Stu­dent fresh­ers told help avail­able

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

You n g p e o p l e f rom Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang ner­vous about start­ing univer­sity are be­ing told they do have some­one to talk to.

The Sa­mar­i­tans this week urged stu­dents strug­gling to cope to get in touch.

You can speak, in con­fi­dence, to a lis­ten­ing vol­un­teer by tele­phone, text or email, or by vis­it­ing a lo­cal branch.

Above all, Sa­mar­i­tans wants all Fresh­ers to know that they do not have to face their prob­lems alone.

Ni­cola Gee, ex-stu­dent and now Sa­mar­i­tans vol­un­teer, said: “I loved my course but I had with­drawn to­tally and com­pared my­self neg­a­tively to my peers who seemed to be hav­ing the time of their lives.”

James Jo­pling, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for Scot­land, said: “Univer­sity life is of­ten por­trayed as a wild, fun jour­ney of self- dis­cov­ery. Whilst that can be the case for some, the re­al­ity is that mov­ing away from home, mak­ing new friends, man­ag­ing a new work­load and fi­nan­cial pres­sures can be a strug­gle for many young peo­ple.”

Peo­ple can call Sa­mar­i­tans on: 08457 90 90 90 (calls will cost 2p per minute plus your tele­phone com­pany’s ac­cess charge), email jo@ sa­mar­i­, text 07725 90 90 90 or visit­mar­i­tans. org.

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