Studying and mental health complaints

As a student, you enter a stage of life in which you go through many changes. This is accompanied by challenges, questions, and expectations, both from yourself and from your surroundings. Every change requires some degree of adaptation and can, depending on the impact, be confronting and throw you off balance. Often, students find their own way and adapt to the new situation easily. But sometimes the transition to the new situation can cause mental problems such as anxiety and tension, doubts or feelings of insecurity, worrying, depression or apathy. This can greatly hinder your daily life, as well as your studies.

This guidepost provides information on tools that you can use to make your studies go as smoothly as possible and where to find support if you find yourself unable to cope.

  • What can you do yourself

    Mental health complaints can be experienced in various ways. By investing in your own health, many of your complaints can be reduced.

    • Consult the online Student Well-being Platform - an internal UT information site on CANVAS, with videos on topics related to studying and maintaining your mental health. With advice, practical tips, useful links and exercises. The platform offers various modules on mental health. In addition to information, you will find useful self-help tools on how to deal with the situation you are in.
    • On the Study Skills webpage, you will find practical tips on how to stay focused while studying.
    • Check which courses and trainings are offered that can support you in maintaining your mental health. Make an appointment with the student psychologist for an exploratory conversation in which an assessment will be made of your complaints and what help you need.

    • Consult the well-being website 'Are you okay'.
    • Information for Higher Education for students with a support need: Check the website
  • What support is available at the UT

    If you are studying with personal circumstances that may affect your studies, you can turn to the various UT counsellors and advisers for information and advice on study guidance and facilities that are necessary. They will think along with you and can help you to remove any obstacles as much as possible and prevent or limit study delays caused by your circumstances.

    • Talk to the study adviser of your programme if feelings of anxiety and concern are affecting your study performance. The study adviser advises on course selection, setting up a customized study schedule if the personal circumstances have caused study delays or to make room for therapeutic treatment. The study adviser provides support in organizing necessary adjustments within your programme.
    • The student psychologist provides support for mental health issues. During an exploratory conversation, the student psychologist advises what appropriate follow-up is if you are studying with mental health issues. Make an appointment with your GP or the student psychologist if you feel the need to talk about what is keeping you from focusing on your studies.
    • The student counsellor provides advice and support for (financial) arrangements if you are experiencing study delay due to your mental health issues.
      Consult the student counsellor for advice and practical support if you experience difficulties in the study environment due to your personal circumstances.
    • Make use of the Autism consultation hour for additional support and advice. Also available for telephone consultation.
    • Make use of the ADHD consultation hour for additional support and advice.
    • Consult the step-by-step plan if you need facilities and arrangements. Documentary evidence of your personal circumstances is needed to be able to use facilities and arrangements.
    • Contact Career Services for questions about study choice and the job market. Career Services helps you with contacting external organizations that provide support in finding a suitable job if there is a work disability.
  • External support

    For more intense guidance, the student psychologist can help you find an appropriate referral. To use the external guidance offered by Mental Health Care (GGZ), you need a referral from your general practitioner (GP). The general practice treats mild psychological complaints itself, possibly in collaboration with a Practice Assistant General Practitioner (POH-GGZ). If a POH-GGZ helps, the general practitioner remains responsible for the treatment.

    The general practitioner can refer for help with psychological problems to a care provider within the basic-Mental Health Care (BGGZ) or to the specialized Mental Health Care (SGGZ), depending on the degree of problems. Payment for psychological help is included in the basic package of the health insurer. However, this only applies to students who have a Dutch healthcare insurance. If you do not have a Dutch healthcare insurance, please check the Health Care website and AON+ insurance terms
    When referring to external psychological help, you must take into account waiting times.

    • On campus
    • Off campus
      • General Practitioners in the Twente region

        Registering with a general practitioner: consult the list of GP practices in the Twente regionexternal link to see which practices you can visit.

      • Mental Healthcare insitutions

        If necessary, consult your GP or student psychologist for a referral to an external specialist mental health institution in the region.

      • Anonymous professional aid
        • Alles oké supportlijnexternal linkfor young people aged 18 to 24.
        • Korrelatie external link- National organisation, offers anonymous professional, psychological and psychosocial help. By phone and online.
        • Sensoor external link- Anonymous available 24/7 for people who need a confidential conversation.
        • 113external llink - Suicide prevention platform. Assistance and information via internet and telephone. Available 24/7, 0800-0113.
  • Additional information

Invisible differences

Diversity is always there, but not always visible. Sometimes, a slightly different way of thinking, processing information or behavior can lead to misunderstandings. When diversity within a group is high, it requires effort from everyone to understand each other and listen to each other without prejudice. The video "the invisibles and their diversity" provides a clear explanation from an experiential expert perspective.

Mental health complaints