- Lifestyle & Sports
- 08 Oct 20
Tanis Smither with some mental health tips for students.
Remember: you are not alone.
Social distancing and the disorientating effects of living with the Coronavirus are affecting everyone’s mental health. Within the student community, howwever, there is a very strong sense that we’re all in this together. If you are experiencing difficulties, take the opportunity to talk to a friend. It is best to act quickly, rather than letting things build up.
Your friend might need support.
On the flip side, if you sense that a friend might be having a tough time, gently bring a conversation around to how he or she is feeling. Giving someone the opportunity to talk is an important first step. If you think it is serious, then be supportive – but recommend seeking help from people with experience and expertise.
On-campus counselling is an option.
If someone is experiencing difficulties, college counselling services should be able to assist. Most of these are free or greatly discounted. If you can’t find a free service, organisations like the Samaritans, Jigsaw and turn2me.org offer free counselling. The Union of Students website (usi.ie) has tips on staying healthy. Sites like belongto.org and travellercounselling.ie offer counselling and mental health tips for LGBTQ+ groups and the Traveller community.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek help quickly.
There is no need to feel self-conscious or fearful. Many thousands of people pick up the phone to the Samaritans or to Jigsaw every year. Above all, do not be afraid. Help is available.