Starting university can be an exciting time, but it can also be a very stressful time. StudentMinds is a UK Student Mental Health Charity, with lots of great resources, including this page on starting university. It gives lots of good tips and advice on how to cope with change and take care of yourself during this period.
You're not alone
1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health problems.
In an NUS survey, 78% of students believed they experienced mental health problems in the preceding 12 months.
The majority of students may experience stress, homesickness, anxiety and depression during their time at university.
There are many people and services around that can help you if you're not feeling well. At IH, the Warden's team is here to provide you with pastoral care 24/7. Although the members of this team aren't trained counsellors, they can provide a sympathetic ear and give you further advice on where to get help.
Here is a list of places you can call or go to for mental health help:
Samaritans - Call 116 123 to talk to someone. They accept calls 24/7 and are Free
London Nightline - Call 0207 631 0101
Camden and Islington Psychological Services self-referral - icope.nhs.uk
Your GP is also there for your mental health, not just your physical health!
Your university may also have counselling services, so it is important to check with them or look on their websites. Here's a list of some of the University of London institutions' psychological services for students:
- University College London
- King's College London
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Queen Mary
- City University
- Royal Academy of Music
Here are a few links with useful advice on taking care of your mental health as a student:
Of course, at any point, please feel free to reach out to the Warden's Team to discuss any issues regarding mental health or other concerns.