Corpus JCR Welfare Guide 2011/2012 Corpus Cares!
Contents Introduction ................................................................................................... 2 Your JCR Welfare officers ............................................................................... 4 JCR Whoâ€™s Who .............................................................................................. 6 Equal Opps committee ................................................................................... 7 Peer Support .................................................................................................. 9 The SCR (The Adults) .................................................................................... 11 Medical Matters ........................................................................................... 13 Important External organisations ................................................................ 14 Financial Support ......................................................................................... 15 University Welfare Provision ....................................................................... 17 LGBTQ Oxford .............................................................................................. 18 Sexual Health ............................................................................................... 19 Alcohol and Drugs ........................................................................................ 21 Night Safety .................................................................................................. 23 Eating disorders ........................................................................................... 24 Academic Problems & Revision.................................................................... 26 Self Harm ...................................................................................................... 28 All the Phone Numbers you will ever need! ................................................ 29
Thanks to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/onelife/ Corpus Welfare Guide 2010/11 http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/shw/food.shtml OUSU LGBTQ Guide
WELCOME TO CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE! This is a quick and (hopefully) handy guide to help you find, and make the most, of the welfare resources which are available to everyone here at Corpus. For those of you who have been hanging around these parts for some time now, this guide is just a reference. Please read it. It will be worth it promise. For Freshers, this guide will hopefully help you to get a better idea of what is available to help make your experience in Oxford as stress free as possible. Just remember, there is no need to suffer in silence, so if you are worried (or even just a little bit concerned) about anything, feel free to ask people for help. Donâ€™t forget that the welfare officers will be holding their regular (and gender divisive) Welfare teas on Sundays at 4pm, which is basically an excuse for lots of doughnuts, salmon and humous - as well as an opportunity to hang out with us! We are also at hand all times of day to stock up on condoms, pregnancy tests and other welfare goodies. Love!
Jess and Mike 3
YOUR JCR WELFARE OFFICERS
Email: email@example.com Mob: 07727 637 358
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 07814 629 904
The two welfare officers are known as ‘female welfare’ and ‘male welfare’ but we’re actually both happy to talk to men and women, about any worries you may have. As welfare officers we’re both confidential and impartial listeners. You can approach us in person (we try to be around college), by email, or by phone; and we’re normally happy to talk day or night. Don’t feel awkward coming to us, no matter how trivial your worries seem. People do come and talk to us about their problems, and we’re always happy to help! We’re your first port of call if you want to be directed to welfare services in and out of college. We distribute information, attend meetings, organise events and are in charge of the JCR welfare resources (like the condom machine), trying always to further the support we and the college offer you. We’re only the beginning of the help you can find at Corpus, but if you’re ever anxious about anything at all, we’re a great place to start! 4
A Cup of Tea Solves Everything… …would seem to be Corpus’s philosophy! Every weekday afternoon at 4pm there’s ‘JCR Tea’, which is, unsurprisingly, held in the JCR, and those in need of a break can enjoy tea, coffee, biscuits and a friendly chat. On Tuesdays and Thursdays after JCR Tea, Mike or Jess are available to have a chit chat if you having anything you need to get off your chest. Then on Sundays at 4pm Jess and Mike run ‘Women’s Tea’ and ‘Men’s Tea’ in the Fraenkel Room and Seminar Rooms respectively. Segregation is strictly enforced! But both male and female Corpuscles are guaranteed scones, fruit, brownies, salmon, cream cheese, bagels and various other goodies alongside the ubiquitous…tea, as well as good conversation and some quality time away from the opposite sex. As if that’s not enough, during Fifth Week of term the welfare officers lay on a bumper feast either in the Hall, or if it’s Trinity in the Garden, to get rid of those Fifth Week Blues! We imaginatively call it ‘Welfare Tea’. This is the setting for a massive free-for-all of cake, brownies, cookies, fruit, bagels, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, tea and many, many hungry people! When the end and beginning of term both seem their farthest away, nothing cheers up students like free food, tea, coffee and good chat! Come along to one (or all) of Corpus’s many teas – we’d love to see you!
Under the Weather? We’re also pretty good for Lemsip, throat sweets, cough medicine, tissues, all varieties of tea/coffee/hot chocolate and other odds and ends, should you be in need of some kind of comfort at any time – especially if you get struck by the dreaded ‘Freshers’ Flu’ (even the oldest and wisest Corpuscles fall prey!)
Condoms , Lube & Pregnancy Tests Safex (extra strong and extra large) condoms, the type used by the NHS, are available from the condom machine in the Plumber - Free of Charge! Durex condoms can be found in either Jess’s and Mike’s pidge or you can request them (in person/by email…) from either of the welfare officers and they will be pidged to you anonymously, in a suitably discreet envelope! Officers are used to writing to OUSU with requests for different sizes/types so please ask if you have any concerns with the condoms provided. We can order dental dams from OUSU on request. We also provide sachets of lubricant, either from our pidges, or on request. Basic pregnancy test kits are available from Jess. You can ask for them in person, or by email, and it will be pidged to you in an envelope. If you wish to receive a test anonymously, you can take one from the small number kept in her pidge or email email@example.com 5
JCR WHO’S WHO JCR President Jack is the current JCR President and looks after the JCR Committee. He also works with Olivia to ensure that you are represented fairly within the University. He also sits on Welfare Committee, liaises with the SCR and is a trained Peer Supporter. If you ever need any help, or just need someone to direct you to someone else within the JCR or SCR, Jack can help! Jack Evans Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 0771 626 1961
International Students Officer Jan looks out for all the international students in college, from organising ‘Stanford Tea’ (another one!) to welcoming all the Stanford visiting students to Corpus, to dealing with problems with vacation storage. Arriving at Corpus from overseas can be very daunting - so if you have any problems with College at all, Jan’s the one to talk to. Jan Willem Scholten Email: email@example.com Mob: 07502 038 876
Academic Affairs Officer Megan represents the JCR on issues relating to work and libraries, as well as sitting on a number of college committees. She can help you or point you in the right direction if you have a problem with library facilities or have issues with your studies or tutorials. She brings the “Irish” to Libraries. Failte. Megan McCullagh Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 07584239269
THE EQUAL OPPS COMMITTEE Our equal opportunities committee, led by Olivia (Equal Opps Officer) is here to provide the JCR with support on any equal opp issue. There are four other Officers at the moment: Gender Officer, Spectrum Officer, BME Officer and Disabilities Officer, but if you think there is another group that would benefit from representation on this committee, then let Olivia know! The Equal Opps committee also meets with the Welfare Team and Access and Admissions Officer regularly, so please do tell us if you have any ideas about improving equal opps in any of these areas.
Equal Opportunities Officer Olivia is here to help you deal with unfair discrimination; on whatever grounds, wherever you may encounter it and whatever form it takes. This may include religious needs or gender and race issues. She also has an important part in leading our equal opportunities committee (more about this below!). Olivia Chinwokwu Email: email@example.com Mob: 07932382680
Gender Officer Facing any gender related problems or have a particular gender issue you want to promote? Then Liâ€™s your girl! Goh Li Sian is mandated to provide help with gender issues, and liaise with OUSU and other womenâ€™s officers. Goh Li Sian Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabilities Officer If you are struggling to take notes in lectures due to dyslexia, or finding certain staircases too narrow for crutches, don’t suffer in silence! Dan Stubbins will be able to put you in contact with the disabilities office, as well as direct you to the other relevant sources of help (of which there are many!) both in college and university-wide. Dan Stubbins Email: email@example.com
Spectrum (LGBTQ) Rep If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or just curious about issues of sexuality and gender, there is support available. Jim is mandated to provide help with sexuality and gender issues; he distributes any new LGBT information, runs events and liaises with OUSU, LGBTQSoc and the university to make sure our support is always effective and helpful to you. Jim is also available to chat with, or email, if you have any problems, or just questions, about gender, sexual orientation, coming out and other LGBTQ issues. Jim also organises some truly awesome Queer crew dates. Whether you’re straight or queer - it’s a must do to go out on a Queer crew date while here at Corpus. Jim Everett Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BME Officer Hanz is here to represent the BME (Black, Minority and Ethnic) students, as well as to help other students wanting to learn about the different backgrounds and cultures represented in the Corpus JCR. As well as promoting events and celebrating the diversity of our JCR, Hanz is there to help you with anything BME-related, from dealing with prejudice to helping raise awareness of a particular cause. Hanz McDonald Email: email@example.com
PEER SUPPORT The peer supporters are some of the greatest assets to JCR welfare. They are members of the JCR who have been specially trained in an intensive programme of listening skills by the Oxford Counselling Service. Like the welfare officers, they abide by strict codes of confidentiality, and they also have links to the peer supporters at Jesus College, to whom they are willing to refer anyone who’d like to talk to someone out of college. They are also able to point you in the direction of other sources of help if need be, and you can moan to them about anything that might be affecting your life at Corpus, from work stress to relationship problems. They run drop-in sessions and events as a collective but also operate as individuals and are happy to be contacted directly if you want to arrange to talk. But, first and foremost, they are friendly faces around college that can simply be approached informally in the JCR, on the High Street or wherever you find them if you want to talk confidentially to someone impartial, non-judgmental and understanding.
“I do Peer Support because the ladies like a guy who listens. Not really. I know as well as anyone that Oxford can be a stressful place, and I think there’s no better use of my time than helping people deal with their emotional problems and make the best of their time at university.” “When life gives you lemons, build a lemonade stand and use the profits of your business to buy a machine gun. Let's see if life makes the same mistake twice...”
“How you feel is important, and Oxford can sometimes put too much emphasis on thinking and rationality”
THE SCR (THE ADULTS) The JCR does everything possible to support its members but, should you want to talk to someone older, or someone outside the JCR, then these people in college are here to help and are always welcoming, confidential and non-judgemental should someone approach them with a problem.
Tutor for Men - Dr Geert Janssen Geert is the Tutor for Men, and is available to talk to all members (not just male) of college, in confidence, on welfare related matters. He can be contacted by email to arrange a meeting or ask any question. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutor for Women - Dr Anna Marmodoro Anna is the Tutor for Women and is available for all members of college to talk to; especially those who would prefer to talk to someone female and part of the SCR. However, anyone can come and talk to her in confidence. You can contact her by email to arrange a meeting.
Senior Tutor - Dr Neil McLynn Neil McLynn, as senior tutor, is well placed to advise any student on any academic problems they may be having, especially if they would like to talk to someone other than their tutor. He is very helpful and has lots of good advice and information to give. Email: email@example.com
Dean - Dr Robin Murphy As well as being in charge of disciplinary matters in college, the dean and junior deans are also in charge of dealing with any matters of harassment which take place (staff or student, in or out of Corpus). To contact the dean just drop him an email to arrange a meeting. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Deans The junior deans are not just the ones to go to for party permission; they are also the ones who are around college at night. Amy lives in NB44/45 and Sophie in 2.6 and so are well placed to help or talk to you. Don’t forget that you can always just ask your tutors, and they are also likely to be the people that you are most familiar with and know you best. Amy Bilderbeck: email@example.com Sophie Godard Desmarest: firstname.lastname@example.org
If in doubt… If you’re at a loss about something, a good rule is: ‘go to the lodge’. The lovely porters possess a wealth of practical information about college, from how the washing machines function to directions to someone’s room. They’re also great for light bulbs, advice, or just a chat and a friendly face and there’s someone at the lodge 24 hours a day. They’ve even been known to give emergency chocolate to tired, stressed students leaving the library late at night after a long pre-exams revision session…
Your Local Surgery: Doctors- Dr. Gancz and Dr. Drury When you joined up back in August, the College will have automatically signed you up to a Surgery very near college. The Surgery itself is located on Oriel Square at 9 King Edward Street, open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, call 01865 242657.
Dentist- Mr D S Le Tocq Surgery is located at 31 Beaumont Street and appointments can be made by calling 01865 557507.
The College Nurse Anthea Jones Phone: 01865 (2)76705 (Corpus) [Just dial 76705 from an internal college phone] 01865 557 507 (Home) Anthea is the very experienced college nurse for Corpus, Oriel and Jesus. The nurse is in college Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.15 – 10.45 and Wednesday and Friday 12.30pm to 2.00pm. She is on call on Saturdays. She can also be contacted at email@example.com. During this time, you can contact her on her Corpus number. She’s also available in emergencies on Saturday mornings using her home number.
If you decide you need to go home, it’s generally fine, but please bear in mind you should inform the college before doing so. The easiest way of letting the college know that you are going home is to tell the porters. 13
IMPORTANT EXTERNAL NUMBERS
In the UK, The Emergency number is 999 and the European Union standardised number of 112. The John Radcliffe Hospital- Headley Way, Headington, Oxford Phone: 01865 741 166 This is where the local 24-hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit is. Don’t forget that if someone is seriously injured or their life is at risk, you should call 999.
NHS Direct NHS Direct is a 24-hour, 365-day service providing confidential advice and health information. There Website is amazing. Call: 0845 4647 Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Oxford Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) Clinic, Churchill Hospital, Headington Oxford GU Medicine provides a range of sexual health services including contraception, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infections testing, HIV services and free condoms. Call: 01865 231231
Alec Turnbull Family Planning Clinic- Raglan House, 23 Between Town Road, Cowley, Oxford The Alex Turnbull Family Planning Clinic can offer free advice about birth control, free contraception, the morning after pill and can give information about continuing with, or terminating pregnancy. Call: 01865 456 666
Oxford Pregnancy Advisory Service- 08457 304030 Clinton Clinic Call: 01865 226243 24hr Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Service from the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. 14
FINANCIAL SUPPORT Oxford can be a very expensive place, but fortunately there is plenty of support available to those who need it; and there are also many places to go to for advice should you need it. Home students should all be eligible for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan, and if they need it, various means tested grants are also available from the Student Loan Company, and this should all be applied for before students get to Oxford. It is worth noting that you need to reapply every year to make sure that you get the following years loan and that the deadline for doing so is around June. If you donâ€™t apply in time your loan may not be paid till well into Michaelmas. International students are not eligible for the same loans etc. (unless you are from an EU country)- so you must also pay international student fees. Here are some helpful places to go to apply for student finance: England: Student Finance England www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Northern Ireland: Education and Library Board or www.studentfinanceni.co.uk Scotland: Students Award Agency for Scotland or www.saas.gov.uk Wales: Local Authority or www.studentfinancewales.co.uk EU: http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance-eu US:www.admin.ox.ac.uk/studentfunding/us_loans/inde x.shtml
There is also the Oxford Opportunity Bursary, which is available to UK students with a household income of less than £50,000. It has a value of between £200 and £4000. To apply you simply need to have signed the bursary consent statement in the student finance (PN1) form. For more information: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/studen t_funding/oxford_opportunity_bursaries/index.html
If you get into any financial difficulty, there are many sources of help in Oxford. It’s normally best to start through the normal welfare routes but you can also go to the bursar, Ben Ruck Keene, or his PA Kerry Atkinson. They will be able to help you apply for the several hardship funds which are available to you, as well as the Access to Learning Fund, the University Hardship Fund or the College Hardship Fund. You may want to work in the vacation in order to earn more money. If you choose to do so it is important to remember that you may be eligible to pay tax. In order to find out more about this go to: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/students/work_hols_while_student_8_ 1.htm There are also many sources of financial support for student parents, including: Childcare Grant, Part-Time Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance, Child Tax Credit and the Working Tax Credit. To find out more about these go to: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/studentfunding For any more information about student finance and funding you can go to: Student Financial Support, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford. OX1 2JD firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.admin.ox.ac.uk/studentfunding
UNIVERSITY WIDE SUPPORT OUSU Welfare OUSU (Oxford University Student Union) coordinates and has information on all of the welfare provision across the university. They liaise with your college welfare officers as well as providing support to students themselves. email@example.com
Student Advice Service This is a service run by OUSU which offers guidance and advice for students on a wide range of issues, from health to academic discipline and advocacy. You can go to the OUSU offices or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 288461
University Counselling Service This is a professional, impartial and confidential counselling service which is freely available to everyone in the university, and which is capable of dealing with a whole spectrum of things. It is located at 11 Wellington Sq. To book an appointment just contact: email@example.com or 01865 270300
Nightline Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening service which is run by trained students. It is available from 8pm to 8am during term time, you can contact Nightline by: 01865 270 270 (or 70270 internally) or you can also visit nightline at the Basement Flat 16 Wellington Square.
Disabilities Office This office is here to help students with disabilities during their time in Oxford and will be able to give Oxford-specific answers to questions as well as more general information. 01865 289 840 (or 89840 internally) or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Harassment Support If you have any questions about harassment, both in and outside of the university, or you would like some confidential support and advice on harassment call: 01865 270 760 (or 70760 internally)
Oxford’s LGBT students have plenty to keep them occupied. Oxford University’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Society was founded in 1969 and is now one of the largest student societies in the university organising over twenty five events every term. LGBsoc exists mostly in a social and welfare capacity: a way for queer students to socialise in a safe and fun environment. LGBsoc events include weekly Drinks, film nights, women’s pizza and wine parties, Sunday teas, trips to London and club nights to name but a few. Yearly balls are put on and are very well received, so investigate and buy your tickets quickly!
The most popular LGBsoc event is ‘Drinks’ which takes place every Monday in one of the colleges drawing a mixed crowd from across the university. A fairly even mixture of men and women make the most of the ridiculously low prices at the bar creating a great atmosphere. It is a chance to meet up with old friends, to make those friends, or just get to know people from across the university. Fun and relaxed, it is designed to cater to all tastes, so make sure you give it a go. If you are worried about not knowing anyone on your first visit, then get in touch with your college LGBT rep or our welfare officers and they can meet you beforehand. With three welfare officers on the LGBsoc committee (male, female and graduate) help and support is easily accessible, they even offer an anonymous MSN messenger service. There is also a huge Queer Parenting scheme which matches Freshers with a ‘parent’ (an existing student) who aims to introduce their child to queer life in Oxford. Existing students not familiar with LGBT life can also enter this scheme by requesting a queer sibling! Sunday events have a welfare aspect, but are also a great opportunity to do some daytime catch up with your friends over an ice cream or a picnic. Whatever you are looking for, LGBsoc will have something for you – films, speakers, huge parties, and small pizza nights. Of course if there is something we could be doing better, or you want to get involved, drop someone an email and we will do our best to put it right, or get you on the committee. Mostly importantly, come along and have fun!
For more information or to sign up for a Queer Parent go to: www.lgbsoc.com or why not speak to our LGBTQ Rep Jim Everett: email@example.com
For many Freshers this may be the first time you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy sex. However, just because you have the opportunity, doesn’t mean you should forget all that Grandma told you. It’s important to stay safe while having sex, not just for your sake, but for your fellow students. If you have any more specific concerns there is plenty of information available: http://www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout/Pages/sex-worth-talking-about.aspx http://www.brook.org.uk/ You can also come any talk to the college doctor or nurse or any of the welfare people in confidence. The JCR welfare officers also provide free condoms, dental dams, lube and pregnancy tests. Condoms are available from the machine in the plumber, while dental dams, lube and pregnancy tests can be obtained by contacting the welfare officers. You can also email them anonymously to ask for welfare supplies using the welfare gmail account: Username: corpus.welfare(@googlemail.com) Passwords: condoms!
The Condom Machine is maintained by Jess and Mike. It’s in the plumber. Use the box of 2ps on top of the machine to get your condom. Use the slot on the left hand side. If there is none left check out the pidges (Mike’s and Jess’s pidges) or use the Gmail account above.
SEXUAL HEALTH A-LICE
Chlamydia & gonorrhoea: Unusual discharge from the genitals (penis or vagina), pain urinating (weeing), pain in the lower abdomen. However, about 80% of women who have Chlamydia get no symptoms at all. Genital warts: Flat or cauliflower-like bumps around the genitals. Genital herpes: Painful blisters or ulcers on the mouth or genitals. Flu-like symptoms like headache or swollen glands. Syphilis: Ulcers (which are often painless) on the genitals. Rashes, flu-like symptoms. Pubic lice: Itching around the genitals, black powder found in underwear, white specks in pubic hair. If you discover any “issues” then these are the places to go: GUM clinic: Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Headington 01865 231 231 Alec Turnbull Family Planning Clinic (provides emergency contraception): Raglan House, Between Towns Road, Cowley. 01865 456 666
More Useful Contacts Corpus Lodge: 01865 276 700 (or 76700 internally) Oxford Police: 0845 505 505 The Samaritans: 01865 722 122 or 08457 909090 Student Loans Company: 0800 405010 Oxford Rape Crisis Centre: 01865 726 295
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
We all know that alcohol and drugs can have serious negative health effects. Especially with alcohol is it easy to go too far without realising it. It is therefore important to be aware of what you are doing and the risks which are involved. With alcohol the recommended daily intake is 2-3 units for women and 3-4 for men, one unit being about a shot of vodka or a small glass (125ml) of wine, or half a pint of lager. With both alcohol and drugs there is the problem of not knowing what is going on and what you are doing. This is problematic because under such intoxication you may be:
More prone to being assaulted More prone to assault Date rape Falling over and injury Loss of consciousness Getting lost alone Work being affected Losing possessions
Six of the above happened last year because people let themselves go. Be sensible, think about how much you are drinking and do things such as eating a good meal before drinking (Jamal’s?), to line your stomach. If you think that a friend is dangerously intoxicated and that this may pose a problem to their health, call an ambulance (999). Put them in the recovery position and check that their airway is clear. When talking to the ambulance paramedics and doctors, try and tell them exactly what the person has taken, so that they are able to treat them as fast and effectively as possible. If
they have vomited it is important to clear their airway and put their head on its side so that they do not choke on their vomit. The porters lodge also has a vomit clear-up kit. In the long-run there is also the problem of addiction which is associated with alcohol and drugs. There are several places in Oxford where you can go and seek help on such matters:
Oxfordshire Specialist Community Addictions Service (SCAS) provides assessment and treatment to people with drug and alcohol addictions. The service is largely community based and is provided jointly with GPs in health centres or resource centres (shared care) across the county Address: Rectory Centre Rectory Road Cowley Oxford Oxfordshire OX4 1DU Phone: 01865 455623, in an emergency, call 01865 778911 http://www.drugscope.org.uk/ http://www.talktofrank.com http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/ http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/servlets/home http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/ http://www.ukna.org/ http://www.nta.nhs.uk/
Mikeâ€™s Drink of Choice:
Drugs (all illegal categories thereof) are not part of the culture here at Corpus and are not tolerated. Usage could (and probably wouldâ€Ś.) result in you being sent down. Bad Times. 22
Oxford is generally a very safe city. However, walking back home alone from a club can be quite scary. So keep your wits about you. Safety around Oxford can be an issue, especially at night, and students are targeted in the area by criminals. JCR Welfare Officers can supply attack alarms at £1.60. If anything does happen call either 999 or in a non-emergency situation, the Oxford Police on 08458 505 505 There are various schemes to help you get home safely: Safety Bus - The Safety Bus is available from 9pm to 3am Mondays to Saturdays, and 9pm to 1am on Sundays, to pick you up and deliver you to any destination within the ring road. They ask for a £1 donation per trip. Priority is given to vulnerable people and individuals. You can call the Safety Bus on 07714 445050. Walksafe - Students requiring an escort home should ring the volunteers with a name, present location, and final destination. The volunteers will then set out as a pair, male and female, to pick up the student and escort them home. You can contact them on 01865 279 045 or 07768 371 882. Walk Safe is available Tuesday to Friday, 9pm to 1am. Corpus JCR Approved Taxi Services It is safest to order a taxi from the lodge, rather than hailing one in the street, especially if you’re alone. If you’re coming back from the club then ring up one of the following numbers: 001 - 01865 240 000 ABC – 01865 77 00 77 Radio – 01865 24 24 24 Royal Cars – 01865 777 333
For most people food is more than a means of surviving. Food can be enjoyable or it can be a source of anxiety, distress and shame. Eating disorders can also be seen as an outward and physical expression of internal emotional pain and confusion. The emotional distress is often to do with a negative perception of self, relationship or family problems, anxiety or depression, and an overwhelming feeling of being unable to change "bad" things about themselves or their situation. Food can be then used as an inappropriate way of taking control, as feelings of needing to be in control as well as fearing being controlled or out of control, are usually present in people with eating disorders.
Things you can do to help yourself
Recognising that you have a problem is the first stage to free yourself from the grip of an eating disorder.
Try to eat a good balanced diet, which suits you and keeps you healthy. This does not mean a rigid routine, but a flexible and varied diet. Seeing a nutritionist to work out a programme of healthy eating is a way of doing something positive for yourself.
Challenge any "distorted thinking" you may have about yourself, weight and eating. Recognise that your body is not the same as your identity.
Talk to one of the Welfare Officers, talk to a peer supporter you feel comfortable with, drop in for a quick chat after Welfare Tea on a Tuesday or Thursday or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try not to keep it a secret any longer. Talk with your friends and family if you can and try to be receptive if friends and family express concern about your eating or weight. If it is too difficult to talk to those who are close to you, it may be time to seek help from one of the members of the SCR, or the OUSU Counselling service.
How to help a friend whom you suspect has difficulties with food:
Remember that your friend is a person first, and someone who has difficulties with food second. Continue with the normal activities you engage in together and do not allow issues of food to dominate the friendship.
Tell them of your suspicions, how it makes you feel and be prepared for them to deny they have a problem.
Be supportive and encourage them to seek professional help. However, if they choose not to seek help that is their responsibility, not yours.
Do not nag about food, spy on your friend or get drawn into becoming some form of monitor or control.
Be available to listen to your friend so they can talk about their feelings, but do not take on more than you can comfortably cope with. Everyone has limits – of knowledge, time, and understanding – so offer the level of support that you can sustain and do not let this take over your life or interfere with your work.
If you feel overwhelmed by your friend's problems, or are very concerned about them, you can contact a professional yourself to get some support and advice.
Useful books on eating disorders: Title
Author and Publisher
Overcoming Binge Eating
Fairburn, Guilford Press
Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders
Schmidt and Treasure, Psychology Press
OUSU run a great event called “Enough!”- Which is really helpful if you think you’re suffering from an eating disorder, or are a past sufferer. For more info on this go to: http://www.ousu.org/welfare/eating-disorders/
The focus of much of Oxford life is obviously your academic work- you are here to get a degree after all! This means academic work can be the source of many of the big problems faced by students in Oxford. Almost all students will encounter some problem with their academic work at some point in their degree, and it is really important to be aware of the support which is offered to students. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to come forward with any problems you might have; the earlier you talk to someone, the faster it will be resolved. If you have an academic-related problem which you would like to raise you should (depending on the nature of the problem) try and talk directly to your tutor. If you would like to talk to someone else about the matter you can talk to any one of the JCR welfare officers, Peer Supporters or the guy directly in charge of your academic welfare - Senior tutor, Neil McLynn. For NM’s contact info see the SCR stuff above.
REVISION First things first- Don’t worry too much about collections. They really are just like Progress Tests / Mocks at school. So chill out and enjoy them. The best way to increase confidence and reduce anxiety is to be well prepared, so start your revision in good time. Many tutors in Oxford will build it into your course but you will need to make your own plans as well to make sure you have covered all the topics you think you need to know.
Some key Revision Tips:
Begin by spending a little time organising your work space and your material. It can help to separate out the areas where you work and those where you relax. Think about using libraries to do most of your work. Move things that distract you into the area where you relax. Similarly organise your notes and files so that you can find things easily. This will also give you some idea of your strengths and weaknesses. See past papers. Make sure you know the format of the exam. You might like to look at some past papers for the last two years. See also Examiners' Reports. Select topics you intend to answer questions on – usually this will depend on what you are interested in and feel you understood best and also on what you feel is likely to come up in the exam (use past papers as a guide). As a rule of thumb revise the number of questions that you are required to answer plus two but this is not appropriate for some subjects – consult your tutor if in doubt. How much you decide to revise may also depend on the time you have available. Make sure the topics you have chosen come up fairly regularly. Make a revision plan. Allocate more time to subjects you are unsure about or did a long time ago. More recent work will be fresher in your mind and will probably not need as much time spending on it. Your plan needs to be flexible to allow for some things taking longer than you expect. Be realistic about how much time you can work each day and how much you can get through in the time. Revise subjects that make you feel anxious fairly early on so that you reduce the anxiety and feel you have the time to deal with them. It may be best not to do them first however but to begin with something you know well to boost your confidence. Never leave subjects that cause you anxiety till the last minute. Read new material and expand your notes early on. Active revision is better than passive revision. Take notes. Make summaries of notes. Review what you have learned regularly. Recite aloud, test yourself, make cards or tapes to use outside the study situation. Practice. Use the material you have learned to write essay plans, write answers to single questions from past papers, do full collections if these have been avoided. Practice gobbets or short answers, if these are part of your exams. Get feedback from tutors if possible. Mathematicians and some scientists seem to revise best by working through past papers. Look after yourself. Revision is hard work so make sure you eat and sleep well and take time off to relax, see friends and exercise. This will make you more productive. So come to Welfare Tea. Also during prelims we will be putting on some very special events in the JCR. Find out more in Trinity! Avoid excessive use of caffeine and alcohol - although still come to Welfare Tea. Obv.
Oxford can be a highly pressurised environment- and sometimes old habits, or new ones begin. If you’re deliberately injuring yourself by cutting, scratching or pricking to draw blood then you have begun to self harm. All kinds of people self-harm, but it's most common among girls age 15-19 and men aged 20-24.The reasons people self-harm are often misunderstood. It isn't about attention seeking. Or wanting to die. Most people who self harm have been through bad stuff in their live- whether it’s Bullying. Or abuse. Or bad family relationships. They may feel bad about themselves. As pressure builds up, self harm can feel the only way of dealing with it. Sometimes a physical pain provides a relief to the feelings in their head. People who self harm usually want to stop, but don't know how else to cope. They may not know how to express emotions, or perhaps they believe that they're bad and deserve to be punished. You don't have to keep it secret or let it rule your life. Talk to someone today. Start with a Peer Supporter or one of our Welfare Officers. If you’re feeling brave enough try Judith Maltby or the GP. Small steps first. If you’re feeling too scared to tell people about what you’re doing, try doing something else when you get the urge to harm. Get outside and do something else. Learn to spot when the pressure is building up. Know that everyone has times like this. Install a punch bag. Beat up a pillow. Squeezing an ice-cube or flicking an elastic band works for many people. 28
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