The centre provides study skills and personal development workshops. The University Mental Health & Learning Support Advisors are part of this team, providing 1:1 support and group work and, where necessary, signposting students to the Wellbeing Department.
The Wellbeing Chaplain, as part of the wellbeing provision, is available to offer guidance and advice on any issues affecting students and staff. The Chaplain supports the Christian Union and other faiths on campus, and holds an annual remembrance and carol service for students and staff. The Chaplain also offers regular drop-in sessions and is a key presence around campus.
Overseeing onsite facilities and accommodation, our wardens operate on a round-the-clock basis, manning a 24/7 emergency and welfare care phone line and are trained to support safeguarding and mental health concerns, signposting to internal services.
Our students are able to visit the nurse if they feel unwell or are injured, need advice and guidance on any health-related issue or just want to arrange an appointment with the local GP. The nurses promote healthy living and lifestyles through health promotion initiatives, for example running smoking cessation clinics, weight and blood pressure checks. The nurses are also on hand to listen to students’ emotional needs, assess and refer accordingly.
The Mental Health Nurse provision is a fundamental part of our nursing team services. The nurse is able to quickly assess students in distress, risk assess and put plans and processes in place to safeguard students at risk. The Mental Health Nurse sees students throughout the academic year who may be struggling with severe anxiety, phobias, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation and psychosis and has a close working relationship with external mental health services and crisis teams.
We were appointed to pilot the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter, which has been instrumental in self-reflecting on our practice, as well as providing recognition for the work we have undertaken with both staff and students in developing mental health and wellbeing initiatives. This charter provides a framework for us to work towards with the vision of institutions adopting a whole-university approach to mental health and becoming places that promote the mental health and wellbeing of all members of the organisation’s community. We have subsequently applied for charter accreditation.