You Are Not Alone, Finding the right support when you need it
Low moods and stress can be an ordinary part of life, but when it starts to affect your everyday life then it’s time to start thinking about getting help. Two common mental health problems are depression and anxiety with symptoms including (but not limited to): feeling low, feeling more anxious or agitated, loss of interest in activities and general life and loss of motivation. If your feeling like this then here are some of your options for support.
Your family should be there for you unconditionally and if you feel comfortable talking to them about issues you may be having then do it. It doesn’t have to be immediate family, it can be a cousin or anyone that you feel comfortable with. Sometimes you’re not sure how your family are going to react to your mental health issues, they might surprise you and be really supportive but if you’re not comfortable then there are other options.
Your friends should be supportive, listen to your rants and help you with your problems. This includes your mental health. Yes, it can feel like your being a burden but if they’re real friends then they won’t mind, they’ll want to help you. It can be hard making good friends in such a good time at university and it can be lonely even if you do have friends here.
If you’re struggling and decide it might be time for some professional advice then speak to your GP. They can refer you to specific mental health services that can help.
Student counselling on campus
The people that work in the on campus mental health counselling service offer a range of services and have links with local NHS Services. It can be useful if you aren’t sure where to start because they are able to assess the current situation and decide how to help.
Care leavers, estranged students, mature students, student parents, student carers, local and commuter students and students with a disability or learning difficulty are all offered a transition mentor. However, if you don’t fit into these categories you can still apply to have a mentor. Mentors are students that have completed at least one year of study at Keele and can share tips and advice with you.
A&E in a crisis
A mental health emergency should be treated the same as a medical emergency. For example, this is when you’re at risk of taking your own life or seriously hurting yourself.
Samaritans is a 24hr free service that you can call on 116 123. If you’re not comfortable speaking to someone you can write them an email or a letter. Samaritans also has branches that you can go into to speak to someone in a quiet and private space.
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This is free 24/7 support ran by volunteers and online making it easy to access.
Keele Mental Health on Campus Support – https://www.keele.ac.uk/students/counsellingmh/
Keele Mentors – https://www.keele.ac.uk/keelementors/
Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
Nearest Samaritans Branch – 15 Chapel Lane, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST6 2AB
7 Cups of tea – https://www.7cups.com/