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DSA Funded Support

Specialist Mental Health Mentoring

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Specialist mentors provide highly specialist, specifically tailored, one-to-one support which helps students address the barriers to learning created by a particular impairment. This support is primarily provided for students with mental-health conditions or autism spectrum disorders. The support could address a range of issues, for example;

  • coping with anxiety and stressful situations
  • how to deal with concentration difficulties
  • time management
  • goal setting
  • timetabling
  • prioritising workload
  • creating a suitable work-life balance.

Specialist mentoring is not counselling. The role of the mentor is to help students recognise the barriers to learning created by their impairment and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers, particularly at times of transition, e.g. when starting at college/university or when planning to move on from it. For some students, this support will need to be on-going, while for others it might be gradually phased out or only be required at certain points of their course.

Mentors can work with students with a range of mental health difficulties, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • bipolar disorder
  • psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia
  • obsessive compulsive disorder etc.

Students with chronic fatigue syndrome/M.E. or chronic health conditions which affect their studies can also benefit from mentoring.

Furthermore, the mentors can work with some students with attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and severe dyspraxia if they are particularly struggling with organisation and staying focused on their work.

Mentoring aims to provide support which facilitates competence in self-management of a mental health difficulty or other chronic condition. Mentors can help students to develop and maintain more realistic study patterns, enhancing their ability to overcome barriers to success, and thereby providing them with a more equal chance of achieving academic and personal goals. Mentors can also help students come to terms with their diagnosis and any medication they have been prescribed in relation to the impact it may have on their studies.

  • We have over 20 years experience in helping students and individuals achieve their best

  • All of our staff are highly qualified and trained in their field

  • Individually tailored academic and mental health support

Success stories

  • I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to receive specialist mentoring because of the wonderful personalised support that has helped me get through university

    Some days I’ve been feeling down, but after my session I leave feeling infinitely better because it’s an outlet for whatever’s on my mind and my mentor’s warmth and enthusiasm is really uplifting.

    Cansu T, Zoology Student

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  • With the help of my mentor I have done things I didn't think I'd be able to

    like present a poster at a conference, and now, I am a PhD student and the happiest I’ve ever been.

    Oliver B , Phd Student

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  • When I first came to university, I was extremely anxious having never been away from home

    My mentor has been instrumental in helping me deal with various concerns by talking through them and coming up with strategies to help manage them.

    Vincent S , Phd Student, Robotics

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  • I feel more in control

    With time I let myself slowly face the situations that used to paralyze me. I am now back at work and have reconnected with my friends. I started with meeting out in the open to now being able to have a drink in a bar. I feel happy and back in control.

    Mark R , Tewkesbury

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