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‘I’m a law trainee who works to assist psychological health charities’

Name: Lewis Alexander BaxterAge: 21Income: £3,000 plus student loan of £4,500 a yearOccupation: Full-time law student, part-time tutor and organisation founder I’ve just started my second year at Durham University, where I’m studying law. I’m not your typical student: I probably only go out once a week or, more accurately, once every two weeks. I’m…

Compassion for the Joker: The Movie’s Missteps with Mental Health Representation

The newest cinematic retelling with the most iconic supervillain of all time has arrived. This time, Joker puts the titular character in a more realistic setting over the typical comic book film structure. Instead of high-stakes action and stunts, the film follows Arthur Fleck and his struggle to connect with the world around him, which…

10 Indications You’re Currently Experiencing Stress Out

As college students these days, we’re bombarded with pressure to do any and everything to set us ahead of the pack. College life used to resemble a balanced triangle divided into academics, extracurriculars, and socializing. Now, it’s morphed into more of a geometric blob with the additions of internships, online networking, Greek life, resume building,…

Psychologically ill trainees run the risk of scholastic charges for missing...

Students missing classes because of mental health problems risk being penalised with academic sanctions at some leading British universities, while others have no standardised policies in place to help students showing signs of distress, the Guardian has found. Of the 21 leading universities that responded to a freedom of information request, only one in four…

How I Handled Sorrow While Studying Abroad

Photo courtesy of Selena PontonStudying abroad—from Instagram’s point of view—seems like the ideal experience. Living in a different country, soaking in the sun and culture, traveling to different countries and cities with your best friends and wearing your summer clothes all year ‘round sounds like a dream. For many people, it is. But for me,…

Mental Health: When it’s Okay to Not be Okay

My freshman year of college was like everyone else’s, full of excitement, hope and a goal of gaining my independence. The first eight weeks at Southeast Missouri State University were spent on a high. The large dose of freedom was amazing, and I finally understood why people loved college. What I didn’t understand was the…

Ending up being Pals With My Stress And Anxiety

Remember the nights before the first day of school when your excitement—or nerves—wouldn’t let you sleep. You checked and re-checked the contents in your backpack to make sure you assembled everything you needed: Planner, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, pens, highlighters. I always made sure I was physically ready, but I remained mentally unprepared. My emotions…

Educate us the way to take care of our psychological well...

Students want universities to teach them how to look after their mental health and wellbeing as anxiety and stress levels surge on UK campuses, according to a survey. Ninety-six per cent of the 1,500 students polled by emotional fitness app Fika think universities should offer “emotional education” on the curriculum to improve their resilience against…

I returned to uni for freshers’ week 20 years after leaving....

In the autumn of 1997, I was a fresher at the University of Glasgow. Months after the Labour landslide, weeks after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, I was an 18-year-old British-Indian made up of equal parts teenage kicks, terror and Topshop – and on my way to Scotland for the first time, to…

‘The way in which universities are run is making us unwell’:...

When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an…

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