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Student Mental Health Help – How to Find Support at Uni

29 September 2021

Your time spent at university will hopefully be some of the best years of your life. From making friends from all over the world to calling a new city home for three-plus years, there’s plenty to get excited about.

Whether you’re heading to uni for the first time, or you are returning to face-to-face learning after the pandemic it’s understandable if, alongside the excitement, you’re feeling a little anxious.

While the butterflies-in-your-tummy feeling is totally normal, being away from home and plunged into unfamiliar situations can trigger other feelings, such as panic and feeling overwhelmed.

During your student life, you should feel safe, comfortable and supported. Our guide to student mental health can advise you on where to turn when you need some support and know that if you need to talk, someone is there for you.

 

What is mental health?

Mental health is your emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Your mental health can impact all your day-to-day actions, from your self-esteem, to how you handle different situations. 

Big changes, such as moving to university, can have a huge impact on your mental health, even if you’ve never experienced these feelings before.

Being equipped to understand what is ‘normal’ when it comes to your own mind can help you know when it’s time to reach out for student mental health help.

 

What are the warning signs of poor mental health?

Students are particularly vulnerable to struggles with their mental health. Being away from home for the first time, and dealing with new stresses such as money management and a packed schedule can have a big impact.

There’s lots of student mental health help available both within your university and outside. The first step to accessing help is to admit that you’re struggling.

Here are some of the signs to look out for in your fellow students, or yourself:

  • Feeling or acting disengaged from university and other activities 
  • Withdrawing from your social life
  • Struggling to concentrate and motivate yourself
  • A change in sleeping patterns or eating habits
  • Feeling tearful, angry or anxious

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and students with mental health issues may experience all, some or none of the above. Unfortunately, mental wellbeing isn’t one size fits all and no two people will have the same feelings.

Where can I access help if I need it?

No matter where you choose to study, most higher education institutions will have a wellbeing service or team which can be a great place to start when looking for student mental health help. 

Mental health and wellbeing teams at university can provide support and advice, and will often signpost you to the appropriate services for your needs. Whether that is a dedicated appointment with an advisor, university counselling services or a support group. 

Head to your chosen university’s website for information on their student mental health help services.

You can also lean on student unions for peer support. Often fellow students will understand what you’re going through, and can act as a support service for you.

Outside of your university, there are other ways to access help if you require it, such as:

  • Your GP – it’s essential if you’re struggling with your health to see a doctor. Whether you have diagnosed mental health conditions or are struggling with mental health problems, they can offer long term solutions.

 

  • The Samaritans – if you need urgent help call 116 123, any time.

 

  • Your family and friends – you are not a burden, and talking to your loved ones can be a huge relief.

 

  • CharitiesMindSane and Student Minds are just some of the charities providing excellent support services for students with mental health difficulties.

 

How will Novel Student support me?

When struggling with your mental health, it’s important to feel supported in all aspects of your life, and this includes your student accommodation provider.

Your surroundings can have a significant impact on your mental wellbeing, and a space should be suitable for you to work, live and play.

At Novel Student, spaces have been designed with your wellbeing in mind. From dedicated social spaces to airy rooms for rest and relaxation, our buildings are designed to give you the best possible base for university life.

There is also an extensive events calendar, where residents have the opportunity to get advice and guidance from professionals.

Find out more about our accommodation, and book today.

 

If you need to talk to someone urgently about your mental health, speak to your GP or an advisor at your university or accommodation.

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