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CLS recognises World Mental Health Day 2018 with some stress-tackling tips 10/10/2018

Hot on the heels of National Work Life Week (1-5 October 2018), this year’s World Mental Health Day, which falls on Wednesday, 10 October, is themed around Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

With a growing cohort of apprentices, we are acutely aware of the onus placed on us to ensure their good mental health and well-being. These are often young people, just starting out in their career, who are dealing with adjusting to the world of work and studying at the same time.

Our distance learning students have long been masters of the work, life and study balancing act. They use our supported distance learning offer to maximum effect meaning that they can progress at a pace which suits them and their lifestyle.

CILEx Level 3 student Erica Deller, for example, says: “Studying with CILEx Law School works around me! I work full time and have two children. I can study at a time and place to suit me.”

We offer a range of support services to both our students and apprentices. As we head into the revision period for the CILEx January 2019 exam session, here are some additional tips and tools to help counter pre-exam anxieties.

Be aware of your stress level

If you are working towards a goal, such as passing an exam, then a little bit of stress can be a good thing, as it helps to keep you focused. Too much stress, however, can affect you both physically and mentally.

Use the stress test from the Mental Health Foundation to assess your level of stress. Your result isn’t the be-all and end-all, but if your number is high then it’s worth thinking about what you can do to bring it down.

Maintain good mental health and well-being

LawCare, a charity set up to help anyone in the legal profession – from students to senior partners – around good mental health and well-being, is a good place to start.

Their Top ten tips are some simple things that you can do to reduce your stress levels and improve your mental (and physical) health and well-being. These include:

  • Take a break: we’re not talking a holiday here; even just getting a few minutes’ fresh air at lunchtime instead of being glued to your screen all day can really make a difference
  • Keep active: you don’t have to leap into running marathons. Start slowly. Park at the other end of the car park rather than by the front door; take the stairs instead of the lift; get off the bus one stop earlier
  • Eat well: it’s easy if you’re feeling tired or stressed to reach for the sweets or crisps, but a healthy diet really does help
  • Share how you feel and ask for help: the old saying that a problem shared is a problem halved is definitely true. Don’t bottle things up or try to do everything yourself, but talk things over with friends and colleagues and ask for help if you’re overwhelmed

Use available resources

Remember that CILEx Law School offers students plenty of different support options. Our expert Academic team and friendly Customer Service team are there to help, so do get in touch by phone or email.

You’ve also got access to the Student Area forums, where you can ask questions and look through previous postings to see if anyone else had the same problem.

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Help outside office hours

If you’d like to talk things over then LawCare is available 365 days a year. Their free helpline is open from 9am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Call 0800 279 6888.

Whatever you’re going through, you can also call Samaritans’ free 24-hour helpline from any phone by ringing 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org