A topic not spoken about much, mental health is something absolutely essential for complete well being. It is an aspect of health that never can be ignored because it affects almost everything you do. Different people have different experiences in life which affects them in different ways. The greatest of athletes in the world are taking time off from their sport as they have mental health issues to solve. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy but finding a solution to a problem is.
Joining university can be quite an overwhelming experience. Coming to place where you know nobody, away from home, maybe even in a foreign country is something which scares many people. There is always a fear of not being alone yet being lonely. However, the University does care immensely about its students. We have mainly two facilities to help counter these problems.
The center for Well being is a university run mental health center on campus. You can bring with you any mental health issues and trained professionals will listen to you and help you solve your problems. They help you with all your problems and ensure that you are back to being happy as usual within no time.
Another facility available is Nightline which is run by members of the Student Union. It is a listening service for students, run by trained student volunteers. They ensure confidentiality and anonymity. They will talk to you whatever the reason may be, even if you just want to have a chat with somebody. The Nightline service is open Monday to Friday from 7pm to 7am.
Another facility available to the first year students are the Student Life Mentors. These mentors are essentially senior students who help first year students blend in with their flatmates and adjust easily to their accomodation.
The university cares a lot about mental health and always ensures that none of its students feels lonely or left out. Another reason I would say why the University of Surrey is such a great place!