Freshers: What if you need counselling at university?
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Starting at university is a time of transition in a person’s life and can be an exciting and challenging time. Such an opportunity can pave the way for freedom, excitement, newfound independence from parents and guardians, the chance to meet new people from different backgrounds and a change in lifestyle. It’s a hopeful time that’s full of life-shaping new experiences which may take some adjusting to. For some students, getting used to being away from home can be an anxious time and for others the changes of life as a student can impact on their existing lives and relationships. While feelings of uncertainty can becommon for many students, the stigma around people speaking about their personal issues prevents some students from seeking support. In a survey conducted earlier this year, the National Union of Students (NUS) found that more than a quarter (26%) of students who say they experience mental health problems and difficulties do not seek support, with just one in 10 using counselling services. Given this, it’s no surprise that there has been a great emphasis on universities ensuring support for those in need of help is as visible as possible among the student community. As with any area of life, concerns and struggles can affect an individual’s emotional wellbeing and talking to a professional counsellor or just seeking some self-help guidance can be a lifeline. Commonly, we find that concerns among students are more likely to be related to personal issues and experiences than their academic studies. Of course, these difficulties may impact on academic study, but are often not the cause of the distress.
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