Mental Health

Everyone can have a bad day, but that doesn’t always mean that it’s a mental health illness. 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health illness at some point in their life, and because of the stigma surrounding mental health, it can be difficult to talk about. It’s more important than ever for students to feel reassured that if this does happen, they can get the help and support they need to get through it and continue on with their time here at LJMU. 

Here at JMSU, we want all students to love student life at LJMU and to look after yourself.  We know that’s not always an easy thing to, and the stressful times can sometimes take their toll.  This page is just one of the ways JMSU can support students and their mental health whilst at university, alongside Student Advice and Wellbeing who offer bespoke services for students. 

What is mental health?

Everyone has mental health, be it good or bad.  Individuals deal with the stresses of everyday life in their own way, however some find it harder than others because they may have a long-term mental health illness.  A mental health illness is a condition that can impact on your everyday life, effecting the way you think, feel, behave and relate to others.  It can be a difficult illness to diagnose, as unlike a physical illness, it’s hidden.  It’s important to recognise that mental health is normal; everybody has mental health.  However, everyday life can be difficult when they suffer from a mental health illness. 

So what are the most common mental health illnesses that students suffer from?

Anxiety

Depression

Bipolar Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Eating Disorder

Schizophrenia

Psychosis

For more information about these mental illnesses, click here.

How can I maintain my mental health as a student?

There are many little ways that you can maintain a healthy mental state at university:

Exercise, which has been clinically proven to reduce stress levels and make you feel better, particularly if you are suffering from Depression. 

Talking to someone when you feel low, be it a close friend or family member. 

Get enough rest.

Don’t consume too much alcohol.

Live a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst at university, please see the other pages under the Your Health section on our website.  Also, keep an eye out for Mind Your Mate and Mind Your Head week across campus for tips and more information on mental health. As well as being a supporter of Time To Change,

Key symptoms to look out for

According to the NHS’s dedicated website for students and their mental health, some of the common symptoms to watch out for are listed below:

Withdrawal, whether through low attendance at class or from social activities

Weight loss/gain

Low mood

More agitated/anxious

This list is not exhaustive, and there are many symptoms that people can experience as a result of different mental health illnesses.  If you do notice these behaviours, either from yourself or from a friend then you should seek support, and the different ways you can do this are listed in the next section.

Where can I go for help and support?

When suffering from a mental health condition, it can be a confusing and frustrating time as you try to understand the illness, speak about it and find the support you need.  However, you’re not alone and there are loads of resources to offer you the help that you need to both understand the illness and get on the road to recovery.  Below is a list of some key support networks that you should speak to:

Someone you trust, which could be a close friend or family member

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Your GP

Your Personal Tutor.  You will have been assigned a Personal Tutor when you first started university, who you can go to for personal development and academic support

Online Resources, such as NHS Choices; Mind and Time To Change