We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Just because you’ve not got any official diagnosis or disorders, it’s still important to look after yourself, just like it’s important to eat your vitamins even if you’re not ill. Although one of the most life changing wonderful experiences for so many, I think you’d be shocked to find anyone whose mental health hasn’t taken a little dip for parts of university. It’s completely normal- the university experience is a massive change all at once, from living independently, real financial responsibility, navigating new found friendships, not to mention the stress of the actual degree work without anyone really holding your hand through it.
By Katie Baker – 3rd Year English at The University of Exeter