Campaign launched to raise awareness for student loneliness
- Northern Quota launches new #Hereforyou campaign, which looks to raise awareness around the issue of student loneliness.
- MMU student journalist, Alex Holliday, is leading the new campaign which calls for universities to do more to help students who may feel alone.
Today Northern Quota launched its #Hereforyou campaign. A campaign which looks to raise awareness for those students who are struggling to cope with loneliness at university and encourage all universities to do more to help students who may be feeling alone, settle in to their new home and feel a part of the community.
Every year thousands of young people move away from home to start their new lives at their chosen university. For many, this is the first time they have lived away from home, away from their friends and family who they have seen practically every day for as long as they can remember. It can be difficult for some students to adjust to life away from home, moving into student halls with people you have never met before, starting classes with all new faces.
Over the past 5 years, the number of university students seeking counselling has risen by 50%, with more and more students struggling to cope with the pressures that university life brings. While it is good to see so many more students speaking out about their mental health problems, there are still many who feel they have no one to talk to.
When it comes to the topic of loneliness, it can be difficult for those who feel alone to speak out about it. Which is why it is important to shed some light on this issue and let people know its ok to feel alone sometimes and there are people out there who you can talk to.
It is not always easy to make friends and sometimes even less easy to admit to feeling lonely. We believe more can be done by universities across the country to help students make friends and feel like more of a part of the community. Whether it be more social events and activities where students can meet others who might be struggling with making friends and meeting people or specialised counselling sessions. You can sign the petition here.
To anyone struggling out there, it is important for them to know that their universities are #Hereforyou.
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