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Student mental health: coping at university during coronavirus

Over the past 12 months life as we know it has changed. And at a time when the number of people in the UK experiencing mental health problems was already an increasingly worrying matter, the impact of the pandemic has seen that number increase.

The pandemic will have affected us all in different ways. Lots of us will have faced many challenges and worries throughout the course of the pandemic. From health worries and the effects of losing a loved one, to the feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Many of us have, and still are struggling with how it’s affecting ourselves and our loved ones. But how has the pandemic affected student mental health?


What coronavirus has meant for students

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Being a student and going to university can be an emotional whirlwind at the best of times. In addition to the health worries of the virus and coping with the lockdowns and restrictions, students may also be experiencing the below:

  • Struggling with a lack of face-to-face teaching and social interaction.
  • Feeling overwhelmed with new working environments, teaching methods and routines.
  • Worries and uncertainties about completing assignments, dissertations and exams.
  • Uncertainties about their future job prospects.
  • Frustrations at not being able to meet people and make new friends.
  • Loneliness, especially if they don’t know anyone and/or are living on their own.
  • Worrying about family and friends back home.

Support for students at university

mental health and wellbeing support for students during coronavirus

If you’re a student at university struggling during the pandemic, there is lots of support available. If you do have concerns, it’s important to speak with someone and talk to them about how you’re feeling. Family and friends are the first port of call for many, but if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your feelings with them, other services and support are available.

Your university will have a dedicated Welfare department you can contact for further support, advice and information regarding your wellbeing.

In addition, there are many charities and organisations who provide useful information, offer advice and have many resources available to make getting the support you need easier.

For some top tips on looking after your mental health and wellbeing, download our 50 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health poster below:

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For more information on looking after your wellbeing and support available from Host, visit our Wellbeing page.

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