Mental Health at University
In the same way that we all experience fluctuating physical health, any one of us can experience a mental health difficulty at any point in our lives. Research included in the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Mental Health of Students in Higher Education report, indicates that as many as 29% of students may experience mental health difficulties at some point during their studies. For some students, these difficulties may be short-lasting and resolve with lifestyle changes and support from friends and family.
Other students may be living with more enduring mental health difficulties which require additional support, including adjustments to study. Whatever your need, the Mental Health Team are eager to ensure that students with mental health difficulties receive advice, information and support as needed to facilitate academic work and participation in University life.
The Mental Health Team
The University's Mental Health Co-ordinators, Sarah Ashworth, Rebecca Deering and Jenny Legge, are based in University House and are available to meet with current and prospective students to:
- identify support needs and reasonable adjustments
- discuss strategies for managing student life
- provide short-term support
- provide information and, if needed, access to other services within the University and local mental health services
- liaise with academic and other departments on behalf of students, where agreed
- provide guidance on Disabled Students' Allowances application
- arrange access to mental health mentoring for students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances, where mentoring has been recommended
Referrals and Appointments
Please see the Appointment Information page regarding current approximate appointment wait time. Please note that we are not a crisis service. If you need urgent support, please see the Crisis Situations page for more information about support which is available to you.
To arrange an appointment with one of the Mental Health Team, please complete the online appointment request form.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing
You may be concerned about disclosing a mental health difficulty and worry this may be seen negatively or that they may be labelled in an unhelpful way. However, the Mental Health Team are professionals who work to support students in a non-judgemental manner. Personal information discussed in sessions is confidential; however, sharing certain information with other professionals or departments may be helpful in providing the best possible support for a student.
In such a situation, what is communicated and to whom will be agreed with you beforehand. In exceptional circumstances, for example where there may be an immediate risk of harm, it may be necessary to pass on information to other professionals, on a need to know basis, without your explicit consent. Confidentiality and information sharing will be discussed and agreed with each student when they meet the Mental Health Co-ordinator.
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