University is a landmark occasion for many young people. It is a time to live their own lives, meet new people, learn skills and, above all, have fun. In contrast, as many as 1 in 4 students will experience a mental health issue in some form. What is troubling is that many students are worried about coming forward and asking for help.
I should know; I have been there. And to an extent, I still am. During my time at Coventry University, I suffered from depression and anxiety. Coping with the pressures of essay deadlines is hard enough but add those into the equation and university became a great deal tougher.
I was at Coventry University for three years, studying journalism and media. I was recently asked if I had enjoyed my time overall, and I would say yes, but late Year 1 going into Year 2 was an especially tough period. That was when I really started to struggle.