Mental Health Mentoring
What is a Specialist Mental Health Mentor?
Specialist Mentors are non-medical helpers who help students in higher education with a diagnosed mental illness achieve their full potential. They empower students to mitigate the impact their mental health condition might have on their ability to fully engage with university life.
Specialist Mental Health Mentors can work with students with a range of mental health difficulties and can help them to improve their self-management competences as well as coming to terms with their diagnosis.
Specialist Mentors also provide support with timetabling, goal-setting, and managing expectations about appropriate levels of study. They will work with the student on creating more appropriate study patterns, providing them with the tools and the mindset to achieve personal academic goals.
The Specialist Mentor role is normally funded by Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) and there is no direct cost to the student to access the mentoring. You can find out if you are eligible and learn more about DSAs on the Government's website.
Who can access Mental Health Mentoring?
If you have medical evidence of a diagnosed mental illness such as anxiety disorder, clinical depression, bi-polar etc. then you may be eligible for Disabled Student Allowance. We recommend contacting your student support service to discuss with them if you are eligible and how you make an application.
What help is available?
Help with motivation
Mental health self help and self management skills
Advice and support with learning strategies
Support with study skills
Time management and planning
Stress management support
Dealing with panic attacks
Dealing with phobias.