Mental health issues can affect anyone at different points in life, and it’s not something to be embarrassed about. Moving to university is hard and for many students who are already struggling with mental health, coping with the stress and pressure can be overwhelming.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of mental health issues, whether feelings of distress, isolation, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or other problems, don’t be reluctant to seek for help.
There are services in the university to support you. You can speak to your GP or student union who would be able to point you in the direction of of relevant medical professionals.
On top of that, here’s a roundup of some of the best mental health resources (the first two) and apps that can help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Six free resources and apps for mental health and wellbeing
1. Student minds
Student minds is a national charity that helps students to talk about mental health and seek support for themselves or others. You can find a range of free resources and support here.
Nightline is a confidential and anonymous student listening service which is open at night and run by students for students. Trained student volunteers answer calls, emails, instant messages, texts and talk in person to their fellow university students about anything that’s troubling them. If you need to talk to someone, you can use their helpline.
3. Mind Shift
Mind Shift is a mental health app designed to help teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety and how to cope with challenging situations
Happiness is a skill that can be strengthened. Happify gives you access to effective science-based tools, games and programs to take control of your emotional wellbeing in a fun and interactive way.
MoodTools contains research-supported tools (videos and cognitive behavioural therapy principles) to help you combat depression and cope with negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.
Named as 2017 iPhone App of the Year, Calm gives you free access to guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music. This app is for everyone, whether you’ve never done meditation before or regularly practice it.