Leaving home for the first time and going to university or college can be a very exciting time. Meeting new people and taking on a new level of study can also be challenging and most students will feel some pressure at times and have their ups and downs.

Many aspects of student life had to change in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. While some face-to-face teaching and student activities are now returning to campus you may still be feeling some uncertainty as universities and colleges adapt to hybrid learning. You may also be experiencing uncertainty as we move through the pandemic and as the world opens up again.

Whether you’re returning to your studies, or, you’re a new student transitioning from school and home life for the first time, it’s particularly important to take steps to look after your mental wellbeing during this academic year.

Learn more

Rethink, mental illness charity: Coping during Covid-19, a guide to students from students

Student Minds – the UK’s student mental health charity which offers information to support your mental health including resources to help your transition to university.

Student Space website has been set up, by Student Minds, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Students against depression – a website by students for students with lots of resources to help you cope with low moods and anxiety.

Feel better Leeds website has health tips and information for students in Leeds.

Standalone – information and advice for people who are estranged from their families, including resources for students who don’t have family support.

One Space is for people aged under 25 and looking for mental health support. The website can direct you straight to what you need. It’s provided by ShoutThe Mix, and Young Minds working in partnership to ensure a simple way for young people to find support for their mental health. The website has links to a text-based helpline (Shout), peer support forums, phone helpline and online or phone counselling (The Mix) and mental health information and self-help resources (Young Minds).