“I had these depressive moods when I was a teenager. It was relationship related, studies related, it was future related, it was all together.
"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 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 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. "
"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.”