“I think there is a tendency for people at LSE to suffer with their mental health but think they’re not bad enough to seek support, and that’s really not the case. If in any way your mental health is affecting your ability to produce work, it’s worth speaking to someone.” – Ella Marshall, BSc IR and History.
In the final episode of ‘The LSE Starter Pack’, we discuss the help available for students, and advice on getting settled at LSE. Speaking to Ella Marshall, founder of Freedom of Mind, and Anaelle Thoreau, President of Women in Politics Society, we unpack how and where to get support.
Please check out below a list of links that will help you to get support, for both mental health issues, and experiences of sexual harassment and violence.
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SUPPORT FOR MENTAL HEALTH:
For mental health support, contact the LSE Counselling Service, as well as your Academic Advisor. The following website links are here to help you in that process:
For general concerns about your mental health:https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/what-if/concerned-about-my-mental-health
To register for an counselling appointment, available online or in-person: https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/student-wellbeing/student-counselling/appointments
For urgent support, for you or someone you know:https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/student-wellbeing/at-risk/are-you-or-someone-else-at-risk
SUPPORT FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE:
As mentioned in the episode, the Consent Collective has information on reporting instances of sexual harassment and violence, which can be done anonymously: https://www.consentcollective.com/lse
Information on support for these issues can be found here: https://info.lse.ac.uk/staff/divisions/equity-diversity-and-inclusion
To report an issue:
1. You can speak to a SAFE CONTACT before deciding to report your caseSafe contact are members of LSE staff who have received training and can offer a confidential ‘signposting’ service for staff and students who have previously or are currently experiencing some form of bullying, harassment or sexual violence.- but NOT ALL safe contacts received training on sexual violence and harassment specifically.To speak to a safe contact: https://info.lse.ac.uk/Making-a-choice/Safe-Contact-Sexual-Violence
2. You can directly report it through an online Report it Stop it form. This can be anonymous but do note that if you decided to do it anonymously there is no guarantee that you could be informed on the outcome of your report.To access the form:https://lse.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MsPP7fzGuhPUWN
3. Make an appointment with a sexual violence support worker from rape crisisThis support worker comes to LSE once a month and is here if you would like a safe space to talk about any sexual violence you have experienced, or to find out about longer term support. There is a maximum of 3 appointments (face-to-face or call)
To book an appointment: https://info.lse.ac.uk/Making-a-choice/Sexual-violence-support-worker