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Students: when to seek help with a mental health problem

Students: when to seek help with a mental health problem

Posted on Thursday, 16 October 2014, in Education & Mental Health, Student Health

Although very exciting times - University life can create many challenges for students: leaving home for the first time, meeting and making new friends, managing on a tight budget and coping with a whole new life.

Often students who have been coping with a problem at home find the new stress and responsibilities hard to manage and may need extra support or therapy in order to cope.

Some common signs that you may not be managing include:

  • weight loss or weight gain
  • sleep problems - too much or too little
  • poor attendance at lectures
  • drinking heavily or taking drugs
  • becoming withdrawn or more agitated
  • anxiety or depression

Do not be embarressed - you are not alone and seeking help whether that be from a friend, family, tutor, GP or mental health professional can make a huge difference.


Eating Disorders in Students

Sadly, teenage eating disorders is on the rise.  We often find that the stress of leaving home and coping with new found independence can bring on or make worse an eating disorder.

If you become aware that either you or a friend is suffering from an eating disorder it is really important to seek professional help before it becomes entrenched and takes over your life.


Drugs and Drinking Problems in Students

Student life encourages a more 'relaxed' attitude but if not checked drink and drug problems can easily get out of hand.  

Party drugs may be more available but the effects are no less devastating on your studies and long-term mental health.

If you are concerned that your drinking or drug taking is getting out of hand and you find you are becoming reliant or experimenting with more drugs - it is important to seek help.


Student Stress

A certain level of stress is normal and can help you cope with situations.  However, stress can become overwhelming.  Some signs that stress are overtaking your life include:

  • irritability
  • sleep problems
  • palpatations
  • anxiety
  • depression

Professional mental health help for students

All of these problems can seriously impair your academic performance and can be very distressing for you.

If you feel you need professional help for yourself, a friend or a family member who is struggling with an emotional or mental health problem there is support out there for you.

At Clinical Partners we have a team of specialists who can help with a wide range of issues.

Emilie Head

Emilie Head Business Development and Content Editor BA(Hons), ACMA, MBACP

Emilie has three main roles at Clinical Partners – managing our NHS Partnerships, developing the services our Clinicians offer and writing and editing web content.

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