Rahul's story - recognising the need to get help

I first started to notice things weren't going well at the beginning of my second year so my school put me on leave of absence.

My attendance slipped, my grades started to plummet, and they recognized it was an issue in me because I had no idea what was going on. I had never spoken about mental health before. I never really thought about mental health as something that could affect me.

I hid it, I didn't want to talk about it, I thought it was a weakness. My family didn't talk about it at all– there just wasn't that awareness that there is today.

My school were excellent all the way through my academic journey. They signposted me to all the correct people to go and talk to the mental health. The support team here at the University, the counseling and disability service and the Medical Centre really helped me get better and I am so grateful for their support.

My Bipolar Disorder has had a heavy impact on my studies and I have only recently managed to take back control of my education, to get the best I can from my degree.

My aim as President was to make it easier for students to access help and gain peace of mind. Loughborough University prides itself on being the Best Student Experience so I wanted us to show the world that we can allow students to take control of their interaction with their degrees and personal development.

The services available are already invaluable for a student in need, and we’ve taken huge steps with the aim of mitigating the effects of personal circumstance and Mental health wellbeing, with the introduction of Wellbeing advisers in departments and schools.