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LAST PUBLISHED 12 September 2022

How to stay mentally healthy at university

A toolkit for students giving tips and advice to help you to stay mentally healthy and make the most of your university experience.

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Students have faced many challenges over the last few years – online learning, social distancing, changes to assessments... With COVID-19 restrictions having been eased, things are getting back to normal and universities are offering more face-to-face teaching and social activities this year. But you might still have some concerns, whether you’re a fresher who has lost their confidence or a final year student who is worried about the job market. With the cost of living soaring, you might also be feeling stressed about your finances – indeed, research by the National Union of Students (NUS) in July 2022 showed that one in three students in the UK has less than £50 a month left in their pocket after paying rent and bills.

With the Office for Students acknowledging that many students did not receive enough mental health support during the pandemic, the team at London’s digital mental wellbeing service, Good Thinking, has updated this toolkit for students. Originally created to mark #WorldMentalHealthDay in 2020, it contains recommendations for free NHS-approved mental wellbeing apps, including Student Health App, Clear Fear and Combined Minds, as well as links to our self-assessment tool and expert advice. In 2021, we added some financial advice because money worries and mental health are often interlinked.

Our message for you is simple: It’s OK to not feel OK. You’ve lived through a global pandemic that has disrupted every part of your life and you're now facing a cost of living crisis. But you also have the right to feel better. We know from our conversations with young people and with student organisations that there is a lot of uncertainty and that you might need some extra support at this time.

We hope you find this toolkit useful and, don’t forget, you can contact your university’s wellbeing, welfare and finance services to discuss any particular concerns. You can also get in touch with Shout (text STUDENT to 85258) or Samaritans (call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org). If you need urgent help, you can find details of support organisations on Good Thinking’s Urgent Support page.

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