Leaving friends and family, sharing living space with strangers, and managing personal finances are just a few examples. Because 75% of mental health difficulties start before the age of 24, taking care of your mental wellbeing is integral to making the most of university life. We’ve pulled together this guide to let you know what support mechanisms are in place, should you need to seek help or advice for yourself or a friend while at university.
Based on the first floor of the Students’ Union, our Advice Centre is a free service offering you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. You’ll receive impartial advice and information from our team of experienced and professional advisers, and if we're not the best people to help you ourselves, we will find someone who can help you.
As a Union, we recognise the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing while you’re studying, so each year we run a mental health awareness campaign. This year’s campaign takes place week commencing Monday 8 October, coinciding with World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October.
Rosie Tessler from Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, has compiled a list of things (as published in the Guardian) which may help you to look after yourself at university:
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