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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.
Lots of students seek help from friends and family. Indeed a recent study of LGBTQ+ students found that nearly all respondents sought help or advice from friends for emotional problems.
"I have bipolar disorder, and when I experience manic episodes it can be difficult for people to understand what I am experiencing. For me, it was very important to let my friends know how they expressed themselves, what it meant for me, and what they could do to support me day-to-day or in crisis."
Becoming a student involves many changes for friends and family. There are lots of things you can do to help manage these changes.
"From the second my parents found out about my illness, everything was about supporting me but also trying to get things back to normal for me, and never about holding me back. They gave me endless support."
"Understand that student life isn't a walk in the park for everyone and it isn't necessarily the 'time of your life'."
This information was published in September 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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