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Mental health

Life in higher education can be lots of fun, but it can also be overwhelming. If you are experiencing anxiety or feeling depressed, don’t worry - it’s perfectly natural but don’t try to deal with it alone.

Charlotte found things hard when her work increased and her university didn’t provide the support she needed:

Things have just been a lot more stressful. Thankfully I’ve done alright because I’m so determined, but it’s just been a lot more stressful and tiring than it should have been.
Charlotte

There is a lot of help available:

  • Counselling service: almost every university has a counselling service. You can speak to trained counsellors and everything you discuss will be kept confidential.
  • Helpline: many universities and colleges offer a helpline service for students. If you just feel like you want to talk to someone anonymously and in confidence, these can be a good source of support. They’re often open during the night, when people can sometimes feel overwhelmed by things away from the hustle and bustle during the day. Check your university or college’s website.
  • Young Epilepsy helpline: our confidential helpline service is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm on 01342 831432. Or you can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text: 07860 023 789.
  • Your doctor: we’d also recommend you get in touch with your doctor if things get hard. They may be able to offer some guidance or point you to someone that can help.
  • Other organisations: there are a number of different organisations you can turn to for support or just someone to talk to:

Katie felt stressed and turned to her tutor for support:

I could tell I was stressed so I went to see my tutor because she’s really easy to talk to
Katie

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