolated
Our Colleges and Community Life Team are here to be a friendly source of contact for you throughout your time at Kent. The team can provide welfare support and guidance so please contact them for a chat if you have any questions. You can also provide the CCL Team’s details to your friends and family if they would like to talk to someone.
The CCL team has organised a range of activities you can get involved with, to help you feel connected with other students during what may be a difficult time. Even though you can’t leave your accommodation, there are plenty of ways you can talk and interact with other students.
We are working with Kent Union and GKSU at Medway to make sure there are loads of different activities, challenges and competitions you can get take part in to help pass the time. Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll see what we can set up.
You could also sign up to Kent Union’s Virtual Buddy Scheme, either to find a buddy or to volunteer as a buddy. Buddy volunteers are there to give you a helping hand and offer you support and friendship.
Remember also to reach out to your friends – try to arrange calls with those you haven’t seen for a while. They may also be self-isolating and would no doubt love to hear from you.
Cultural and religious observance
We can support you to continue to observe your religious and cultural beliefs while you are self-isolating. If you need any support, please contact us and we can help you get access to the groups you need.
Our Chaplains have a great impact on University life and are heavily involved in student groups and academic societies. They also work with Kent Union and GK Unions who have a range of faith-based student groups.
Visit the Chaplaincy webpages to find out more where you can sign-up to receive an e-newsletter and details of virtual sessions you can join. We can help ensure you can still engage with your faith groups on campus, even if you are self-isolating.
We know being confined to one space is not easy! However, it’s important you stay as active as you can while self-isolating.
Did you know many Kent Union and GKSU sports clubs are currently running and holding virtual events? Now could be a great time to try something new. Check the events calendar to find out what events are on or you can check out the Kent Union and GKSU webpages.
The Sports Centre are also planning to run online events you can get involved with.
There is a great free Yoga session you may wish to try.
If you would like assistance in finding events that are right for you, please contact us.
Hobbies and interests
Don’t forget that Union clubs and societies can be a great support network, now and after your self-isolation period. There are lots different kinds of societies to choose from; academic, faith and belief, special interest and more, so you can find people with similar interests to you. Please look at the Kent Union and GKSU webpages to find out more.
Did you know you can access thousands of films, online theatre productions, footage and image collections – check out our film and multimedia resources. You’ll find resources for your academic studies and personal interests. Now could be a good time to start on that box set!
You can also explore our wellbeing ideas for uncertain times webpage which provides inspiration from other students about what’s getting them through this uncertain time. One wellbeing idea is to learn more about mindfulness. Mindfulness is about bringing ourselves back to the present moment and cultivating acceptance and loving kindness towards our experiences in the present. You can also connect with other Kent students through UKC Mindfulness Society.
Staff across the University are working together to provide activities for students during self-isolation. We can loan out board games and books from the library. We are setting up a cook-along sessions and other live streams. Let us know what you are interested in and we can help set something up.
You cannot go out if isolating but you can virtually engage with the outdoors:
- Audio-visual tour of national parks
- Take a trip to the moon or Mars
- Journey down the Amazon
- Lonely Planet has some great resources
- Virtual Forest Bathing
Or how about taking a virtual tour of a famous museum?
- The British Museum
- Guggenheim, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington
- Musee d’Orsay, Paris
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
- Pergamon, Berlin
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Van Gogh, Amsterdam
- The J. Paul Gerry Museum, Los Angeles
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- MASP, São Paulo
- The Louvre, Paris
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City