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11 haunting illustrations of what it’s like to experience a mental illness

Originally published on The Guardian’s student blog a series of 11 haunting but beautiful sketches from university student and illustrator Ella Barron seeks to shine a light on what some are calling the ‘university mental health crisis’. 

Recently universities have seen a significant increase in students experiencing mental illness.  Almost 1 in 4 people will have some experience of mental illness in their life. But mental illness is treatable and there are lots of ways to get help.

See our factsheet on the first steps to get help for more information on support services.

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Feeling anxious right now?

Learn how to control anxiety whenever you experience it. As medical experts in anxiety disorders the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists recommends this breathing exercise to help alleviate your anxiety.

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The COVID-19 self-care checklist

As many of us navigate new ways of working, living and playing during the COVID-19 pandemic looking after yourself, or self-care, is vital. Checking off this self-care list will help you manage any anxiety or worry you may feel.

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