Feeling down? Get support at Queen Mary and outside

Students and staff can feel low at any time of year including the festive period where everyone else can seem to be happy.

If you’re not feeling yourself there’s no shame in asking for help and talking about how you feel.

Help at Queen Mary

Mental Health First Aiders

Queen Mary has a dedicated network of Mental Health First Aiders who are trained in listening non-judgmentally and helping you find the support you may need.

In the School of English and Drama:

  • Rupert Dannreuther
  • Bridget Escolme
  • Suzi Lewis

If none of these people are available please consult the building based list here. You can talk to any of the Mental Health First Aiders in confidence.

QMUL Advice and Counselling Service

Specialist and confidential advice and support for welfare, financial, emotional and psychological issues.

www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk / 020 7882 8717 /  welfare@qmul.ac.uk

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Confidential advice, guidance and support for students with diagnosed mental health conditions and those who have experienced a mental health crisis.

www.dds.qmul.ac.uk / 020 7882 2756 / dds@qmul.ac.uk e

External Support

  • Samaritans: Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
  • NHS 111: Get access to trained medical professionals on the phone. They can also arrange emergency appointments out of hours for example.
  • Tower Hamlets Mental Health Line: 24 hour mental health crisis line has been launched by the Trust to support people living and working in Tower Hamlets.
  • The Haven (Sexual Assault Centre): The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Get festive with our First Year Party, PGRS Literary Quiz and QMTC’s SLAPPIN’ DA BASS variety night this week

English First Year Party | Thursday 13 December 2018 | 4-6pm | ArtsOne Foyer

“You may well know this already, but this is just to let you know that there will be a Year One End of Term Party, Thursday 13th December 4-6pm, ArtsOne foyer. There will be nice nibbles, and good cheer, and it’ll be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of your first semester at Queen Mary.

Wishing you a happy week 12, and hope to see you on Thursday.” Rachael Gilmour, Head of English.

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PGRS PhD Panel and Literary Quiz | Thursday 13 December | 5.15pm  | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and SCR Bar

In a change to the usual format, we will be welcoming two current PhD students and members of last year’s PGRS committee to give papers on their research. We will then be heading over to the Senior Common Room Bar for a special Christmas quiz.

Our speakers are:

  • Di Beddow: The Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Danny Rhodes: Yeats’s Missing Ghosts: Hauntings and Materialisations in the Radium Age.

Harriet Baker, Will Burgess, Hannah Donovan, Charlotte McCallum, Charlie Pullen, Julie Tanner, Frith Taylor, Vincenzo Torromacco, Alice Wickenden

Watch this space for details or follow us on Twitter @QMEnglishPGRS




SLAPPIN’ DA BASS | Friday 15 December 2018 | 7pm | Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

‘Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

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SED staff member Hari Marini presents her video poetry at international festival

Hari Marini (Drama and Admin Team) is presenting her video work Spirals 7th International Video Poetry Festival which takes place in Athens on 14-15 December.

Details here: https://theinstitute.info/?p=3252 and this is the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/316809979170519/

About the film

Spirals is a poetic journey that crosses geographical borders and unites European female voices in an exchange of languages, cultures, personal narratives and modes of expression. Through the symbol of the spiral, the project explores thresholds, migration, path, nature, home and sense of belonging; the spiral acts as a sign of becoming, transforming and awareness. Poems written by contemporary female poets, recorded material, music and movement are part of a series of performances, photography and video-work. Women create and walk on spirals in a variety of places, such as London, Broadstairs, Coventry, Barcelona, Athens and Belgrade.
Hari Marini – PartSuspended (UK) (www.partsuspended.com/)

Watch online

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