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    I'm a 19 year old first year mental health nursing student and I don't know what to do.

    I have past history of anxiety and depression and over the past few months it has been getting increasingly worse. I have moved away from home for university (3 hours by train) and I absolutely hate it here, all I can think about is that I want to go home. I am now unsure about whether I'm on the right course and just don't know what to do. I can't motivate myself to do anything, I just sit in my room, cry and think about how much simpler things would be if I just walked out in front of a car or a train. I'm on my first placement at the moment and just don't want to go to it at all.

    I have been to the doctors, spoken to my parents and my boyfriend and they all say the same thing: to give it time.

    I hate it here but at the same time I don't to drop out due to the money spent on the accommodation etc and the fact that my family always say how proud they are of me, I don't want to disappoint them.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated, I just feel at a loss of what to do

    If you're going to be a mental health nurse, you'll no doubt be helping someone out in the future, who is going through what you are going through now. Instead of battering yourself with your anxiety, think about how you can use this experience in your possible career in the future.


    Please go back and see your GP again (or a different GP); if it was the first time you'd spoken to your GP, it's not uncommon for them to suggest you give it a little time. However if you've been feeling like this for a while, you are entitled to get some support, be it medication or talking therapy or both. It's not okay for them to simply say 'give it time' if you're not coping.

    It's impossible to properly evaluate how you feel about the course and your future when you're feeling this low, so I would suggest that you don't make any rash decisions; it's better to wait until your mental health is under control before you try to figure out whether you should stay on the course or not. It'll be much easier to make a good decision when you're better in yourself.

    Really hope things improve for you soon. x
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