There’s a lot to get sorted when you’re starting university. You’ve finessed your wardrobe. You’ve got to grips with basic nutrition (with a little help from the local takeaway). You’ve figured out how to operate the washing machine. But sorting your mental health? It’s not always so easy.
When the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) published a landmark review of UK students’ mental health in 2021, it highlighted the huge benefits that higher education can have on your wellbeing.1 However, it’s not an easy transition for everyone. Last year, a study of over 12,000 UK students found that 81% had been affected by mental health issues.2 The figure rose to 91% among LGBTQ+ students.
Luckily, there are lots of resources you can draw on to smooth this transition into the next stage of your life—including some brilliant tools you can use for guidance.