Moving to a new city can be very stressful, especially in the first few months. Particularly now, with COVID-19 and the uncertainty and changes brought by the pandemic, it’s important to have a strong support system, and someone to talk to when it all gets too much. Fortunately, the universities have ample options for you to fall back on when it comes to your mental health, and any worries or anxieties regarding your studies or life in general.
UM offers a range of psychological support services to help you with any problem you might have, from anxiety about your studies, to eating disorders.
The two main types of psychological support offered by UM are individual appointments or group sessions. Individual appointments can help you if you need to talk to someone about your problems. These include problems such as study-related issues, anxiety, depression, conflicts with family etc. The group workshops provide training for students on issues like mindfulness, stress management and loss, and mourning.
To find out what suits you best you can complete an online Quick Psychological Referral, following which the UM psychologists will refer you to the right person, or use the decision tree chart (accessible after login with your student ID). To register for the group activities, follow this link.
When it comes to COVID-19 related questions, UM also provides access to a health counsellor, who can help you deal with any health or medical questions you may have. Unfortunately, in-person consultations are not possible at the moment, but you can find the relevant contact details at this link.
For problems with sexual harassment and assault, bullying and discrimination, you can also get help from a confidential advisor; as the name implies, any information is treated with absolute confidentiality, and it is always up to you whether the university will take action against the person(s) causing the issue.
For students at Zuyd, the university also provides student guidance, in the form of academic and student counsellors. You can refer to the former with all your study-related questions, including any decisions regarding your course and your general academic direction. Student counsellors, on the other hand, are there to help you with any issues you encounter in your daily student life, either because of your studies or private reasons. Zuyd also offers the opportunity to talk to student psychologists and confidential advisors, who can help you deal with psychological problems, and issues with bullying discrimination or aggression, respectively. You can find further information and contact details at this link.
Overall, as students, we at mymaastricht.nl have all at some point had recourse to psychological support provided by our respective universities. We have found that the counsellors truly care about their work and had our best interests at heart. It’s always worth talking to someone about anything that feels overwhelming or difficult to handle alone, so make use of the opportunities provided!
Lastly, if you have an emergency, it is best call your own GP. For out of office hours, call the huisartsenpost on 043-387 7777.