We all know how difficult student life can be, from trying to meet assignment deadlines to preparing for exams. The amount of stress we go through weekly is sometimes unbearable and frankly overwhelming as well. A lot of the times, all we could think of is counting the days until end of the week, when Thursdays come and maybe we can take a breather, take a sigh of relief for a few minutes before thoughts of all the assignment and work runs through our heads and the cycle begins all over again.
Now, have you ever thought how much this puts a toll on our mental health? Never mind, if you are already suffering from a mental health issue.
Stress is considered as a big factor that can lead to mental health problems. Many researches have proved that being a university student makes you more susceptible to mental health problems since you enter a more stressful life style in general. Feeling the pressure of making friends while staying focused on your studies or just the fact that being a University student means undergoing a big transformation since we would be entering our adult lives and together with that, responsibilities come. We want to be independent and we want to prove to our families and friends that we are capable of doing that sometimes unintentionally refusing their help and support.
The most common mental health problems that a student may be at risk of having or already has are depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
How to Get Help
If you suffer from any mental problem, it is very important to let a loved one be aware of it and there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking their support. You can take therapy and counseling sessions, there is no shame in seeking help and advice from a professional. There is no shame in wanting to get better. However, if you are too insecure to ask for someone’s help, there are many organization and online apps that can help you get better. You can download BetterHelp App for free and check out mind.org.uk for advice and read more about your problems.
How to Give Help
If you notice any of the symptoms of someone suffering from a mental health issue or you already know someone who is suffering, it’s just important that you search about it and get well-trained about it in order to provide the help that person needs. Here is a few things that you can do to show support as a friend or family:
Make sure that you stay in contact with them and spare time to be with them showing your presence, ask them how they are doing from time to time just to check up on them. However, keep in mind that they might not have the time due to having new commitments. . Remember that studying takes time and can be really exhausting so make sure that you understand.
You can offer them practical help such as doing a physical activity together, maybe taking a walk or riding a bicycle.
Listen to them with an open mind and an open heart. Not talking and just listening can be a lot more helpful than uttering phrases like “cheer up!”, “it’ll get better.” Instead, try saying “we will get through this together” and “I’m always here for you”.
Lastly, remember you also need to take care of your own mental health and make sure that you stay healthy since supporting someone can have an impact on you as well.
Taking care of your mental health should always come first, we tend to forget that in order to have a good future, studying hard and working hard are not the only things we should focus on, instead, our priorities should always be ourselves and our mental health. And in order to do that, understanding our mind’s needs is just as important as our body’s needs.
Saya Mohammed Omar