- Ever felt stressed? Anxious? Worried? Lonely?
- Ever felt you don't fit in?
- Challenges of life ever made you struggle or feel low?
Most people at the University would answer those questions openly with a 'yes' - students and staff. These are all normal experiences in the complexity of life and the pressures we live in.
If those questions were changed would the answer be different, open, and honest?
- Ever felt depressed? Paranoid? Heard voices?
- Struggled with eating?
- Been too anxious to leave the house?
- Felt the need to harm yourself?
Many people are more apprehensive in openly answering those questions. It does not always feel safe to be honest about those experiences.
The real picture is that mental health, good, bad or indifferent affects all of us. You don't have to be mentally ill to experience difficulty with your mental health. We all have it and it is variable. It is widely reported that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health difficulty at some stage in life. Many are transitory and short lived. Some are much longer term in duration. For some the difficulties last a life time.
In the same way we need to look after our physical health, we need to look after our mental health too.
- If you are struggling with your mental health you are not alone.
We have a mental health advisory team in Student Wellbeing who really understand what you are going through and how we can support you. Please contact us if you need our support at any stage during your studies.
To self-refer please click on this LINK
Free 24/7 Helpline. Student Wellbeing connecting with Health_Assured Phoneline
If you need immediate emotional support at any time of day you can access the 24 hour helpline on:
0800 028 3766 and use Username: wellbeing & Password: LakeMindCard1
If you have experienced a bereavement or if you are feeling low, depressed, stressed, or anxious you can call this support line at any time of the day. You can also call if you need financial, legal, non-urgent medical advice too!
You will speak with qualified counsellors on the call, including a team specialised in the areas of bereavement, finance, law and medical care.