This is a difficult time for many students. Stress, discomfort and loneliness can lead to feeling bleak and listless. To help you cope with these feelings, this page contains an overview of available support and initiatives.
Watch this video for tips from development psychologist Steven Pont who explains how to manage negative feelings during this pandemic.
Why not take one of the free self-help E-Health modules offered specifically for UvA students? You can choose from the following modules: Dealing with coronavirus stress, Loneliness as a result of the coronavirus and Working from home.
Is something bothering you? Are you feeling down or stressed? Talking to someone helps! UpTalk's professional coaches will be happy to see what they can do for you. You can call them any day of the week. UpTalk is an initiative of Thrive Amsterdam Mentaal Gezond in conjunction with Mindmasters, Jouw GGD and @Ease.
All Ears is an initiative for UvA students, by UvA's psychology students. You can call All Ears whenever you want someone to listen to you. Maybe you need to share about your struggles with a roommate, you have a fun story to tell, you had a weird dream or you have trouble planning your week. The volunteers are there for you and, they are literally All Ears!
You can also get in touch with a student psychologist. If you need it, the psychologist can offer a listening ear during the coronavirus crisis.
The study advisers can offer support if you would like to talk to someone about your studies. They can be reached by telephone or online. For contact details, go to the student page and choose your degree programme from the list. Then look under the Study advisers heading in the A-Z list.
We want students to be assured they have a positive environment and a safe basis for their studies. We hope you never experience an unsafe situation or undesirable behavior at the UvA, but should this occur there are different individuals and institutions you can turn to. This overview shows you the way.
Although everyone is probably suffering from negative feelings at the moment, it is particularly important to contact your GP if you are feeling depressed and this is starting to take over your life. If you do not have one, you can register with the UvA General Practitioners Practice.
If you are battling with suicidal thoughts or need support, please visit the website for suicide prevention at www.113.nl or reach out by calling 113 or 0800-0113. Help is available in both Dutch and English. UvA students outside the Netherlands can use the 113 chat service.