Our Student Wellbeing Service has a dedicated Mental Health Advisor that works with students who have a possible or actual mental health diagnosis, and/or may experience emotional or psychological distress or personal difficulties during their time at university.
The Mental Health Advisor can work as a point of contact for students for the duration of their studies as part of a larger support network. This service can provide mental health support for students, including practical advice to support their mental health or any crises they are involved with at that time.
In addition, our Mental Health Advisor can signpost or refer students to relevant networks within the university and also to therapeutic and medical services in their local area.
The Mental Health Advice Service can work collaboratively with students to encourage them to consider their rights, and help them think about any other additional resources which may be available.
The Mental Health Advisor will:
- Assess a student’s mental health and support them to create a plan to help address any needs.
- Possibly support students throughout their time at St Mary’s, if mental health concerns warrant this approach.
- Review if a student’s needs could be met by other areas of the Student Wellbeing Service (Counselling or Disability and Dyslexia).
- Work with colleagues in the University to promote the wellbeing of students and to support the completion of their degree.
- Support the connection of students with primary and secondary services, including GPs, Mental Health professionals and Eating Disorder Specialists - either within the student's home town or with the Community Teams who operate within the University vicinity.
Making an appointment
To refer yourself to the Mental Health Advice Service, please fill out a Wellbeing Referral Form – this can be done by visiting Student Services or by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mental Health Advice Service is open throughout the year, except during the Christmas holiday closure, bank holidays and weekends.
If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, please access support detailed in our Coping with a mental health crisis leaflet or view the wellbeing self-care checklist.