Everyone’s health is different, whether this be physical or mental. Just like your physical health may be good or poor, you can be mentally healthy or mentally unhealthy. We know that 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives, and for students that can be higher. Whether it is stress during exam times, depression, eating disorders or schizophrenia you should always talk to someone about it.
Unfortunately, some students experience bullying whilst at University. It’s not something to be embarrassed about and it is important to get help and support from others if you feel that you are being bullied.
In some cultures it is traditional to arrange marriages, which should involve the consent of the couple. A marriage is forced when one or both parties are married against their will. If you feel forced into marriage, there is support to help you make the right decision for you. For advice you can call 0800 027 1234 or visit http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/
If you are feeling suicidal the best thing to do is talk about it, talking is the first step in getting help. If you are worried that someone is suicidal then ask them, it could help save their life.
Who can I talk to?
Everybody feels down from time to time but if you are feeling especially sensitive, or have been feeling down for more than a couple of weeks, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to somebody about it.
There are lots of people that you could talk to about your mental health including friends, family and partners. If you’d prefer, you can talk to services at AUSA or the University, including AUSA Student Advice Centre, Aberdeen Students Nightline, Student Advice and Support Office, Counselling or the Chaplaincy – all have open doors and are there to help you. You can also call Breathing Space, a confidential helpline on 0800 83 85 87, open 24 hours weekends, 6pm-6am Fri-Mon and 6pm-2am Mon-Thurs. Alternatively you can call Samaritans, open 24 hours a day on 116 123
5 top tips for positive mental health
There’s a number of ways you can help to improve your mental health:
- Health Body, Healthy Mind – looking after your physical health can help improve your mental health, eating healthy, watching what you drink and exercising can make you feel happier.
- Get some sleep - you should aim for about 8 hours every night! A lack of sleep not only causes tiredness but has been associated with mental health problems.
- Remember the good – try to get into the habit of ending your day on a positive, spend some time laughing.
- Take some ‘me’ time - being a student does mean revision, coursework and exams, but try to take regular breaks. Take a walk to the beach, bake a cake, spend some time laughing with friends or watching your favourite film.
- Talk about it – it’s important to know where you can go for help, make sure you know who to talk to if you need to.