One in four students suffer from mental health problems – according to a recent YouGov poll.
Anxiety and stress are the most common for students and can be the most obstructive to their day-to-day life.
However, Teesside University is doing its bit to help students overcome any problems.
In a fast paced modern society, especially university, it’s easy to lose yourself during the journey and issues to snowball out of control.
A large support system is on campus for anyone suffering any kind of issue from anxiety disorders, depression or stress.
Student Union Students Support (SUSS)is based on the first floor of the student centre building and is a good first point of call for help.
This service operates for anyone who needs a chat with someone about their concerns.
They work alongside the university to ensure they are addressing the support of students mentally as well as academically.
Most students who move to university unprepared can struggle for a variety of reasons.
These could include learning to live independently, budgeting and meeting new people.
The university ensure to run campaigns throughout the year to make sure students with mental health issues are aware of the support available.
As a result of these campaigns they hope students utilise the service provided as soon as they need too.
The ultimate aim of this support system provided is to ensure every student finishes their degree without their mental health taking over.
Teesside University do make sure there is an after care plan for anyone who seeks help and have regular follow ups.
SUSS can refer students to the right service they need specifically whether it be:
- Counselling services
- Staff Crisis teams
- Trained Mental Health Advisors
- Disability team
This is to make sure they are receiving the most beneficial support for themselves.
Student Support Advisor, John Pinkney, said: ” There has been an increase in need of support over the last few years.”
“The pressure of University, money, pressure from home and social media are usually a big factor.
“We get students aged from 18-50, it’s a well used service, high engagement and free.”
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