It might not seem it right now - but it is perfectly normal to feel low, anxious or panicky sometimes - but it is important to know that you are not alone.
We all have a mental health, and we know that at least 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition in any given year. That may not make it any easier for you right now, but we want to let you know loads of students go through periods where they may struggle with their mental health. You don’t need to feel isolated and alone. There is a lot of support for you.
It can be really difficult to reach out for support, and many people worry about the stigma they might face and what other people will think.
So whilst everyone can feel sad or worried from time to time, if your feelings are becoming so strong that they’re affecting your life it’s important to seek help.
Where can I get help?
There is help both on and off campus, so it’s best to find what’s right for you.
It is also important to keep trying, sometimes people reach out for help and what they receive isn’t quite right, so they stop. But don’t give up, everyone is different so what works for one may not for another.
Places of support include:
- LUU Help and Support, we offer safe and confidential advice and we are completely independent from the university so you don’t have to worry about anyone else finding out if you don’t want them to
- The University has lots of options, including its Counselling Service, have a look here
- The University Counselling Service also runs a daily drop in at LUU Help and Support, to help students get seen by a mental health professional more quickly. These run Monday-Friday from 1pm-4pm in the Union building on the ground floor in the Student Advice office.
- Your GP, if you are not already signed up to a GP in Leeds, you can sign up to Leeds Student Medical Practice.
- Local and national support including Rethink, Mind and The Samaritans.
- There’s lots of student-led support available at the Union as well including:
- Leeds Nightline who offer support by instant messenger and email between 8pm and 2am each night including weekends and holidays.
- The Mind Matters Society also offer a support group during term time - find out more here.
- As a University of Leeds student you have free access to the Big White Wall, an online mental health and wellbeing service.
- There are some other services suggested by the University and you can find a full list here.
- Leeds Student Medical Practice also have some information about local organisations that can help, you can find this information here.
- The NHS also have some useful self-help leaflets, you can find these here.
If you are concerned about your wellbeing and want to come in and speak to someone LUU Advice is here for you. You can come into see us, ring us on 0113 3801 420 or email us, we are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.