Today is World Mental Health Day, a day observed internationally every 10th October with the aim of ‘raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health’ (WHO).
This year’s theme is young people’s mental health, which feels appropriate given the sharp rise in mental health conditions among young people. Over a quarter of students now experience an episode of poor mental health while at university. It can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn if you’re struggling but there is support available on campus should you need it.
City has its own Student Counselling Centre, located on the first floor of the University building, next to Student Services. Here you can receive individual counselling and CBT sessions as well as group therapy and workshops. Sessions are facilitated by a trained counsellor, who can assist you with a diverse range of issues.
In addition to the Student Counselling Centre, students can access more long-term emotional and practical support from the Mental Health Team. This support is available to students with a diagnosed mental health condition, care leavers, and individuals who have been referred by the Student Counselling Centre. Ask your counsellor if you feel you would benefit from this, and they can let you know if you are a suitable candidate.
You can also receive advice and pastoral care from the Chaplaincy, which is located next to the Students Union in the Tait building.
How can I help myself?
Sometimes it may take a little time to receive support, but there are plenty of things you can do to take care of yourself while you wait.
As students at City, you have access to 10 Minute Mind, a free mindfulness exercise that can help you feel more present and less anxious. Click here to download it now.
Make sure you are eating well, drinking enough water, and sleeping at night, and remember to take any medication you’ve been prescribed! Talk to a friend or family member and ask them to distract you with a fun activity or outing. These things are obviously important for everyone, but are especially essential when you’re not feeling your best.
And if you don’t need this advice right now, reach out to your friends and ask how they’re doing. It’s not always obvious when people are struggling and your support might be greatly appreciated.
IMPORTANT: If you find yourself in crisis or are having thoughts of harming yourself, please don’t wait to get support. Call 111, or 999 in an emergency, and speak to a medical professional ASAP.
Samaritans also have 24 hour helpline you can call free on 116 123.