Student life can be full of emotional challenges – leaving home for the first time or moving to a new city, meeting new people, coping with financial responsibilities, and not least the pressure of exams.
This can be a difficult time, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and because so many people struggle at some point during their studies most colleges and universities make various kinds of support available, like counselling, social groups, help with dyslexia or English as a second language.
Your student union would be a good place to learn more about what’s on offer, but you’ll find lots of support in your local community as well. You might find it helpful to visit your nearest community centre or library and see what kinds of groups and classes are being run nearby.
Most community services and activities are free, or charge a very nominal fee, and as well as local support services you might also find art and craft clubs, women’s groups, cookery classes, book binding, yoga, or even belly dancing. Leith Academy and Drummond Community High School both offer a range of activities at a fairly low cost.
For those who are experiencing intense emotional difficulties – whether you’re feeling unable to cope in your current circumstances, having trouble coming to terms with past experiences, or struggling with persistent problems – professional counselling can be a helpful tool in moving forward and breaking free from unwanted thoughts or behaviour patterns.
I offer a limited number of concessionary spaces for students and the initial consultation is free, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel that counselling might be helpful.