1 in 4 people in the UK are affected at some point in their life by mental illness. This can range from mild anxiety and low mood all the way to disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Increasingly, students are more at risk of being affected by mental health problems during their studies.
If we could give one piece of advice to anyone struggling or worried about their own mental health or the mental health of someone they know, then it would be to tell someone. A friend, a lecturer, an adviser, your doctor… talking about it is the starting point for accessing support and treatment if necessary.
There’s lots of different signs that you might be experiencing low mood or depression, including tiredness, anger, lack of concentration, sadness, and a lot more besides. The NHS website [link #13] is one of the best places to start with identifying symptoms, though, of course, you may experience all or just some of the ones they list. There are pages for disorders across the whole spectrum there as well.
The University offers person-centred counselling support to students through one-to-one sessions, workshops, and through self-help resources depending on what style of support helps you.
Counselling offers students that are struggling the time and space that they may need to focus and talk about things that are concerning them or that they are struggling with and helps them to find ways of improving their situation and lives.
If you’re not sure if counselling is right for you, then it might help to explore the webpage to see if it might be a good fit for you. You can also arrange an initial appointment to discuss with a counsellor and decide between you both whether counselling is the right option for you.
During term-time you can contact 0141 548 3510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Private counselling is available if you would prefer to see someone from outside the University. There are lots of different organisations and professionals who offer this, but there is usually a charge attached. This can vary from therapist to therapist, but is usually between £30 and £60 per session.
The Centre of Therapy and Counselling Studies offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at a suggested donation of £5 per session if you are on a low income to see a student counsellor.
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