According to figures from the UK Government, in England, black people are least likely to be having treatment for mental or emotional problems compared to other ethnic groups (only 6.5% of the black general population were doing so at the time the data was published, compared to 14.5% of white British people).
Over the last few years, many changes have happened in the world and in our personal lives. Many people felt isolated, unsafe and abused during the COVID-19 pandemic and may still live with that trauma.
Deciding to seek counselling may seem overwhelming, especially if you do not know how to communicate your feelings. But that’s not the only way to find inner peace or understand yourself. Journaling and self-reflection can also get you there.
Here are a few questions that you can go through on your own or with a friend.
If you’d like to talk to someone about any concerns you have about your mental health, your university’s wellbeing service is a good starting point. You can use the search function on the Student Space website to find support available at your place of study.
At London South Bank University, for example, students can speak to Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisors, counsellors and multi-faith chaplains who will provide an empathetic space to discuss any difficulties.
This blog was written as part of the Office for Students' Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University. Check out the full range of wellbeing resources available on the Good Thinking website.