Struggling mentally as a student

University can bring many struggles to individuals that they have never faced before. With leaving home and family for the first time, different work load compared to school and meeting new people, many students can become overwhelmed
with this new experience.

A report by Randstad asked over 1800 students about their well-being. This investigated students' mental health in 2020 and found over a quarter of UK students (37%) are experiencing their state of mental wellbeing changing for the worse since starting higher education.

With the right support throughout university, it can ensure students don’t feel alone and can steadily progress through their course.

So, what can make a student struggle? Here are some ways that can cause students to struggle during their studies:


Feeling that they have no time to prioritise their mental health


With the increase of coursework and exams, this already causes stress and anxiety to ensure deadlines are met and work produced is to the best of their ability. Most students will be able to relate to this struggle, but if you are someone that already has diagnosed mental health conditions, this itself can make it even more challenging to get through assigned work. Your mental health and well-being always come first, as without a clear and calm mind; this may make completing work more difficult.


Lack of motivation and reduced interest to complete work

It can be very hard to get work done when you don’t have any motivation or interest to get started on the work. People with depression sadly struggle with these problems. According to medical news today “a persistent lack of motivation is a characteristic of symptom of depression”. Many people may associate these as laziness and not making the effort to get the work done, but it isn’t easy for people going through depression and other mental health conditions when your brain is causing you not to lack certain emotions.


Struggling being away from home and adapting to living independently

For those who move away from home to attend university, can understand the big step it is from seeing your family a lot less and dealing with new responsibilities of living independently. It can be scary and take a while to adjust to. It can be
more of a challenge for others and many may even experience homesickness for a while.


Long waiting list for mental health support

Especially at university counselling services, they usually have a long waiting list, which can mean you can be waiting a while until you can get sessions to support you during your studies. Due to the high number of students who attend
university and the high demand for counselling services, this can delay students from receiving ongoing support they need. Many students may feel that they aren’t cared about or that they are purposely having to wait a while until counselling, which is most defiantly not the case.

Meeting new people

This doesn’t apply to everyone, but for many people, meeting new people, including your classmates and other people at university, can be hard and frighting. Some people can become shy or anxious when engaging with new people and
some may even avoid attempting to engage with others. If you are coming to a new place altogether for university, you may feel like the pink elephant in the room and feel like you mightn’t fit in. But don’t worry, a lot of other people most likely could be feeling the same as well.

Regardless of many struggles students may face during their studies, there are plenty of support for people who need it, so you don’t need to feel like you are on your own. Reaching and opening up to people can be beneficial for yourself and
also allows people, like professionals how they can assist and help you. Don’t feel like you have to deal with your problems alone or get on with your studies regardless of struggling. With the right support tools and help can make your
experience at university easier and more enjoyable.

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