Mental health can be described as your own personal sense of well-being. Similar to physical health, your sense of well-being can fluctuate and is some times better than at other times. However, despite it affecting everybody and being a normal part of life, people are frequently reluctant to talk about it. It is estimated that one in four people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year. For some the difficulty will be relatively mild and transient in nature, and for others it will be more severe and enduring. These difficulties can include anxiety and depression, phobias, eating disorders, self harm, psychosis and schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder - all of which have the potential to present challenges for any student.
Evidence suggests that people between the ages of 18 and 22 are at increased risk of developing mental health difficulties. Combined with the stress factors of university life, such as moving away from home, financial concerns and academic demands, students can be at further risk. Indeed, if you have experienced mental health difficulties in the past, you may find that the initial adjustment to student life can affect your usual coping strategies and that University Support Services can assist you with this transition.
If you feel concerned that you, a friend or one of your students may have more complex mental health needs then you can contact the Mental Health Advisory Service via email at firstname.lastname@example.org - Monday to Friday between the hours of either 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, or 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.
The Mental Health Advisory Service is based at:
Student Services Centre
150 Mount Pleasant
0151 794 2320.
Student Services provide a confidential service. You can find out more by downloading our Confidentiality Information leaflet.