What do Mental Health Advisers do?
- Advise on mental health matters and offer guidance regarding the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions.
- Assess students presenting possible symptoms of severe mental illness, or in mental health crisis, and undertake watchful waiting or refer to the NHS, as required.
- Help to identify current mental health risks and protective factors for individual students.
- Provide brief intervention or monitoring, when necessary, to prevent deterioration in mental health.
- Encourage engagement with other agencies, or clinical interventions, when indicated.
- Encourage safe, effective self-help strategies, and appropriate levels of informal support, to increase positive health and independence.
- Discuss strategies, or sources of support, if studying is affecting mental health, and put in place reasonable adjustments to remove barriers and manage the impact of mental health conditions on a student’s experience of university.
- Liaise with academic and other university staff, student representatives and volunteers, and external agencies, to promote student mental health and wellbeing.
- Work in a multi-disciplinary way for the benefit of individual students.
- Deliver mental health awareness / first aid training to staff, and provide support to staff who are concerned about the mental health of their tutees.
- Advise on inclusive provision of teaching, learning, and pastoral support for students at university.
We offer professional mental health support, but it is not our role to provide ongoing therapy or counselling. If you feel you would benefit from seeing a Counsellor, please follow this link to the University’s Student Counselling Service.
Who are we?
- Sioned Evans, Mental Health Adviser
- Cheryl Parkinson, Mental Health Adviser
- Fiona Rickard, Mental Health Adviser
Cheryl, Sioned and Fiona are registered with a Professional Body. They are also active participants in the University Mental Health Advisers Network, which aims to share good practice and influence developments across the sector.
Due to COVID-19, we have created a new emergency mental health flow chart, that needs to be followed if you have concerns regarding a student's mental wellbeing and / or safety.