Expectations and Worries
It’s common to worry that you won’t make friends at college or university. However, it is important to remember that everybody will be in the same position as you. Take a look at The Student Room and Student Minds websites to find more support.
Perhaps you aren’t worried about missing home and you can’t wait to get started. Even so the likelihood is that someone you know or perhaps even yourself at some point may start to miss home. In those situations or for those who are feeling worried before making the move, know that moving away from home is a change that can be worrisome but one that affects everyone at some point in their life. Remember that technology can make the world of difference, as it’s easy to get in contact with the people you miss.
Looking after yourself
In the chaos and novelty of college and university life it’s easy to forget about looking after yourself, in terms of both your physical and mental health. As welcome events settle down and you find yourself with more time, you’ll have the opportunity to step back and organise your daily life.
Take a look at these resources for looking after your mental wellbeing from Student Minds.
The National Union of Students has lots of information on preparing for University, including the top 10 things to do before University.
• Arrange your accommodation
• Sort out your finances
• Decide what to take
• Organise a railcard
• Arrange a health check
• Get to know the area
• Register with a GP
• Learn to cook
• Spend time with family and friends
• Get involved in freshers’ week
Charlie Waller Guide for Starting University
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is one of the UK’s most respected mental health charities. They educate young people, and those with responsibility for them, about their mental health and wellbeing. Download their guide for students on starting university to prepare yourself for what can be a huge step in your life, to make sure you get the most out of it.
Disabled Students Allowance
Are you already receiving support or have a mental health diagnosis? If so, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSAs). If you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, including a mental health condition like anxiety or depression, then you may be eligible. The GOV.UK website has more information on DSAs.
Getting More Help
Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text.
The CRHT team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide specialist assessment for people aged 16+ who need urgent mental health care.Visit TEWV website
Getting Urgent Help
If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Search below for help or see the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.