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  • Jan Mcdonald

The mental health of university students

Are you a university student struggling with your life? Are you feeling alone, and isolated, finding your time at university much more challenging than you ever expected?

Like many young people, it may have been your long-held dream to go to university, or you may feel you have to attend due to parental and societal expectations. Whatever the reason for attending university it can be all too frequent that students may suffer from mental health issues.

Some common reasons include the stress and pressure of academic demands, the transition to a new environment, social isolation, financial concerns, and the increased responsibility and independence that comes with being a university student. Other factors such as living away from home for the first time, feeling like an outsider, language barriers, lack of diversity, cultural differences, and pre-existing mental health conditions may exacerbate feeling unable to manage the demands of university life. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created a lot of worries, anxiety and isolation among students. The uncertainty of what the future holds, and the stress of adjusting to remote learning and social distancing measures may also contribute to mental health issues among university students. Additionally, some students may have difficulty balancing academic, personal, and social responsibilities which can contribute to feelings of isolation.

Seeking out professional guidance may help you in the following ways;

Counselling can provide a safe and confidential space for students to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This can help students to process and understand their emotions and make sense of what they're going through.

Counselling can also help students to develop coping strategies and self-care practices to manage stress, anxiety and depression. A counsellor can provide guidance and support in developing a plan to improve mental health and well-being.

Counselling can also help students to improve their communication and problem-solving skills which can be beneficial in managing interpersonal relationships and conflicts.

Additionally, counselling can help students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences, which can lead to personal growth and self-awareness.

Counselling can also help students to improve their self-esteem and self-worth and develop a more positive self-image.

I can provide online counselling and am extremely flexible in my working hours.

Rest assured you will be received warmly and non-judgmentally


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