Student Mental Health Intervention Officers
What do we do?
We know that university can be a high-pressured environment and that you may be struggling to cope with all of the demands on you. This may sometimes result in feeling stressed, anxious, or experiencing low mood or other mental health difficulties. Here at Imperial, we want to make sure you are supported not only academically but also with your mental health and wellbeing.
The Student Mental Health Intervention Officers can provide support and guidance on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing services both internally and externally.
Please get in touch with us by completing our online form if:
- You are experiencing mental health difficulties or
- You are concerned about a friend or another student at Imperial who is struggling
Please note that all our support is open to students at all levels.
What can we support you with?
If you are concerned about yourself or another student and you’re not quite sure where to go, the Mental Health Intervention Officers are here to help support and signpost you to the appropriate services.
This is usually offered through a triage appointment rather than regular ongoing appointments thus is different from the other parts of our Service, like Counselling or Mental Health Advice, however the Intervention Officers can refer you on to one of these other services if appropriate.
Please contact us if you are experiencing any of the below and finding them unmanageable:
- Severe emotional distress
- Anxiety or stress
- Mental health difficulties
- Erratic or disruptive behaviour
- Reduced engagement with studies due to mental health distress
- Suicidal thinking or intent to act on suicidal thoughts
- Thoughts about wanting to harm yourself or someone else
How to make a referral
To make a referral, please complete the online form. Just select the Concerned About a Student Form. You can use the form to contact us for yourself or someone you are worried about. We maintain anonymity throughout this process and would not inform the student of who referred them. This allows us to provide mental health support to students in need who may be struggling to reach out for support.
When we hear from you, the Student Mental Health Interventions Officers will make contact to arrange a conversation which will allow us to provide the most suitable support.
Following our meeting, we will consider:
- Signposting you to an external mental health service
- Refering you to our Mental Health Advisers or Counsellors
- Linking you in with internal student support services around the college
Please note that our services are only accessible to students currently residing within the UK.
If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health whilst outside of the UK, please consider referring to the below for support:
CALM Zone is a UK based Mental Health Charity, which has created a list of Mental Health Charities in different countries, who may be able to provide help and support for students outside the UK.
Who We Are
Hello there, my name is Temi Olayinka and I am of British-Nigerian heritage. I previously worked as an Education Mental Health Practitioner at the NHS, delivering low-intensity CBT and Parenting Programs for children and teenagers, between the ages of 5-25 years old, experiencing anxiety, low mood and challenging behaviour. I enjoy exploring restaurants around London, museums and going to live music shows.
Hi! My name is Mireille Saleh, and I am originally from Lebanon. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I then moved to the UK in 2019 to pursue my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health. I began my professional career as a Senior Mental Health Recovery Coordinator before starting my career as a Mental Health Intervention Officer here at Imperial. I enjoy playing tennis, travelling, and music.
Hello all, I am of British-Bajan heritage. I have previous experience in both the private and public sector, specialising in trauma, addictions, and young people’s mental health. Most recently, I worked as a Practitioner within the Single Point of Access NHS service focusing on supporting and de-escalating mental health crises. I value the importance of liaising with different colleagues and services to ensure a continuity of care and look forward to working with you all. I enjoy exercising and socialising with friends.
Who should I contact?
If you are unsure of whether you might want to contact our service, the three categories below may help you in making your decision
Contact content blocks
- Risk to self or others
- Erratic or disruptive behaviour
- Significant changes in behaviour
- Suicidal ideation
- Emotional distress
- Reduced engagement with studies/isolation
- Stress and Anxiety
- Mental Health
- Imminent danger
- Suicidal intention
- Possession of a weapon
- Threats of violence or harm
- Serious physical injury
DIAL: 999 for Emergency Services and inform College Security on 020 7589 1000 (from an external phone)
58900 from a college phone
4444 for emergency security