Mental Health Support Team
The Mental Health Support Team is here to support students experiencing mental health difficulties, provide advice and information on mental health issues, and advise staff about appropriate practical or pastoral support.
If you are a student of the University who is facing barriers that affect your ability to study - due to emotional burden or mental health difficulties - then we may be able to help. If you are a member of staff or colleague supporting a student experiencing mental health difficulties, we are also here to offer you advice.
Mental health and well-being is concerned with how we think, feel and act and is integral to our overall health. Approximately 1 in 4 people will consult their GP about a mental health-related difficulty every year.
The emphasis of the support we provide is on working with students experiencing mental health difficulties to develop practical support and strategies to enable them to deal with the obstacles encountered to their academic progression. Find out more about our work using the tabs below. Members of the Team are active participants in the University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) which aims to share good practice and influence developments across the sector. Students and staff may find further information on the UMHAN website of interest.
The Team work in partnership with mental health provision within Leicestershire. Details of some of these key agencies can be accessed from their websites:
- The local Medical Centre on campus, or medical centres outside of their catchment area. We know that it can be difficult to talk to people when you're having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health.
- The University Counselling Service. Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk about whatever concerns you, and can be helpful for a range of personal, emotional and psychological issues.
- Let's Talk Wellbeing. This is part of the UK's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.
- Leicestershire Partnership Trust. The Trust provides a range of adult mental health services, both inpatient and community-based, including crisis intervention, psychotherapy, personality disorder therapy, and eating disorders.
The Team provide support by helping you evaluate the practical impact that mental health difficulties may be having on you as a student. Find out more»
The Mental Health Team works alongside all staff and professionals in offering the most appropriate practical support and strategies to support students with mental health difficulties. Find out more»
Information about the ways we can work with families, friends and support staff to ensure positive outcomes for students. Find out more»