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A Student or Younger Adult

Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any stage of their life. Research suggests that up to 1 in 4 people will experience a problem with depression or anxiety at some point in their life.

Leaving home, going to university, getting your first job can be a really exciting time, but it can also be really stressful. Studying, the pressures of deadlines and exams, managing your money, and sorting out your accommodation for the first time, can all be a bit too much. As well as all of this, you are trying to meet new people and get to know them, whilst missing old friends and your family, who you cannot see or speak to as often.

Even if you are choosing to remain at home, negotiating relationships with parents as you become an adult can be challenging.

For some people the stress associated with these changes is short lived and soon passes. However for others it can be longer lasting and they may need some additional support to feel better.

It is important to recognise that experiencing these difficulties does not make someone ‘weak’ or ‘strange’ and that there is support available to help you overcome your difficulties and increase your quality of life.

The Steps to Wellbeing service can provide support, advice and treatment. Alternatively universities and colleges have access to their own in-house counselling service.

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