Relocation and medical support
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:
Many universities have their own GP practice on campus, generally open during term time with special arrangements outside of term.
Other universities link into community practices and are open all year round.
All students will be encouraged to register with the appropriate GP practice as soon as they arrive at the university, and arrange for access to local specialist mental health services, if appropriate.
When planning to go to university it is advisable to contact the mental health specialist or disabilities department to find out about the resources available and what arrangements have been made with any local organisations you might wish to use.