If you are experiencing mental health problems whether feelings of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, an eating disorder or any complex mental health issue, the first thing you need to realise is that you are not alone.
Mental health issues can become worse, if they are not addressed, and can become a worrying issue. But help is out there, and making the most of it can make a positive difference to your life.
If you’re at Uni and beginning to feel overwhelmed by things then there’s a lot of pastoral care available to help, there are counselling services at your Uni or you can seek help from a GP.
You should definitely not feel embarrassed about asking for help, these services are there to support you.
Who can you turn to help?
If you are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts, you can ring the Samaritans for free on 08457 90 90 90.
Mind is a national charity for mental health issues. You can call the Mind helpline on 0300 123 3393 for advice, they can guide you on where to seek help and talk you through medication and types of mental health problems. Mind acknowledges that university can be a really overwhelming time and offers some advice for students on how to cope.
Research by Nightline found that one third of students who experience psychological distress at university experience it at night. Nightline is an anonymous service run by students, for students – you can ring to talk through personal problems or feelings of distress.
Student minds is a national charity that helps students to talk about mental health and seek help. They have a range of resources for students, and advice on different types of mental health problems.
Open up to your flatmates, they might be feeling the same as you. Talking about it to someone who is experiencing or has experienced the same problems will help you more than you think.