Mental health can sometimes be overlooked or neglected but with diagnoses increasing everyday,it's time to make your mental health a priority. In a survey of university applicants conducted by The Student Room, a quarter of participants admitted to suffering frequent anxiety issues. Of this group 75% reported that they lost sleep, 78% said they struggled to concentrate on their studies, 61% said they experienced panic attacks and 36% admitted to having suicidal thoughts while 33% said they have self-harmed.
This year Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 falls on the week beginning14th May The theme this year is stress.
The campaign aims to help raise awareness of the specific challenges students face regarding support for their mental health while studying at uni. Along with this, the day hopes to improve student's and staff's awareness of support and promote the role of a community and how it can help protect student mental health.
Find out more here.
One of the main things to remember when suffering with a mental illness is that you're not alone. In a bid to make other students feel less isolated, some of the lovely members of the TSR community have share their experiences of coping with mental health issues during university.
Deysey's story - Starting uni with depression
"My university have been nothing but fantastic with my mental illness. I was diagnosed with depression in the early autumn of 2012; with my university life starting in September 2013. I was first hesitant about declaring it on my UCAS application but do not regret it in the slightest; my university (Manchester Metropolitan University) were quick to follow it up once I’d received an offer from themselves.
I was contacted by what was the ‘Learner Development Service’ – now the ‘Disability Service’ who quickly put plans in place for extra support in time for September 2013. A Personal Learners Plan (PLP) was made and this gave me access to things such as extra time on library loans, extended deadlines, the permission to record lectures and any exams that would be usually taken in a large hall would now be in a much smaller room. Just knowing that the support is ‘there’ if I need it has helped a lot with my mental health.
My university’s counselling service have been nothing but fantastic too – they’ve taken on board the level of support I want from them; I see them once a month to just give them an update and it definitely does help knowing you’ve got others looking out for you. I’d recommend to anyone reading this if they’re struggling to reach out to theirs!
I also receive Disabled Students Allowance; the LDS helped me with the application and it was a really, really easy process! Unlike Student Finance – which is means tested; DSA isn’t! I received a free laptop; free Dictaphone (so I could record lectures if my mental health was playing up and I wasn’t in the right place to be