Kalie Burton, Lifestyle Editor.
World Mental Health Day took place on the 10th of October this year and many people took a moment to publicly share their feelings and thoughts to taking further steps towards removing the stigma surrounding the conversation around mental health. In university especially, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are prevalent, with studies showing that an alarming 1 in 4 students seek help, and an even higher percentage are suffering in silence. Sadly, many students do not feel comfortable opening up to friends and family in how they are struggling, let alone seeking help professionally. If you find yourself among those struggling with mental health, there are a few things you can do to start on the path to recovery. However, above all, remember that you are not alone and no matter how low you may feel there are always steps you can take and people who want to help you.
Queen’s offers several services for students suffering from mental health, one of those being their Student Wellbeing Service, which encompasses everything from counselling to self-help resources and a 24-hour telephone support. Counselling is one of the best first steps towards stronger mental health, and the counselling service Queen’s offers is free and confidential for students and aims to work towards resolving problems in a positive way through providing a space to clarify your issues, explore options, develop strategies for coping and increase your self-awareness. Counselling is for everyone no matter how severe your issue may be, if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, or even settling into student life or family/relationship issues, counselling is extremely beneficial. Mental health always validates a visit to a counsellor or your GP, they will not take you less seriously because your symptoms fall more to the psychological over the physical. There is absolutely no shame about seeking help!(http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wellbeing/TheCounsellingService/) (https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/students/)