The Mental Health Advisors
The Mental Health Advisors (MHAs) offer a range of interventions to students experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.
To access the MHAs, students need to be referred by College or University staff. The MHAs are unable to take self-referrals from students or their family and friends.
All phone calls for the MHAs need to go through reception on: 01223 332865
The MHA's Confidentiality Policy
At the first appointment, the MHA will ask for the student’s consent to share information on a ‘need to know’ basis with relevant staff involved in their welfare. If the student does not wish to give their consent, this is likely to limit the support that the MHA will be able to offer. In a situation where the student is considered to be at risk to themselves or to others, confidentiality may be extended without their consent.
Mental Health Assessment
If a student requires a mental health assessment, the MHAs will arrange to meet them either in College or at the Counselling Service. With the student’s permission, the MHA will discuss the outcome of the assessment with the referrer.
The MHAs can offer a quick response to students who are in crisis, and are usually able to arrange to see the student on the day of referral. Our MHAs have expertise in crisis intervention including suicide risk assessment. The MHAs will arrange to see the student as frequently as needed until the crisis has resolved.
Students can be offered ongoing MHA support with the frequency of appointments being tapered in accordance with the student’s changing circumstances. The MHAs work individually with students using a solution-focused approach to develop coping strategies and self-management.
Fitness to Study
When a College has significant concerns about a student’s health and/or safety, the MHAs can provide a mental health assessment to inform the College's decision of a student's fitness to study. When a student is returning to study after a period of intermission on mental health grounds, the MHAs can provide an assessment of the appropriate support required.
The Fitness to Return assessment will include an evaluation of whether the student has recovered sufficiently to manage the demands of the academic Term, taking into consideration the student’s previous difficulties and the College’s concerns about them.
Supporting evidence for the Applications Committee.
The MHAs can provide letters for the Applications Committee giving information on a student’s mental health and the impact this has on their studies.
Advice to College and University staff in relation to student mental health
University and College staff can contact the MHAs directly to discuss individual or general student mental health concerns. The MHAs can arrange to come to Colleges or University Departments to talk with staff about student mental health issues.