"My university experience has been wonderful. Some ups and downs like everyone else, but wonderful. I went to counselling as well, but it did not help as much as I wanted. After four or five sessions I was told that it was over. At my request of advice to see a specialist regularly, I was told that I could have made a request for more sessions with the university counselling in a few months. I never went back."
"I think the stress and the will to achieve my best puts things out of perspective. The priority is less on myself and more on my success and achievements."
"I tend to keep my feelings to myself, even from my best friends. I don’t think I need to express everything. If I know what’s wrong with me, I can resolve it by myself."
"My biggest struggle right now would be meeting expectations. I worked for three different companies before, and I am not even that old. "
“I had these depressive moods when I was a teenager. It was relationship related, studies related, it was future related, it was all together.
"The key for me is having a day off, free from any plans or obligations so that I’m able to check in with myself and see how I’m doing. If I have a busy week, I aim to check in with myself whilst using my 5 minute journaling app, during yoga or a dance class, I even type up on my laptop how I’m feeling at times when I find it hard to pinpoint where any anxiety or distress is stemming from. Doing this allows me to get all my thoughts out on paper, and reflect on my mental state."
"I used the university mental health services only in my final year - I attended four counselling sessions when I was struggling with trauma, anxiety and overthinking.
"I don’t think I have good mental health. I have mood swings. Sometimes I feel I am going through some sort of mental disorder, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Other times I feel that I am good and that I am doing good in this life. University has definitely made the mood swings worst. There is so much pressure on international students, especially if your family is not supporting you financially. I even discussed these things with my mum once, I told her I’d like to get help from a psychologist, and she said “no, this stuff is for mental people”.
"At first I struggled a lot being an overseas student, but once I started making friends and building a support system I loved it."
"Doing research definitely involves a lot of ups and downs, because sometimes things work and you’re quite happy, you get results for what you did. Other times, things don’t work for quite a long time and you get kind of depressed, but I like what I do, I like to learn new things, I am curious, and the thing I am researching is what I am interested in. I think there’s no bigger motivation than being interested in something."
"The university services have not been of great help since I never got a reply after months of self referral, but I can sympathise with the underfunding and pressure they face with the mental health crisis of today. Expressing myself into words for the self referral was not easy and made me feel vulnerable, but sending it alone off was a relief that lifted me up. I call on all to accept that this age is not the same as before, and these new generations are living through so much uncertainty that mental health is a societal issue that needs to be looked at with a new lens."
“Most of the reasons why the majority of people have issues disclosing is because of what the society finds as mental health.“
“University messed up my circadian rhythm, and has also contributed to an increased baldness! Despite all this, my study group, my friends, made this experience invaluable. We basically lived together for 5 years, we saw the best and the worst of each other. Happiness, sadness, anger. Once we even ran around the house with pots on our heads! We are a family, and it compensated for all the stress and anxiety that university may have caused. It was hard, it was intense, but I’d do it a hundred times over.”