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14May

Mental Health Awareness Week – Day 2 – Student Minds

What support could I get?

There are many different individuals and organisations who can offer you support. If possible, it is helpful to put this support in place when things are going well, so that it is easy for you to ask for help if you start to find things more difficult.  Try thinking about who you feel  comfortable talking to…

You can arrange a meeting with your tutor to discuss any issues, you may be able to arrange: mentoring, study skills training, specific arrangements, financial support.

How can I prepare?

Deciding to become a student? It is always worth attending open days.

Planning your healthcare

If you’re currently receiving treatment , Talk to your current GP before moving, to minimise any disruption

Managing your finances

Studying is likely to affect your personal finances. Creating a weekly or termly budget plan will help you to keep track.

Managing your studies 

Learn how to plan/structure your day, so your schedule is flexible.

What if things don’t go to plan?

-Have a plan B, or an alternative work schedule
-Proactively schedule in ‘spare time’ so that you can catch up if necessary
-Talk to your tutor about extensions or
flexible arrangements in advance.

Studying is likely to bring several changes to your life. It can be enjoyable and interesting, but it can also be challenging.
You might face challenges such as:

  • meeting and working with new people
  • exams, deadlines for written work or presentations
  • managing your own finances
  • coping with homesickness
  • balancing the demands of studying with other commitments, such as caring responsibilities or work
  • maintaining relationships with family and old friends
  • leaving home, finding new housing and living with new people.

Coping with new challenges can have an impact on your mental health, but there are lots of things that you can do to make your time as a student easier and more enjoyable.

Some of the specific things that, as a student, make you more susceptible to mental health problems include:

  • Your age – a large proportion of students are under 25 and around three-quarters of adults with a mental illness have their first episode before turning 25.
  • Stress – becoming a student can be a stressful experience. Although stress isn’t a mental health problem, it can lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
  • Lack of support – you might have left home for the first time, or just don’t have enough time to see your friends and family.
  • Not having a good support network can make you vulnerable to developing a mental health problem.
How can I connect with other students?

For some people, studying is a time where they socialise with a wide range of people and have many new experiences. While this can be positive, it can also feel overwhelming. 

Meeting New People

Being around so many other students creates a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. If you are finding it hard to meet new people, remember many other students will feel the same way. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  • Volunteering 
  • Student Union
  • Clubs or societies 
  • Course forums
  • email groups 
  • Peer Support

Even if you are shy, remember your peers are often in the same situation and appreciate you talking to them!!

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