Explains how you can look after your mental health as a student, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.
Being around so many other students creates a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. If you are finding it hard to meet new people, remember many other students will feel the same way. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
Meeting new people can seem more of a challenge if you feel less like those around you.
"I make plans to see classmates or friends during study breaks to ensure I don't become isolated or lonely. I also make plans each day to leave the house and get outside. Going for a walk is a useful way of relaxing and clearing my head."
If you have moved away from home, it is likely that at some point you will have to organise your own housing. You may not always feel you have a lot of choice, especially during the first year when university halls are the main option for most students, but you could think about if you want to live:
Renting a house or flat for the first time is a big deal, but there is plenty of advice and support out there. Check with your place of study if they provide advice about accommodation, managing landlords and signing contracts. You can also contact Citizens Advice, about student housing.
Lots of students feel lonely. Social media can give the impression that all of your friends are hanging out together and having the best time, all the time. This comparison can make you feel more lonely, and loneliness can have a big impact on your mental health.
This information was published in September 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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