Information on financial, psychosocial, and other assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic
In the current situation, where many people feel uncertain and lacking control, it’s important that we turn towards ourselves and focus on our well-being.
It’s perfectly normal if you are confused, lonely, have difficulties studying, and feel anxious and/or angry. Regardless of the challenging situation, it is important to keep in mind that it is temporary and can be resolved. Below is an overview of useful information on psychosocial and financial assistance, as well as other resources to help you cope with the situation.
Information on sources of support will be updated and posted on the UL Career Centres website and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us!
No matter what challenges you face, we want you to come out of this situation empowered, while also aware that we’re in the midst of a global health crisis and that just getting through this difficult period is good enough.
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Free psychological support
- The University of Ljubljana’s psychosocial counselling service provides free psychosocial support to UL students and staff. Currently, counselling is conducted only online, with counselling in English also available. The service has compiled advice on how to effectively cope with the current situation and organise yourself during these times.
- The The National Institute of Public Health has provided a list of mental health experts who offer free counselling during the pandemic in many health centres across Slovenia. They have also set up a COVID-19 psychological support hotline where experienced psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals provide help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call them on the toll-free number 080 51 00.
- Graduate and master’s students of psychology also provide free counselling with prior registration (also in English). Counselling is primarily intended for students, but also available to anyone who is in psychological, social, economic or other distress due to the current situation. You can follow them via Facebook and Instagram (@psihodezinfekcija).
- The Slovenian Hospice Association has set up a relief hotline for those who are witnessing their loved ones dying, and those in bereavement: +386 51 426 578 and +386 51 419 558.
- Mental health helpline (+386 1520 99 00, every day between 7 pm and 7 am).
- The confidential “Samarijan” and “Sopotnik” helplines (166 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Calls are free of charge.
- If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can contact the Association for Non-Violent Communication, every weekday from 8 am to 4 pm. They can be reached at +386 1 4344 822 or +386 31 770 120 (Ljubljana), and +386 5 6393 170 or +386 31 546 098 (Koper). If you are in distress, know that you’re not alone.
Other ways of coping with stress and uncertainty
We have put together a number of online training resources that will help you handle unpredictable situations (including distance learning). Take a look!
Stress management in the time of Covid-19
Mental skills & well-being webinar
Staying active is important
- The Centre for Extracurricular Activities provides exercise sessions for students that take place Monday to Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 6 pm and 7 pm. The schedule is posted a day in advance on the @sport.ul Instagram profile, and under Stories on the @Centre for extracurricular activities Facebook profile. You can also register to get a Zoom link here. You’ll also find exercises that you can do at home on the Instagram profile under Highlights.
- Regular physical activity strengthens your immune system and has a beneficial effect on your mood, especially during stressful times such as these. We encourage you to find, in line with the current restrictions on sports and recreation, activities and spaces that suit you and create a daily routine consisting of at least 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart pumping and makes you work up a sweat. Feel free to help yourselves with the materials available on the Faculty of Sport’s website.
Help in financial difficulties
- The Botrstvo child sponsorship project is run under the auspices of the Ljubljana Moste-Polje chapter of the Friends of Youth Association and aims to help children, adolescents, and their families from all over Slovenia who are in social distress. More information..
- The Social Services Centre provides extraordinary financial social assistance to people or families who are in a situation of material deprivation for reasons beyond their control.
Earning opportunities through student work or employment
- To stay up to date with career opportunities, visit the websites of the UL Career Centres and the Alumni Clubs Network. We will do our best, even more so in the current situation, to find interesting opportunities and enable you to meet potential employers in individual speed-dating sessions.
- Subscribe to the UL Career Centres e-newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement about the online career open house, which will take place between the end of November and the beginning of December. The event will feature presentations from 16 employers who employ graduates in social sciences, humanities, and STEM.
Free education and training
- You can access our education and training courses, events (which are currently carried out online), and job vacancies via the new POPR portal (Personal and Professional Development Portal). The portal allows you to register for events, and you can also sign up for free individual career counselling. If you have student status, you can log in to POPR using your UL digital ID. Students without status can also access content with prior registration.
- We have collected links to resources from various providers, many of which are free. Click here to find something that suits you.
- If you want to be more active during this time, there is number of free education and training courses on personal and professional development. Quite a few of them are also available in our our e-classroom. You can access the e-classroom with your UL digital ID.