When we move to a new place, even if it is by our own choice, there are adjustments to be made. These adjustments are necessary, but may seem difficult at first.
We know that homesickness is not unusual. Tertiary education presents new ways of living your life. As you try to cope with new routines and a new environment you may experience homesickness. That is because the familiar and known have been displaced by the new. Homesickness is about adjusting to new relationships. Most of the known and comfortable relationships are back at home. In their new place there can be a struggle to become accepted.
It is important to be aware of homesickness as a normal process, which you may go through. It is a time of letting go and making new connections. You are not alone in this experience.
Remember, help is not far away: you don’t have to do it on your own.
You can make an appointment with a Mental Health Support clinician by calling 0800 479 821
Youthline 0800 376 633, FREE TXT 234
Suicide Crisis Line 0508 TAUTOKO, (0800 828 865)
Dunedin Hospital Tel 64 3 474 0999 and ask to speak to a nurse from Emergency Psychiatric Services if you are feeling unsafe