One in four people will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. Students suffer the same types of problems as the rest of the population, although research suggests they are more prone to anxiety and depression than similar age groups in the general population.
Anxiety and depression can develop as a result of difficult life events. Depression is the most common mental health issue that people experience. If you are concerned about yourself or a friend who you think may have depression, Students Against Depression may be a helpful resource.
Treatments include counselling, medication, self-help and alternative forms of therapy.
Wellbeing is the name given to good general mental health. There are many positive steps you can take to wellbeing. Healthy eating and exercise go a long way. Creativity, learning a new skill and helping others are all good steps to take. You must accept "it is as it is" rather than fighting distressing thoughts. Don't compare how you feel on the inside to how others appear on the outside.
If you are feeling like you are struggling to cope with problems or if you feel down for longer than you expect then make an appointment with a professional.
Doctors and other health professionals may ‘prescribe’ self-help books that may help with a range of commonly experienced problems, including depression, anxiety and stress, as part of the 'Books on Prescription in York' scheme.
Healthwatch York has launched a Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in York, which provides information and advice to help people:
- Know where to start and how to find help quickly
- Look after their mental wellbeing
- Find organisations that can provide advice, help, support and social activities