We know the COVID-19 outbreak will be a source of concern and anxiety for many students who are applying to university, so we’ve teamed up with Student Minds to support you through this challenging time.
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Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They support students to manage their mental health and help their friends and loved ones. They’re listening carefully to students right now to understand their key concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and have information and advice to help with a range of related issues:

Looking after your mental health

You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal – it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. Read more about looking after your mental health on the Student Minds website.

Guidance for those with ongoing mental health difficulties

For some people, the coronavirus outbreak may trigger compulsive thoughts and unhelpful behaviours, particularly if you have pre-existing conditions such as an anxiety disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you would like more guidance about coping with an ongoing mental health difficulty during the coronavirus outbreak visit the Student Minds website.

Staying at home and your mental health

The prospect of not being able to leave your house much, if at all, may be upsetting, and can negatively impact your mental health. It’s important you take proactive steps to give yourself a sense of normality, maintain a routine, and do things you enjoy – Student Minds shares top tips about looking after your mental health at home.

Xenophobia and racism following COVID-19 concerns

We’re aware that during this period of uncertainty and worry there have been reports of incidents of xenophobic and racist violence across the UK. Hate and discrimination is never acceptable – Student Minds has advice about dealing with harassment.

Supporting your friends and family

During this time it’s really important to look out for each other, so get some top tips for supporting your loved ones on the Student Minds website.

What are other students doing to look after their mental health?

Take a look at the Student Minds blog to hear from students sharing their experiences and tips for looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.


Your UCAS application

Following the recent government announcements of the closure of schools and the cancellation of examinations and assessments in the UK, organisations involved in the higher education admissions process are working flat out to find a solution that’s efficient, fair, and in your best interests. 

We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain situation, and we’re committed to work together to ensure your hard work to date will not go to waste, and that no-one is unfairly impacted in this process by the COVID-19 virus.

Get the latest updates and advice from UCAS on our social media channels.

Don’t forget to reach out to your university or college – or further – if you need support with anything to do with your application or transition to higher education. They will be able to tell you more about the support available, and ensure you have the help you need.

Student Minds has a useful guide to the support available to you in higher education and beyond.

Read more guidance for disabled students and those who have learning difficulties or mental health concerns on ucas.com.


Getting the most reliable information and advice 

Wherever you look, it might feel that coronavirus has taken over your news feeds. This can feel overwhelming, so we all need to be aware of how to work out what is true and what to trust. Read a great explanation form BBC Bitesize on how to do this.

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