About student life and mental health 

Studying is likely to bring a number of changes to your life. Ideally, it is enjoyable and interesting, but it can also be challenging, especially if you are also living with a mental health problem.

You might face certain challenges, such as:

  • Meeting and working with new people
  • Exams
  • Deadlines for written work or presentations
  • Managing your own finances
  • Coping with homesickness if you study away from home
  • Balancing the demands of studying with demands of other commitments
  • Maintaining relationships with family and friends
  • If you study away from home, finding new housing and possibly living with new people

Coping with new challenges can have an impact on your mental health, but there are lots of things that you can do to make your time as a student easier and more enjoyable.

“The tutors who I chose to open up to were supportive. It was as a result of asking for help that I realised that with a few adjustments I would be able to finish my course, and nobody thought any less of me.”

Students are also at somewhat of a higher risk of developing mental health problems. This could be because of:

  • Your age – many students are young people, and are at the age where they are most vulnerable to developing a mental health problem
  • Stress – becoming a student can be a stressful experience, and although stress is not a mental health problem, it can lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety
  • Lack of support – you may be studying away from home, or just do not have enough time to see your friends and family as often as you once used to. Not having an accessible support network can make you vulnerable to developing a mental health problem
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