Psychological Support at Maastricht University
Moving to a new city can be stressful. Especially now, with COVID-19 and the uncertainty brought by the pandemic, it’s important to have a strong support system. Fortunately, the universities have many options for you when it comes to mental health and any worries about your studies or life in general.
What options are available?
Maastricht University (UM) offers a range of psychological support services to help you with any problems you might have, from anxiety about your studies to eating disorders. Some of the options are:
- The Wellbeing Movement (WBM). This is an initiative promoting physical and mental wellbeing at UM. The WBM offers a yearly Wellbeing Week, regular Wellbeing Wednesdays and Wellbeing Evenings. These are set up to give you tools for a healthy and happy student life.
- Students can also book an online Quick Psychological Referral (QPR), a ten-minute online meeting with a university psychologist where you can talk about your current situation and ask your most relevant questions. The UM psychologists will refer you to the right support, if needed.
- At the Inner City Library (ICL) you can find the Mindfulnest. In this lovingly made, stimulus-free cabin, you can take a mindful break between your study periods and recharge your batteries.
The other 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 can be anything from study-related issues, anxiety and depression to conflicts with family, etc. The group workshops provide training for students on issues like mindfulness, stress management, and loss and mourning.
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. In-person consultations are not possible at the moment, but you can find the relevant contact details at this link.
What can you do in cases of sexual harassment?
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’s always up to you whether the university will take action against the person(s) causing the issue.
Psychological Support at Zuyd University
For students at Zuyd University, there is also student guidance in the form of academic and student counsellors. You can refer to the former with all your study-related questions, including any doubts about your course and 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. You can find more 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!