Here are some useful resources to help you deal with student stress and anxiety;

There are a lot of pressures on students today, and many struggle with stress and anxiety. Moving away from home, living in a new city, sharing a house with new people, splitting bills and dealing with student debt, cramming for exams, trying to make new friends, the causes of stress and anxiety can seem endless. In fact, a survey by the National Union of Students (NUS) in December found that 78% of students had experienced mental health issues in 2015.

Thankfully, there is a growing understanding of the mental health pressures that students face and a growing number of resources to help.

The University Mental Health day was established by charities to encourage students to talk about their mental health and improve their understanding of how to support each other as well as seek support for themselves. Understanding mental health is very complicated and knowing what to do to help yourself or a friend can be equally daunting. However, there are some simply steps that could make a big difference in your life, or the life of a friend.

 

Talk to a friend or peer:

The first thing to do if you are feeling anxious or stressed is to talk to your family, friends or peers about it. More often than not, your friend will be feeling similarly and you’ll be reassured you’re not alone. Whether its stress caused by relationship issues, trying to get on top of coursework or dealing with your student living arrangements, you may well be going through the same things. By talking to your peers you will be able to better understand what you are experiencing and try to support each other.

 

Talk to a person you respect:

Often talking to your academic tutor or professor is a great place to start. They will be able to give you a world of experience and advice that could really help relieve some stress. If you are facing academic difficulties, which is causing stress, then talking to your tutors to let them know the situation is incredibly important. They will be able to support you in the best way possible to help you handle your academics in the healthiest way possible.

 

Your student union may well have a welfare officer who can direct you to the resources they have available to help students suffering from stress. It might be that you need financial advice to help you manage your student finances, or help with living arrangements if you are sharing a house with others, for example. Student unions are often well resources to help with these situations.

 

Get specialist advice:

There are many many charities and services that are focused on supporting people suffering with mental health issues, and in particular students. Here are a list of charities who specialise in supporting students mental health;

Student Minds

Young Minds

Mind

 

Take care of yourself:

Staying healthy, eating well, doing exercise and getting sleep all seem like basing concepts. But these simply things can go a long way in helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Likewise, nothing beats finding something you are passionate about, and spending time with people who share that passion. So get involved with student groups or societies, meet new people and make amazing friends.

 

University is an incredible time in your life, so don’t worry if you’re nervous or finding things difficult. Many people do. Best of luck with the year ahead and have an amazing time!!


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