Welcome to the Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service
Our Service Intention
The Student Counselling & Mental Health Advice Service aims to enable students to enhance their psychological health and wellbeing, thus empowering them to optimise both their academic accomplishments and their personal development.
Our highly experienced team of counsellors, mental health advisers, mental health study mentors and mental health intervention officers are dedicated to providing a safe and compassionate space to explore any emotional or mental health difficulties you may be experiencing and support you in thinking about what might be most helpful to you during this difficult time.
We recognise that that our students form a diverse community, with a range of lived experiences, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identities. With this in mind, we are committed to providing care that is rooted in cultural humility, creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all students to feel heard. Our aim is to work collaboratively with you to help you to gain insight into your problems and support you in making choices and changes that feel right for you.
Find out more about the different types of support we offer below.
The Counselling Service offers both individual and group counselling in the form of talking therapy to help students explore and address a specific emotional difficulty or concern. For individual counselling, we offer up to 5 sessions of brief, focused counselling usually occurring weekly. Our therapeutic groups are run termly, meeting once a week for 6 weeks with the same group of students each week.
Mental Health Advice
For students experiencing moderate to severe or enduring mental health difficulties, the Mental Health Advice Team offer support on an ongoing or intermittent basis during your studies to help you manage the impact of your mental health difficulties and to liaise with your academics and medical professionals as needed.
Mental Health Intervention Officers
If you have concerns about your own wellbeing or the wellbeing of another another student and want advice on where to get support, this team is here to help assess your needs and signpost you to the appropriate services. This is usually a one-off appointment rather than ongoing emotional support.
Parts of the Service
Mental Health Study Mentors
Study mentoring is a form of specialist support for students with mental health and neurodevelopmental difficulties. It is designed to support students keep on track with their academic work by helping students to identify the impact of their condition upon their learning and to develop effective study strategies.
Psychoeducational Workshops, Courses and Webinars
Our Service offers a variety of one-off psychoeducational workshops and webinars on topics such as mindfulness, sleep, procrastination and exam stress throughout the year. We also offer a 4-week course based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for those struggling with low mood as well as a 4-week mindfulness-based course for stress reduction.
Often a good place to start, we’ve put together some self-directed support full of useful information and strategies to help you find ways of coping with your difficulties and improving your wellbeing. This includes our Kind Mind video series, symptom-specific self-help leaflets, Silver Cloud - our online CBT modules - as well as a list of useful external and crisis resources.