Self-care to support: how to look after your mental health at university
University life can feel overwhelming. But there is a lot of help out there to keep the pressure under control.
Luis Davies, a history student at Northumbria University, started university feeling positive about his experience. But after spending time alone during lockdown, he began to feel increasingly anxious. First he stopped going out, then his grades took a tumble.
Feeling lost, Luis went to the doctors, where he was prescribed sertraline, an antidepressant. Another doctor then recommended he try counselling. He had a vague memory Northumbria had sent an email about the university’s mental health support, so he searched his inbox, which led him to the wellbeing team.