The second term is starting and the January blues are kicking in. It’s time for everyone to make students feel supported

What’s a first-year undergraduate student got to feel down about? They can drive, get credit cards and have signed up to three years of parties hosted by their new social circle. Life’s a picnic.

Look again. For Generation Z, every shameful thing they’ve ever said is on the internet. If they’re freshers, they’re cut off from their loved ones for the first time, and worried they’re not like the other students on their corridor. Others still are wrestling with mental health problems they’ve been dealing with for some time. Just look at the figures: an estimated 15,000 students disclosed a mental health problem last year.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".