Any of us can experience mental health difficulties.
They can range from short-term difficulties that come when we are under pressure, to longer-term problems that require on-going treatment and support. These can include worries and anxieties, to depression, self-harming, substance-abuse and more complex diagnoses such as ‘obsessive-compulsive’ thoughts and behaviours, psychosis and schizophrenia.
The move into higher education is a significant life transition at any age and the transition could put strain on any individual.
The number of students entering education that acknowledge a mental health difficulty and seek support has climbed dramatically in the last five years. There is strong evidence to suggest that one in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty that will require treatment over the course of our life time. Two-thirds of us will know someone who experiences these difficulties.
Mental health difficulties can range from temporary reactions to shock, alcohol, drugs and lack of sleep, to longer-term conditions.
If you have a condition that has lasted 12 months or more (or is likely to), we have a dedicated mental health specialist adviser who provides a confidential and supportive environment for students to discuss their difficulties and any potential support they need.
If you are unsure whether we can help please contact the Inclusion, Diversity and Disability team.
The advice is not counselling although it may prompt a referral to our counselling service.
The adviser will also guide on medical evidence needed to access Disabled Students’ Allowances.
All of us can take steps to look after our own mental health which can include identifying support networks and asking for help if you are feeling distressed, upset, or out of control.
Trying to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle can help you to keep a healthy mental attitude, for example:
- cut down on your intake of coffee, sugar, alcohol, nicotine and other addictive substances
- exercise on a regular basis
- eat a balanced diet including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water
- take time to do things you enjoy, help you relax and feel good about yourself
- reward yourself for goals and achievements.