Mental health: how to ask for help at university
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It is important that you talk to your lecturers about any concerns that you have about your mental health. Find a tutor that you feel comfortable with and be open and honest. Ensure they understand the situation and how your work might be affected, and remember to ask for help, including weekly meetings or extensions if needed. This can be difficult, especially at the beginning when you do not know them very well, but it is essential that you do so as soon as possible. Lecturers are usually well informed on such matters and can give you advice on where to access help within the university. Alongside improving your mental health, this can allow you to have access to additional time for assignments and exams.
If you are concerned about your mental health visit your doctor. They can help you with the medical side of things, including medications, directing you to the appropriate treatment and successfully diagnosing you. This can be hard to do, so if you have someone with whom you are comfortable, consider taking them along with you.
You either love it or hate it, but if your doctor suggests that you give it a try - then do. The first session is an assessment, ensuring that you are in the right place. If the person that assesses you believes that you would benefit from therapy they will match you with a therapist that specialises in your concerns, ensuring you get the best treatment possible.
Healing starts with yourself. If you are not ready to heal then it will not happen. This can be the most challenging aspect, and will most likely be one of the hardest things you ever do. You are essentially fighting yourself, yet accepting yourself is undoubtedly key. There is no one answer, as everyone is different, thus how you choose to do this is up to you.
On reflection, there is a massive misconception about going to university and it fixing all of your problems, as for many it does not.
As such we ask that when you are ready, seek help from a professional - someone that could point you in the right direction. This could be for anything! There are doctors, therapists, family or friends. Additonally, universities have great systems in place to help you. So why not use them?