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The University of Leicester has initiated a campaign to make students aware of mental health issues as part of Student Mental Health Awareness Week which runs until Friday,

Students at the University of Leicester have received information about some simple steps they can take which can help with wellbeing and contributes to the prevention of mental health difficulties.

Student Mental Health Awareness Week coincides with World Mental Health Day and takes a proactive approach to mental health.

Gill Miles, Student Healthy Living Manager, said: “Transition into higher education can present individuals with stressful issues at a time when they may already be experiencing the challenges of progressing from adolescence into adulthood.

“Mature students can also be faced with balancing a degree course with existing responsibilities of family and work. This transition can be associated with an increase in measures of emotional distress as described in the recent report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

“The numbers of students presenting with mental health problems has risen in recent years and reflects the growing rates of mental health problems among young people generally.”

Mental wellbeing can take many different forms but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well.

Ms Miles added: “Throughout the academic year the University of Leicester provides information and guidance for students in relation to health and wellbeing.  Information aims to assist students to choose a life style which can help them reach their full potential and can also be continued as they progress into work and employment.”

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