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Mental Health and Well-being

University life can be very demanding at times and adjusting to a new environment can be difficult for some. Stress factors such as moving away from home, academic demands and financial worries can all impact on students’ mental well-being.

Mental health can be described as your own personal sense of well-being. Similar to physical health, your sense of mental well-being can fluctuate and can be better at times than at others. However, despite it affecting everybody and being a normal part of life, people are often reluctant to talk about their mental health.

The University provides support for students who may be experiencing any form of mental health difficulty. The Mental Health and Well-being Adviser is based in Student Development and Well-being and is there to ensure that you are appropriately supported throughout your time here to make sure you get the most from your university experience.

It is estimated that around one in four people may experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year. For some, the difficulty will be relatively mild and pass in a short space of time, whilst for others it will be more severe and enduring.

While Counselling is focussed on providing a safe place for students to talk about their issues, the Mental Health & Well-being Adviser (a professionally qualified mental health practitioner) can offer more practical support to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s mental well-being. They can do this in a number of ways:

  • Confidential 1-to-1 advice, guidance and information about issues related to mental well-being and mental distress
  • Regular 1-to-1 support for any student experiencing mental distress or difficulties with their general mental well-being
  • Assessment of your needs with referral or sign-posting to appropriate support and services, both within and external to the University
  • At your request, liaison with university departments on your behalf. This might involve advising staff of any difficulties you are experiencing, how these might impact on your studies and negotiating appropriate and reasonable adjustments to enable you to remain engaged with your studies.

 

Confidentiality

The Mental Health and Well-being Service takes your privacy very seriously and all information is treated in confidence. This means that no details in relation to you, or your use of the service, will be disclosed without your consent.

The only exception to this would be where it is felt that you or others may be at serious risk, or where there is a legal obligation to disclose information (which is extremely rare). In such circumstances, we will always seek your consent to pass on our concerns before any information is shared.

Will my Mental Health & Well-being Adviser discuss my problems with my Personal Tutor?

No. We will only contact tutors where you request this. In such circumstances, we will agree with you what information will be shared.

Q: If I meet with the Mental Health & Well-being Adviser will this go on my record?

No. Our records do not become part of any other university or medical records and we do not release information to any other university student records system. If anyone contacts us to ask whether a particular student is seeing an Adviser, they will not be given this or any other information without the student’s prior consent.

Contact us

T: 0151 291 3427

E: sdw@hope.ac.uk