Mental Health Awareness week: You are not alone

1 in 4 people in the UK experience a problem with their mental health at some point during their lifetime, so if you are struggling remember you are not alone. There are many people who understand what you are going through and there are lots of people around to support you.

Hear from our staff, students and alumni as they talk about their personal struggles and what has helped them in their battle with mental health.


Alice Okunowo

Growing up, Alice always found comfort in creative writing, particularly poetry. This became a true passion and focus for Alice because in 2008, Alice tragically lost her mother. Alice explains how writing has been extremely important for her in coping with her grief and battling with her mental health issues that she faced after her mother passed away. Alice wrote the book to promote awareness of mental health and make readers aware of the struggles and difficulties people experience.

Find out more about how writing helped Alice with her mental health and how she has been coping while studying from home.

Pete Thompson 

Throughout his life, Internal Communications Coordinator at the University, Pete Thompson, has always struggled with anxiety and having to adjust to the measures put in place due to Covid-19 has been extremely challenging for him. Click here to read about his experience of living with anxiety and how he has coped throughout the pandemic.

James Lindsay 

Previous Herts graduate, James Lindsay, talks about his struggles with mental health and speaks about how he has been coping during the coronavirus pandemic. Read his personal story to find out how he has been coping with daily life at the moment and what advice he gives to others who are struggling.

Shane Paizee

Hear from Mental Health Nursing Student, Shane Paizee about his experience of studying Mental Health Nursing at Herts and get his advice on how you can help those who are suffering with Mental Health here.

To hear from people across the country and find out how they have coped with mental illness, click here. Remember you are not alone.

If you are struggling with Mental Health, there is lots of support available to you. Just because we are not on campus, does not mean you need to suffer in silence. Click here for help and support or email


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