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The end of summer can mark the beginning of a new chapter for those starting University. This change can trigger a whole range of different emotions. While many new students may be excited and hold hopeful expectations for the year ahead, others may feel anxious and uncertain, even fearful, about the future. For some students these changes can feel overwhelming and can even lead to thoughts of suicide.
If you’re starting University, perhaps you are moving away from home for the first time to a new town or city. You may be taking on a variety of new responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning and managing your own money. This new found sense of freedom can be both exciting and concerning. ‘What if I don’t make any friends?’ ‘I don’t want to leave my friends and family’ ‘What if I don’t do well on my course?’ ‘I don’t want to move away from home’ ‘I won’t know anyone.’ These are common concerns and it’s completely okay to feel this way.
Opening up to others and sharing these thoughts and feelings can feel challenging. At PAPYRUS we want you to know that it’s okay to talk and there are things you can do to help make starting university more manageable.
Here are some ‘top tips’ for how to look after your well-being when starting university
Help, support and advice
Today, Universities are well prepared to support new (and returning) students, and have specialist staff and students who can give advice and support around different areas. If you’re unsure how to make contact with them, go on your University website and search for ‘Student Support’, ‘Student Union’, ‘Student Advice’ or ‘Student Welfare’.
The Student Room offer advice, support and information about going to university.
The National Union of Students is a large UK wide organisation that is run by and for students aged 16 upwards who are in post-high school education. They offer advice and information on a range of student issues.
You can also find more information and advice from Student Minds – the Student Mental Health Charity.