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Despite some expected ups and downs, the vast majority of students will generally enjoy their time at university. However, there may be occasions when they struggle more than is expected and it is helpful for you to be alert to any signs that this might be the case. The Samaritans suggest that the following signs can indicate when someone is struggling to cope:

  • A persistent lack of energy or feelings of tiredness/fatigue
  • A generalised feeling of restlessness and agitatation
  • Feeling tearful
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things they usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

If you notice any of these signs, speak to your child about your concern and, if you think it appropriate, encourage them to access support. Visit our helpful contacts and resources page for links to resources and information.