Six things students can do to boost their mental health

Mar 3, 2016 by

University mental health day is the perfect time to take stock of how you’re feeling, the things that stress you out and the activities that lift your mood

It’s well-known that university can be a mental health pressure-cooker for students. Far from being the best years of their lives, many are lonely and being away from home can amplify academic, relationship and financial problems.

A survey by the National Union of Students (NUS) in December found that the majority of students (78%) had experienced mental health issues in the last year, with a third saying they had had suicidal thoughts and more than half (54%) saying they didn’t seek support.

University mental health day, founded by the University Mental Health Advisers Network (Umhan) in 2012 and supported by Student Minds, was started to encourage students to talk about their mental health and improve their understanding of how to support others.

It’s an understatement to say mental health is complicated, and there is obviously no quick fix to curing yourself of a serious problem. If you’re suffering, your first port of call should be your university’s mental health service or local child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Source: Six things students can do to boost their mental health | Education | The Guardian

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