Thought Bubble“We all know that one friend who went to University for a term, dropped out and never came back… perhaps even you’re that person? Well, you’re not alone: despite the total number of dropouts falling, 27,000 students drop out after a year, which is the equivalent to 1 in 14 – now that sounds pretty high.”

“Majority of students experience mental health issues, says NUS survey.”

“Eight out of ten students (78%) say they experienced mental health issues in the last year, according to a survey by the NUS.”

We are all familiar with articles like the above. University is a goal for so many people who work exceptionally hard over a long period of time, some of whom become disillusioned or feel dislocated a short while after arriving. It is becoming apparent that being emotionally prepared is as important as being prepared academically.

“Universities can actually be a highly isolating environment, moving away from home and the securities of that environment means that students are often left without a safety blanket if we begin to struggle.”

“University was pitched to me as ‘the best years of your life’ and there is definitely an anxiety among young people to live up to that expectation. For those of us who struggle with mental illness at university, you can feel constant disappointment for not fitting the student stereotype.” 

“I think mental health issues are extremely common among students but it’s something not many people want to acknowledge or accept that they are suffering from.” 

My belief is that if these young people had a set of strong psychological foundations in place before they went to university or college, many anxiety related problems could be avoided or greatly reduced. The Thrive Training Programme teaches you how to build up and use a strong internal tool kit. Through self awareness and constructive thinking, the challenges we all face become more manageable, less daunting and less destructive. The programme helps you to gain perspective. Instead of being overwhelmed, you are prepared and ready to take on new challenges.

  • The Thrive Programme can be completed in 6-8 sessions.
  • You will learn how to develop your own emotional tool kit and be resilient to life changes.
  • You will put in place a coping strategy that you have programmed for yourself.
  • The course is delivered with the help of a manual and 1:1 sessions of 60-80 mins
  • The course is purposefully time specific to encourage independence NOT dependence on a therapist
  • The cost of the course is £800. (Please contact Bim to discuss spreading the cost of the Thrive programme.)

Please see below 3 comments from people who were at University recently:

“University, more than almost any other period in a young person’s life, is unexpectedly unpredictable. Through TV, film, and countless exaggerated, mis-told stories, young people arrive at university with very strong opinions about what the “Uni Experience” is supposed to be – whether it’s drinking, drugs, sex or friends, everyone knows it has to be the time of their life.

In reality, it’s a completely individual experience. Some people love it from day one and fit right in to a sports club or drinking society, others only develop their true friends a bit further down the line, and one or two never quite make it work for them. All however, go in unprepared, not academically, but mentally.

I, like a significant portion of my friendship circle (and I would argue even whole peer group), developed some kind of mental health problem during my second year. For me it was anxiety, undoubtedly brought on by a misunderstanding of what I was supposed to be doing with my final three years of education, but depression, anorexia, and less well defined cases of unwellness all stem from what I would consider a chronic lack of mental preparation.

It was only a year after finishing university that I discovered the Thrive programme and effectively “fixed” my problem. I wouldn’t say it was “easy” (nothing with mental health ever is), but it was certainly a relatively straightforward solution to what had felt like a unmanageable problem. More than anything else however, I felt that the programme could be used by so many more people before they faced the challenges I faced at university. Why were we going into such an important stage of development without any of these vital, yet relatively simple tools?

With this in mind, I urge anyone who is about to embark on the fantastic adventure that is university (or has a child about to) to make sure that you arrive not just with your A Levels up to scratch but also mentally prepared.” – Will 

“Discussions with friends about mental health started to take place increasingly frequently throughout my time at university. There was an undeniable trend – these years of studying, socialising, drinking, drug taking and self discovery were when most of my friends started to experience mental health conditions (be it anxiety, social anxiety, depression or OCD) for the first time. Perhaps it’s obvious that they should arise during this time. The rigid order and structure of school disappears and suddenly there are days of unstructured freedom, relatively little work and a huge pool of new people which can challenge even the strongest of identities. Knowledge of the basic principles of mental health would be invaluable before piling into this environment, and would help avoid weeks, months or even years of struggle.” – Sam

“I discovered Thrive in my third year, when I’d reached what I would call a crisis point of anxiety. It is well known that in this particular time of life 21 and 22 year old are expected to produce the best of their academic work over a short space of time. Balancing this expectation alongside the pressures during the all consuming experience of university, be they social, personal and academic is very daunting. Therefore having the basic tools at your disposal to balance yourself, being the human being you are, and the work expected of you are priceless. The single most useful thing I learned from the Thrive program is perspective. Using the theories provided in Thrive, which are very accessible to individuals at this age and at this time in their lives, helps you to regain control over the aspects of your life you feel most unease with. Therefore, if I were to have this knowledge prior to my going to university, the promise of what this balanced perspective could have brought to my time at university is quite apparent.” – Rosie