Mental health is a huge problem, but BU can help

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Every year on Mental Health Awareness Day, the whole world tries to show its support for better mental health and celebrate those who have won the fight against their personal “monsters”.

There is a sense of ongoing progress as we all try to share our stories to help each other, which makes you think that humanity is not lost forever yet and that there might still be a slight chance of a better world someday.

Young adults, students, in particular, are the ones who struggle the most.

According to a research conducted by Insight Network and Dig-In in 2017, the report stated that half of the 38,000 students across the UK who took part, had thoughts of self-harm along with the suffering of anxiety, loneliness and substance misuse. Up until now, anxiety seems to remain at the top of the list with almost nine in ten students struggling with it.

But what should be alarming is that more than three quarters concealed their symptoms from friends back then. Even if nowadays universities are trying their best to offer services that could help, students still feel scared to approach that “help”.

As a big supporter of Dorset Mind, Bournemouth University has a wide range of services. If you are outside campus, you can call the Samaritans for free anytime or the Big White Wall (BWW)-a mental health support service available for 24 hours. If on campus, you can choose from either talking to a wellbeing adviser or getting support from a counsellor through a block of six sessions.

Drew Miller Hyndman, a recent graduate from Bournemouth University, said: “They were really understanding, and the service was good.”

However, facing a rising number of individuals struggling with mental health, there is a demand for universities to try their best to improve ways of supporting them.

If you want to find out more on how to get further help, click here: https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/students/health-wellbeing/student-wellbeing