Assertiveness means being able to stand up for your own or other people's rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive or passively accepting 'wrong'.
Learning how to communicate assertively is a very useful life skill and this article tells you how you can get support with this from the University or via other resources.
It's always advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, especially if your daily functioning is affected. You should also let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties and these are affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.
The Student Wellbeing Service is available to all students free of charge and is experienced in providing confidential support to students for assertiveness. You may find one or more of our courses and workshops helpful in teaching useful skills to promote your wellbeing.
Useful resources for assertiveness
Wellbeing courses, workshops and events
Get involved in the free support available for you at uni, including support groups, drop-in events and the annual Feel Good Fest.
Wellbeing resources and other support
Expert advice recommended by our Student Wellbeing Service
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