Our #BehindTheBooks campaign aims to help university students talk about their mental health, to realise when they’re struggling, to provide tips on ways to cope and to normalise the ups and downs of uni life. The campaign is co-produced with university students.
The week-long campaign kicks off on Monday 18 September in time for freshers' week and the start of a new university year.
This year's theme is "Getting through this together." It seeks to foster a sense of community and support among university students, emphasising that no one should feel alone in their mental health journey. The students who contributed to this year's campaign shed light on their personal experience of 'Getting through this together' to spread the message that you are not alone.
Getting through this together
Read stories and advice from university students on friendship and connection, and how to get through challenging times together.
Eloise's story: Helping friendships flourish as a university student
Shannon's story: The power of mentorship in feeling connected to university
Shannon began her university studies during the Covid pandemic. This had a large impact on her feeling connected to the university and her peers. In this piece Shannon writes about how creating a mentorship network helped her feel connected and empowered to others.
Morgan's story: My experience with shared housing and feelings of isolation at university
Morgan is a current university student who had a difficult time when living in shared university housing. Morgan’s talks about her experience to reassure you, you are not alone if you are going through similar struggles.
Sheneika's story: My experience as a commuting university student
Sheneika lived at home while she completed her degree. This came with difficulties when trying to be part of the wider university community. Here are her tips on how to cope as a commuting student.
Read stories and advice from students on connecting with your peers at university.
Top tips on building connections at university
Izzy, a student at London School of Economics, asked students for their top tips on building meaningful connections at university.
Izzy’s story: lack of representation at university
Izzy shares her experience of being a young, black woman at a predominantly white university, and how she went about finding a community where she had shared interests with others.
Holly’s story: drinking culture at university
Holly shares her experience of feeling uncomfortable with the drinking culture at university, and encourages others to consider how they want to spend time with others.
Watch the meaningful connections Q&A with student Debbie and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Ntale
Suicide awareness training for university students
Learn how to save a life with free, online suicide prevention training from the Zero suicide Alliance.
Free trauma-informed awareness training
Become certified as trauma-informed and learn how you can support your friends, family and community, with free training from Thrive LDN.