Although commencing a University degree can be an exciting time for some, it can also be a daunting prospect for others. In some cases students have to move away from home in order to attend their chosen course, which may require a period of adjustment. This can be a difficult transition, for a young person, as they get used to new-found independence and a new way of life.
University counsellors are there for students to discuss any problem they might have. Some of the most common issues include homesickness, exams worries, concerns about presentations/course work, relationship problems and loneliness. Counselling is usually on a short-term basis although further help may be recommended, depending on the seriousness of the issue.
The support of friends is often helpful to people experiencing difficult times although it is sometimes best advised to seek additional, professional support for more serious problems. Counsellors will not have any conflicts of interest and will be able to provide un-biased, clear advice. It is important to stress that counselling should not be viewed as a sign of weakness. In fact seeking out help and support for a problem requires strength and courage.
Find student counselling in your area
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
If you don't know the number of your student counselling service, it may be helpful to call the Samaritans to discuss your problem. Their lines are staffed by trained advisors who provide confidential support for any issue you might have.
Student counselling resources
Part of the BACP organisation, this student counselling resource provides information about the support available to all students of UK Universities. They have a database containing contact information for just about every University counselling service and offer advice about common problems experienced by students.