Mental health difficulties
We all have mental health and like physical health, our mental health can fluctuate over time. We are all affected by our mental health, whether an event has triggered short term difficulties, or we are managing a longer term condition.
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If you are experiencing new mental health symptoms, such as low mood or panic attacks, you may find some of these self-help resources helpful.
If you feel that you cannot manage your difficulties using self-help resources such as these or that you need you can no longer manage your difficulties alone, the Wellbeing Advisers can help by:
- Initially listening carefully to you about what is causing your difficulties and any impact these are having upon your studies or university life generally
- Working with you to put a plan together, which may involve signposting and referrals to appropriate support. This may include a referral to one of our Mental Health Advisers or Counsellors or support external to the College.
- Supporting you with liaising your academic department when personal difficulties are affecting your studies
If you are managing a longer-term mental health condition, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia, you may also be entitled to support from the Disability Service.
Wellbeing Advisers are specialist practitioners who offer mental health advice and support to students with personal, emotional or mental health issues. Request support from a Wellbeing Adviser here.
Similarly, we have two Mental Health Advisers who offer students with emerging or existing mental health problems a supportive space to explore their difficulties and to help develop any plans that might be needed to support them during their time at university.
This can involve signposting and linking in with the relevant health and community services.
Please note, that neither Wellbeing nor Mental Health Advisers substitute relevant NHS services, which you should contact separately if required.
How the Disability Service can help
The Disability Service can arrange for you to speak to an advisor to discuss adjustments and the creation of a RASA.