It's common for students to experience difficulties during their study journey but for some, studying can increase vulnerability to unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety and other mental health difficulties.
Whether you have a diagnosed mental health difficulty or not, taking care of your mental health is really important to help you study effectively. The Open University (OU) is committed to supporting you to achieve this.
The Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welfare pages on the StudentHome Help Centre provide more information about the help and support available to you as an OU student. Sources of help include:
Togetherall – an online mental health and wellbeing resource which offers a supportive community through moderated message boards, guided support courses and art therapy
Peer Support – The OU Students Association offers a confidential Peer Support service. Peer Supporters are trained OU students that provide a listening ear if you're struggling with your learning and can offer you study skills support.
The pages also contain links to a range of other useful resources for supporting mental health and wellbeing.