Which University to protect my mental health? Watch
Sheffield may be a good option in terms of mental health, I suffer from GAD and struggle with the social side of university quite a lot (ironically I'm also studying law).
So far I've found them to be very supportive, as well as having therapy centres and whatnot they're quite good with mental health awareness. There's a big mental health awareness society, where you can meet others in the same boat as you, as well as lots of 'mindfulness' events around the uni. I've been to yoga sessions, dog walking sessions, trips around the scenic parts of Sheffield.
My tutors have all been very accomodating with my illness and a lot of the students are understanding and helpful too. Not to mention Sheffield is a pretty good choice for engineering anyway.
Edit - They also offer free gym access during exam season to tackle exam stress.
Oh great, thank you. Yeah I can't quite put my finger on why, but Sheffield seems to have a really safe and supportive atmosphere to me. When I went to Nottingham it really clicked with me and I could see myself belonging there more than anywhere else, but I'm not sure it seemed quite so supportive and friendly to me as Sheffield did. Do you mind me asking what year you're in? And in first year, where did you live, was it in Ranmoor or Endcliffe? (I think that's what they're called)
I'm about to go into my second year (but I've technically been there two years, I took a leave of absence) I lived in Allen Court in first year, city accomodation as opposed to the others.
Are home and boyfriend near a university? Also, have you been to any Open Day events? You need to look at only those Uni's (if any) that you can see yourself feeling at home, or at least, see yourself going to.
Also I've been to open days for all the unis I'm looking at and I felt most at home at Nottingham and Sheffield.
Wow it must have felt pretty great to get to turn down that offer haha. University of York seems great, good luck!
Something else I'm a bit worried about is if the night/party life drags on my mental health. I know that you don't have to be involved in the night life and drinking and stuff, but the thing is I love all that. I go to lots of parties and gigs and stuff and it's only recently that it's occurred to me that all the drinking probably isn't helping with my mental health, and I'm sure that in uni all that will do the opposite of get better. Are you looking forward to the night life at York?
Also, if your uni has one, seek a counsellor.
I'm at the point of applying for university and I'm really excited to go and study and move out next year. However, I've struggled from a lot of severe mental health issues particularly in the last few years, and only recently, after a lot of medication and therapy, have I been able to pick myself up enough to motivate myself to actually properly study and think about university and the future.
I'm scared that when I go to uni I'll break down again, without having the support and familiarity of my home, parents, boyfriend etc..
I want to do Mechanical Engineering and I'm looking at applying to Oxford, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester. But I get the idea that some of those might be more detrimental to my mental health than others.
I suppose what I'm asking is firstly, how other people with pre-existing mental health issues have coped since starting university, and also which of these unis people have found to have the best atmospheres and support systems in place for helping with this kind of thing.
Thanks : )
There is also the question of how mental health is beyond the university e.g. NHS services vary vastly and other things outside you can do such as mindfulness, charities and so on and local parks, gyms and stuff, it all adds up.