Mental health problems are more common among students than the general population and the stresses of student life can trigger a range of mental health issues. In February 2014 the College and SU made our Time To Change pledge (see below) to help tackle the stigma attached to mental health and to provide the services needed by students.
Getting help for mental health
Don't keep your worries or feelings a secret, telling someone how you feel may bring a sense of relief to you immediately. Initially you might want to talk to a friend, a family member, your personal adviser, a member of the welfare & wellbeing teams within Student Advisory & Wellbeing, someone from the GP Surgery, or the Students' Union. They will be able to advise and support you as required
Mental Health Adviser
We also have a Mental Health Adviser, Lisa Bond, within Disability & Dyslexia Services who will be able to help you by co-ordinating the services and support you need if you have a diagnosed mental health condition. Your mental health condition may mean you can apply for reasonable adjustments such as extra time in exams and specialist mentoring. Talk to the Mental Health Adviser (Disability & Dyslexia Services) about this.
Lisa Bond Mental Health Adviser (01784 443416) - Founder's West, 1st floor
Counselling provides you with the opportunity to look at any underlying issues that might have led to unhappiness or worries within a safe environment and the student counsellor will help you develop ways of coping.
GP Surgery (NHS managed)
The GP Surgery has a full team of GP and Nurse Practitioners who have a lot of experience with students and mental health. In addition to their services we also have a number of visiting specialists including a Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Eating Disorders Nurse and Talking Therapies.
Talking Therapies (NHS service)
Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems and they are there to help adults aged 18+ from this area and have a team of advisers and therapists who can help you to overcome life's difficulties and problems and manage them better. Talking Therapies attend the NHS GP Surgery on campus each week during term time and by arrangement during the vacation period.
Hub of Hope
The online resource Hub of Hope quickly and easily identifies the mental health services in your area. You can enter the postcode of where you are and it will provide you a list of local facilities.