Student Health

My Anxiety and Me

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

I can only speak from my own experience, but I didn't talk about it openly because I was worried about being judged. People always saw me as "strong", and I didn't want to suddenly become "weak". I didn't want people to walk on eggshells around me. I was worried people wouldn't understand how I could have been leading a dream life in Paris, while simultaneously feel like my world was falling apart.

Cambridge Doesn't Have a Reading Week: Here's Why I'm Taking One Anyway

Daisy Hughes | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

I'll be using my self-declared reading week to look after myself, to stave off the "Week Five Blues", and to do my work in a way that works for me. I'm going to use the time to reflect on how my essays have been going, to read new things to stretch myself that bit further and to read those books that I've been wanting to read for the last two years that aren't "directly relevant" to my course but from which I will doubtless learn a lot.

Living With Mild Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Conor Penn | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I can't remember a time in which I wasn't obsessed with my appearance. There is a harsh, vindictive little critic who sits on my shoulder and breathes his bile into my ear incessantly... He tells me I'm grossly overweight, unattractive, and undesirable. He turns my head towards every reflective surface and excoriates every lump, bump, crease and curve, imagined or otherwise... I no longer feel I have any concept of what I actually look like.

New Campaign Urges Students To Help Friends Suffering From Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Albertine Brandon | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A national campaign is urging students across the UK to support their friends who have mental health issues while at university. The campaign foll...

Yale Says Sorry For Threatening To Suspend Student For Being Too Skinny

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Yale University has admitted it "made a mistake" after accusing a student of having an eating disorder and warning if she didn't put on weight she'd b...

Lucy Sherriff

Pro-Anorexia Sites Selling Merchandise To Promote Eating Disorders | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK

Pro-anorexia sites are selling merchandise ranging from weave bracelets in order to "meet" other sufferers and appetite suppressants so users can "bec...

Obesity Linked To Poorer Grades For Girls

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Obese female students don't perform as well in school as those at who are a healthy weight, researchers from four universities have found. The stud...

Tips: How To Access Help For Depression At University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There's a lot of concern around the visibility of support for students suffering from depression while they're at university or college. Instead of...

600 Under-16s Take Up Smoking Every Day In The UK, Research Suggests

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Almost 600 under-16s take up smoking every single day in the UK, research suggests. In just one year there were 207,000 new child smokers, accordin...

Student Shamed Into Losing Half Her Body Weight After Getting Stuck In Lecture Seat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student was shamed into losing more than half her body weight after she became so fat she got jammed in a lecture seat on her first day of universit...

Suicide More Likely For Teens With Cancer, Study Finds

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Teenagers and young adults who are diagnosed with cancer are 60% more likely to commit or attempt suicide, a study has found. The risk was greatest...

Lucy Sherriff

'I Was Sent Away As My BMI Was Normal.. And Ended Up In Hospital' | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Services for vulnerable students suffering from eating disorders need to be "seriously improved", as young people are left waiting up to 12 months for...

Students With Eating Disorders Struggle To Get Help At University, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Many students with eating disorders have trouble getting treatment while at university, and are at risk of dropping out, a leading charity has warned....

LOOK: 'Comfort-Eating' Teen Crowned Young Slimmer Of The Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A comfort eating teenager who dropped five dress sizes before starting university has been crowned Slimming World Young Slimmer of the Year - and blam...

Student Gets Shot Of Alcohol After Throat 'Explodes' From Vodka

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student has vowed never to drink alcohol again after her throat "exploded" from drinking too many vodka shots, leaving her hospitalised for six days...

Students Not Warned They Sleep Next To 'Hidden Killer'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students are not being told they sleep in death traps as last year 17,000 slept in bedrooms which contained the "hidden killer" asbestos, it has been ...

Should Schoolchildren Be Taught CPR?

PA | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

All school children should be taught how to resuscitate someone in an emergency, a charity has said, after it emerged around 6,000 people could be sav...

Schools Failing Young People By Not Teaching About Skin Cancer And Sun Safety, Warns Charity

PA | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Schools are "failing young people" by not making sun safety a priority, a cancer charity said. The Teenage Cancer Trust made the comments after a p...

How Safe Is Your University?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

King's College London students have the highest risk of being victims of violent crime, burglary or robbery, while their Aberystwyth counterparts can ...

'University Life Contributed To My Depression'

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The pressure of university life contributes to the causes of depression, according to students, who say they felt isolated and intimated by cliques, w...

10 Myths About Mental Health Which Just. Aren't. True

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Coming to terms with having depression can be difficult for many people, particularly considering there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Auth...

Lucy Sherriff

Thousands More Students Seeking Help For Depression | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The number of students seeking help for depression has more than doubled at some of the country's top institutions, at a time when many universities a...

Give Students Mental Health Lessons, Urges Charity

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Pupils should be given lessons on mental health, it has been suggested, amid fresh concerns that many youngsters are affected by the issue. Campaig...

Should Students Be Drug Tested Before Exams?

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A leading scientist has warned students to expect drug tests prior to sitting exams, to curb the spiralling use of "smart drugs", but students have re...

Students Vaccinated After 'Serious' Measles Outbreak

PA | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary school children rolled up their sleeves on Friday to receive the MMR jab in one of the areas worst affected by the measles outbreak. Arou...