1 in 4 people have some sort of mental health problem at some point. You are not alone! Here are some helpful organisations that offer support.
Mental health problems can include things like feeling stressed or worried, down or depressed, angry or overwhelmed. Sometimes these feelings can be a reaction to problems in your life like bullying or arguments at home. Sometimes the feelings can be a response to memories or problems from the past. And sometimes you just don’t know why you feel the way you do.
There are various support services on offer to students in HE.
Whether you stay living at home or move away, whether you feel confident about making the transition to HE or not, you may find you need to access the services on offer at your HE provider, these vary from place to place, but might include dedicated and safe places and people to support your mental health, activities to take part in to build emotional resilience and help accessing medical services if it needed. This film shows some other ways HE providers are supporting students…
Everyone needs to be aware of and look after their mental health, prevention is better than cure, here are some tools to help you maintain good mental health, as well as information about organisations that can offer support when you really need it. (Often you can access these services anonymously).
Young Minds provide support for all young people and empower them to overcome life’s challenges.
Text: If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. Texts are free from most major providers.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. As part of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the service is available to young people up to the age of 19.
Phone: 0800 1111
The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Phone: 116 123
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Phone: 0300 123 3393
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably offer immediate support with a helpline and webchat facility, their website features interviews with some famous faces such as Jamie Laing. Plus check out their recent podcasts in collaboration with Radio X’s Mental Health Tool Kit, featuring Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, and comedians Nish Kumar and Ed Gamble, offering advice and real stories about their mental health. They also have a webchat facility, should you need it.
Phone – 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – 12 midnight)
HelpGuide has a host of incredible resources for people suffering from specific disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders and experiencing grief in all its forms. Plus a dedicated section of their website for health and wellness and how to take care of your mental health, including how to practice mindfulness.
Mood Tracker is a website/app which lets you track moods and sleep patterns helping to manage depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.