Mental health at university
Mental health at university is a strange one. So many talk about mental health (on a surface level, no one goes deep into it) but you don’t really expect it to effect you. But there is a high chance it will effect you at some point - and that is okay, it is normal. Regardless of the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, if you are effected, it is normal. Try not to be too scared, try and find support because dealing with these issues by yourself can make things worse.
Mental health issues come in various forms.
One way people are effected by mental health issues is through insomnia. It is so dangerous for a persons wellbeing but I feel like this generation just brushes it off or sees it as something cool to not sleep. ‘Sleep is for the weak’; ‘the grind never stops’. Lol. You need sleep to be able to function and for your sanity. Continuous lack of sleep can cause mental breakdowns, they are not fun.
Anxiety is another form how your mental health can be effected. It can start off being very low-key but then become a thing that impacts your every day life. Explaining anxiety is hard for me, I don’t really know how to express it but luckily enough there are many verified and validated websites that can offer you knowledge on this topic.
Addiction is something else that can happen. In university a lot of people go out of nights out and drink so so heavily. Some people may be doing it for fun or because it’s just England’s culture for drinking, however some people are doing it to forget about the other mental health issues they face. Addiction in this form is not great. It’s not great for your physical body or your sanity. Alcoholism is not the only addiction I’ve come across in university, people try to forget about their other issues by hissing drugs and sex as a way to forget. They end up becoming addicted to these things, it’s not great.
The last one I will talk about is depression. Depression can effect every person differently so don’t allow one person’s definition of depression invalidate how you feel. Having depression can seem like the worst time of your life, but you’re not alone. University is tough. No one fully prepared you for what you was going to encounter and you are going to react to things in different ways. I feel like a lot of people end up battling with depression and don’t like to admit it because of the stigma surrounded by this issue, but we need to get this topic into casual conversation in order for people to seek the help you need.
I will say that getting support for any of these issues (or any that I haven’t mentioned such as eating disorders, loneliness, paranoia, OCD, bipolar disorder, etc, etc) is the best way forward. It is more than likely that your university has a student support service. Here you will be able to find the best support for you, whether that be the gp, a wellbeing service, counselling or any other support systems.
Don’t feel like you have to do what is being suggested to you. Do what you feel is best. The issues people face with mental health are normal but they are damaging, help is needed and people are there to help you. No step you take is too small or too big, they are all significant to your journey.