Health and wellbeing
New or ongoing family difficulties can impact on your studies and student experience. There is support available if you're in this position, and it is a good idea to make use of the support available in order to ensure that your studies aren’t unduly affected.
It is always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. Also consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.
If you would like to research more around the topic of family issues, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resources:
How to Survive Family Life
MIND leaflet that considers what it means to be a family, identifies some of the causes of stress within families, and explains how these can be improved.
Relate for Parents and Families
Useful online information and advice about family relationships. Includes articles, videos and podcasts, a blog, the option for parents to chat with each other via the forum, and live online chat with a Relate counsellor.
Relationship counselling service. Portsmouth branch includes individual and couples work, family counselling, sex therapy. Telephone and online (email) counselling is also available.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Charity that provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline to anyone (child or adult) affected by parental alcohol problems and to those concerned with their welfare; website contains information leaflets and links to additional resources.
Family group support for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else's drinking, where members can share their own experience of living with alcoholism. Local Portsmouth group meets weekly.