Drinking and sometimes drugs can suddenly become a big part of your social life while at university, be it taking them yourself or being around those who do. The key thing to remember is that you are under no pressure to do anything you do not want to do, and are fully in your right to say no when offered something. It doesn’t make you a ‘buzz kill’ or ‘boring’ – instead it makes you your own person.
And if you do choose to try anything we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible, and if something does happen there is loads of support available to you. Click on the links below to find out what that support is!
If you have a concerns about drugs or alcohol and don’t know who to go to, email Tell.Me@thesu.org.uk for direct and confidential support tailored to your needs.
The Living Support team provide support and signposting for students; dealing with welfare and behaviour issues.
Book an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01326 370460 or make an appointment in person at The Compass helpdesk
The Wellbeing team promote better mental health across the student community and will support you if you are experiencing anxiety, stress and have other mental health problems which are affecting your studies.
Email StudentServices@fxplus.ac.uk or book an appointment at The Compass helpdesk.
If you feel you need to chat to someone but aren't too sure where to go, have a chat with our SU President Community & Welfare.
You can get in touch with them by emailing email@example.com, calling 01326 255861, or by popping in the SU office.
Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.
Check out their website for resources, advice, information and tools to help people make better choices about their drinking.
Would you know what to do in an emergency?
Check out this helpful overview from the NHS including how to deal with common accidents and emergencies, anaphylactic shock, bleeding and more.
This app includes the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions.
Download on the App Store and Google Play.
Mentor brings together the best evidence-based research, policy and practice to enable young people to develop their confidence and resilience to drugs and alcohol.
See their website for more information.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
This website offers support for those who are looking to stop smoking.
Find success stories, expert support and articles about the implications of smoking.
Alcohol Impact is a accreditation initiative which works with students’ unions to promote a responsible drinking culture on campuses across the UK.
Find out more by visiting their webpage.
Students can see a doctor at the Penryn Campus or, if you live in Falmouth, you can register at a nearby surgery.
Find out opening times and a list of surgeries on the webpage.
FRANK is a 24-hour helpline offering advice and information to anybody concerned about drugs and substance misuse.
Their website includes information on local services and support groups, national drug resources and what to do in an emergency.