WHAT IS RGU: NIGHTLINE?
RGU: Nightline is a Student-Led peer to peer helpline that offers a non-judgmental, confidential and anonymous listening and support service to students at Robert Gordon University and in Aberdeen outside of University academic hours.
Our specially trained student volunteers recognise that university is a time of many changes and challenges and can empathise with callers. They don’t judge; they don’t give advice; and they certainly don’t tell callers what to do – they just listen. Best of all, Nightline is confidential and anonymous meaning students accessing the service don’t even have to give their name.
It is said that 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health illnesses and for students, this may be for a variety of issues: from academic stress, bullying or debt to loneliness, depression or bereavement; from arguments with flatmates or worries about a friend to addictions, eating disorders or self-harm; from relationship or family problems to sexuality, sexual abuse or abortion. As well as our phone lines, we also offer support via email, instant messaging, and can provide information and supplies such as pregnancy tests, condoms, and attack alarms.
The service will be launching at the start of Semester 2 and we will be looking for volunteers to become Nightline Listeners! Check out or facebook page or email us to find out how to get involved!
Email: NLChair@RGUUnion.co.uk (not anonymous email)
Follow us on twitter: @RGUNightline
Share our page: www.facebook.com/RGUNightline
What happens if I contact a Nightline?
When you contact a Nightline, you’ll speak to a trained volunteer who will listen to whatever’s on your mind and explore any thoughts or feelings that you share. You decide what to talk about, when to leave the call and whether or not you’d like to call back.
Though all Nightlines are unique, they all operate to five core principles.
- Confidential – what callers discuss with Nightline volunteers will not be shared outside of Nightline.
- Anonymous – callers don’t have to give any identifying details about themselves.
- Non-judgmental – Nightline volunteers don’t judge and support callers through whatever it is they’re going through.
- Non-directional – meaning callers decide what they want to talk about and the Nightline volunteer gives them a safe space to do this.
- Non-advisory – Nightline gives the caller space to make their own decision, and supports them in this rather than telling them what to do. “We’ll listen, not lecture.”