Student Minds is a UK-based mental health charity. Their website features a wealth of information for students and the university community about achieving and maintaining good mental health. Student Minds promote early intervention with preventative approaches so mental health problems do not escalate.
The charity claims that around 30% of students face some form of psychological distress while studying at university. Depression and anxiety are the most common, but students also suffer from eating disorders, self-harm, OCD and other diagnosed psychological illnesses.
Poor mental health can lead to decreased academic performance, failure and dropout. This has a knock-on effect if left unaddressed with ongoing mental health problems, low economic attainment and other negative implications. Therefore, it is crucial to reduce stigma and create an environment where students can find ways to manage and improve their mental health.
Student Minds is led by a team of professional advisers and encourages student involvement whether they are currently studying or recently graduated. The website contains news and information about national campaigns, past and present.
Among the many useful resources, Student Minds has produced a Transitions guide for university students containing information about mental health, sexual health, identity and relationships. Further topics featured are on the website are:
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
- Exam stress
- Managing finances
- Support through a family health crisis
Student Minds has also created two separate websites. One is an online resource for postgraduate research students. Most recently, they developed Student Space to provide resources and advice relating to coronavirus.
Advice for parents, friends or staff
Student Minds produced the guide, Look after your mate, with sections on how to talk to a friend suffering from poor mental health, what to do when things get tough, looking after your own wellbeing, understanding the various diagnoses and where to find further support.
Student Minds has a dedicated FAQ page providing information for parents, carers and guardians on how to support a young person at university.