Mental Health Guidance for University Students

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Moving to university is a huge step, and one you may have been planning for a long time. Whether you are going to the university you planned, or finding your way after clearing, there is much to think about.

It's a very exciting time and so that you get the best out of the experience over the next three or more years, it's vitally important to look after your physical and mental health. New experiences can be very tiring, and you may have many – new home, new town, new friends, new course. While they can be fun they can also be very draining, so it’s important to know how to look after your wellbeing and this includes your mental health.

Take a look at our range of guidance below. 

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Moving away from home for university

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Meeting new people 

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Finding your way around a new place

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Living independently

 

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Living with new people

 

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Starting a new course

 

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Joining clubs and societies

 

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Social life and friendships

 

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Relationships 

 

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Leaving your problems behind you

 

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Self-care: five ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing

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Being authentic, making mistakes and missing people 

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How and where to seek support 

 

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Asking for help 

 

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Wellbeing action plan

 

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Making the move to university: for care leavers

 

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Making the move to university: for international students 

 

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Making the move to university: for LGBTQ+ students

 

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Making the move to university: not fitting in

 

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Making the move to university: for students with adverse childhood experiences

 

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Making the move to university: for young carers 

 

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Resources

Starting University: Getting away from home

Moving away from home for university? 

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An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs - A guide for parents

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs - A guide for teachers

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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Asking for help (adult)

When it’s time to talk about your mental health.

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Asking for help (young person)

A simple guide for young people to help talk about their feelings.

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CREATE a university mental health strategy

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy for University

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Depression booklet

Featuring useful facts, figures and information, this booklet also contains sources of help and what not to say to people experiencing depression

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Life at university (A4 poster)

A4 poster with QR code for students to find information about life at university,

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Life at university (A6 postcard)

A6 postcard with QR code for students to find information about life at university,

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Looking after yourself during your GCSEs - A guide for pupils

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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Low mood poster

Poster created in partnership with Bank Workers Charity highlighting common causes of low mood, how to help yourself feel better and information on where to get more help.

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Making the move to university: care leavers

Read how to look after your mental health if you are starting university after being in care.

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Making the move to university: international students

Moving to university is especially tough for those who are coming from another country. Don't forget to make sure you prioritise your mental health, and read how to do so here.

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Making the move to university: LGBTQ+ students

Read our resource on how you can best take care of your mental health when making the transition to university if you are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Making the move to university: not fitting in

Read our guide on how to protect your wellbeing if you are starting university and feel like you may not fit in in any way.

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Making the move to university: students with adverse childhood experiences

Resource for those starting university who have had adverse childhood experiences such as trauma or abuse.

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Making the move to university: young carers

Read how to access support and prioritise your mental health while transitioning to university as a young carer.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety

A booklet giving tips on how students can look after their mental health during exams and assessments.

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Patent and trade mark professionals

Protecting your mental health and wellbeing: A guide for patent and trade mark professionals

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Perfectionism

Aiming high can sometimes come at a cost. This eight page guide looks at ‘unhealthy perfectionism’ – how to spot it and advice on how to develop effective interventions.

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POSTER Tips for managing stress

A4 poster giving six practical tips on how students can look after their mental health during exams and assessments.

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Students Against Depression posters

Posters to be displayed in Higher and Further Education areas

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Top Tips For Students

A booklet giving tips on how students can look after their mental health.

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Warning signs poster

A bold A3 poster showing the warning signs that tell you when someone may be depressed. This poster could save a life.

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Wellbeing Action Plan (child)

A simple, resource to help young people keep themselves well and get them through difficult times

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Wellbeing Action Plan (young person)

Our new Wellbeing Action Plan is for all young people attending sixth form or college.

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Wellbeing Journal

A simple, journal to help young people think about and write down the things which make them feel good.

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Work from home wellbeing action plan

This is a personalised, practical tool that we can all use whether or not we have a mental health issue. There are sections for you to complete, including a positive daily plan.

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