Tomorrow (10th October), is World Mental Health Day. The global day is a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
And the focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is young people’s mental health. Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, are common and often start at a young age. In fact, 50% of mental health issues are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
For students suffering with a mental illness, it can have a negative impact on their performance at university or college and may also affect their interpersonal experiences, which in turn can lead to academic failure and drop out, job difficulties and negative social outcomes.
That’s why it’s important to recognise that our mental health is just as important as our physical health – and we all need to take care of it. Below are just a few small things you can do to look after yourself and help protect against stress.
If you are concerned about your own mental health and wellbeing, remember you are not alone. Whether it’s a friend, family member, lecturer, university or accommodation staff, support line or charity such as Student Minds, it’s important to speak to someone about how you are feeling.
To find out more about World Mental Health Day visit here.