By Tea Višnjić
LSE can be a challenging environment. While on one hand, this is fantastic since it guarantees you will learn and develop so much, it might take a toll on you at some point. But don’t worry! There are a range of support options available to you based on the type of problem you are facing and the severity of the issue at hand. Below are the services available on campus with information on how to access them.
Student Counselling Service
The Student Counselling Service offers a confidential space when you can discuss your mental health with a trained professional. The Service offers one-to-one appointments, ranging from a one-off session to up to six sessions should you require more support. The Counselling Service guarantees confidentiality for your maximum comfort and safety. Due to COVID-19, you can still make an appointment, but the sessions are taking place over Zoom.
You can find information on how to book an appointment here.
Unsure about choosing your modules? Worried about your class schedule? Struggling with readings? Your Academic Mentor is there to help you with all these struggles. Drop them an email, or better yet, book an office hour via Student Hub and talk to them in person. The chances are, they have encountered students struggling with the same problem before and will be able to give you advice. At the very least, they will be able to point you in the right direction to seek further help.
Peer Supporters are trained student volunteers who can lend an ear to those struggling academically but also personally. These are fellow students who perhaps best understand what you are going through and may have dealt with the same struggles. They have all undergone training and are qualified to help you in your university journey. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Peer Supporters will still be available to you online next year.
However, please be mindful that Peer Supporters are not professionals, so if you are struggling with more severe mental health concerns, you will receive the best support from the Counselling Service.
You can find a list of Peer Supporters here (the list should soon be updated for 2020/2021).
Student Academic Mentors (SAMs)
Students mentoring other students? We love to see it! If you applied to be a mentee, upon arriving at LSE you will be paired with a second or third-year IR student who will help you navigate any troubles you might encounter and help you get settled at LSE. They are here to help you with academic concerns but are also here to have a chat about any personal issues you might have. Just remember, take all opinions with a grain of salt – everyone’s experience is different!
If you are struggling with your studies, LSE LIFE has a plan for that! They offer a variety of skills sessions and workshops that can aid your studies and professional development. They also run one-to-one sessions where you can get help with any study-related struggles from note-taking to doing research. You can also visit the LSE LIFE Moodle page to find resources from all their events and sessions.
You can book an individual session with an LSE LIFE Study Adviser on the Student Hub.
You can find more information about upcoming events here.
As you can tell, there are multiple sources of help and support at LSE. The new university environment may seem daunting and can become overwhelming, but it is important to remember that you are never alone and that help is always available.