Mental Health affects us all. Mental health problems can range from the worries and anxieties we all experience as part of everyday life to other longer term problems that can begin to affect our daily functioning. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or feel unable to manage. These feelings often pass, but sometimes they are hard to cope with and you might feel you need extra support.
Whether it is called wellbeing, emotional health or mental health, it is an important part of living a fulfilling life.
Whilst at University positive mental health and wellbeing can help you:
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Our University is currently supporting a survey by the Equality Challenge Unit, which aims to assess the quality and accessibility of support available to students and staff experiencing mental health difficulties.
All information submitted to the survey will remain strictly confidential. The survey can be accessed here.
If you recognise you are having problems and want some support please talk to your personal tutor or a member of staff you are comfortable with and they can complete a referral.
The service works in a person-centred way and aims to be flexible in meeting your own specific needs. Students will be seen by appointment unless there is an immediate crisis due to a student's mental health.
Appointment times and locations will, as far as practically possible, be tailored to suit you. Where a student feels they need more contact this can be arranged.
Most contact will take place on our University Campus but there may be times where support can be provided at other locations.
Once you are referred by a member of staff a suitable time will be arranged for an appointment. A collaborative approach can then help identify practical and positive ways for you to manage the difficulties you are experiencing.
If you mental health is affecting your studies the Student Mental Health Co-ordinator can support you to contact staff within the University. This could include your course faculty, your personal tutor, or any other student services.
The Student Mental Health Co-ordinator can also offer advice about external services to our University that provide mental health support, and in consultation with you can make contact with the right services to get you the help you need.
If you feel unable to approach a member of staff within our University to discuss a referral you can email the Student Wellbeing Centre firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you to explore the support you need.
Disclosing a mental health difficulty may cause a great deal of anxiety in itself. Please be aware that the support offered to students will be delivered in a non-judgemental respectful manner. Personal information discussed in sessions will be treated as confidential. However, sharing certain information with other professionals or departments across our University may be helpful in providing the best possible support for you.
In exceptional circumstances, for example where there may be an immediate risk of harm, it may be necessary to pass on information to other professionals without your explicit consent. Confidentiality and information sharing will be discussed at your first appointment.
There are other sources of support for your mental health and wellbeing both on and off campus. Please follow the links below
Our Wellbeing website offers guidance and techniques for coping with different types of stress as well as other health issues. There are also links to other services to help you cope with stress.
Website http://www.mentalhealthleeds.info .
The NHS Direct website provides information about health services in your area as well as health advice, information and reassurance.If you become ill or are injured please make sure you get the best possible treatment in the right place
For urgent advice and treatment anytime, call 111.
Download the free Choose well app for iPhone and Androids for information about the nearest NHS service wherever you are in West Yorkshire and the Humber.
Check your symptoms on the NHS Direct Symptom Checker on the NHS website: http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
If mental health problems are affecting your ability to study, then the advice service can offer help with applying for mitigation.