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Information about mental health and wellbeing
Commencing a course at university is an exciting and challenging experience for anyone. There are many things to consider and many unknown factors that could cause anxiety, such as: Am I doing the right course? Where will I live? Will I make friends? How will I manage my finances?
For students who have experienced mental health difficulties such anxieties can seem daunting. Coping with the rigours of university whilst dealing with the reality of living with mental health issues can be extra challenging. It is therefore important that before you choose a university and commence your studies you consider the support and structures that will be in place to ensure that your time at university is a positive experience.
To help you with this process, this leaflet attempts general answers to frequently asked questions. We would also encourage you to contact the university of your choice direct, and make further enquiries about services offered at that particular institution.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Most universities now have a mental health policy or guidelines, which are embedded in the processes of the university. These will have been designed to ensure that good support systems are in place for students with mental health problems.
Most universities will offer mental health awareness training to staff, and organise events and workshops, which promote positive mental well-being, raise awareness across the whole university and reduce stigma.
All universities have a duty of care to their students and must make reasonable adjustments for students with special needs.