Hamnen is a project run by students in collaboration with Uppsala Union of Engineering and Science Students. We work to give you, as a student, better knowledge of how you are affected by stress, the risks that exist and what help and support you can get if you are affected.
The project is led by Ylva Bellander, Johanna Olofsdotter Lundblad, Louise Andersson, Elin Olby, Linnea Lisper och Selma Edenståhl.
According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress are more common in students compared to professionals in the same age group. A significant increase in women and men reporting impaired mental well-being is seen in the age group 16-29 years (source).
This means you're not alone. Problems in this area are far more common than one might think and there are certainly many in your surroundings who are experiencing similar things to you, albeit in their own way. The above investigation is a few years old, but there is no reason to believe that it is not as relevant today.
Many students become aware of this problem during the first really difficult period of the program, the first time they fail an exam or when trying to balance their studies with other time-consuming interests. You are not alone, it is difficult for everyone. In these situations, it is extra important to be aware of the risks of stress and to remember that your value is separate from your performance. There is a lot of help to receive.
This text is based on mental illness linked to your studies, but there is a lot of information that is useful in other situations as well. If you relate, we recommend that you go ahead and seek professional help.* Below you will find information on how important it is to take one's mental state seriously, what help is available, and how to go about getting it.
* The texts below are compiled on the basis of experience and aim to give an initial orientation on the things that may be good to know when mental illness starts to affect your study situation.