Mental health support at SHU
You may experience distress or problems with your mental health during your time at SHU. Disabled Student Support and Student Wellbeing can support you in different ways. Both services work closely together and students often use both, but not necessarily.
Disabled Student Support
Not everyone who uses Disabled Student Support thinks of themselves as being 'disabled'; this terminology covers the barriers faced by a wide range of people. People who have a mental health diagnosis and have had, or will have this for a year or longer are disabled under the Equality Act 2010.
If you have a long term mental health diagnosis and are able to provide medical evidence for this, you may be eligible for a learning contract or Disabled Students’ Allowances. A learning contract lists individual support recommendations based on your needs. You will need to attend a guidance appointment or Study Needs Assessment to discuss how your mental health difficulties affect your studying. Our advisers will:
- Discuss your learning contract and set up disability related support (if you have suitable medical evidence)
- Speak to you about disability related issues on your course
- Work with other services in the university to help you with your mental health difficulty
Our mental health advisors can:
- Suggest practical coping strategies and advice to help you manage your mental health
- Support you by discussing difficulties and ensure that faculty staff are made aware of these
- Make referrals to other support services at SHU such as Disabled Student Support or Careers and Employability
- Help you access your GP, mental health services and other local services
- Help plan your return to SHU following time off due to mental health difficulties
The phrase 'mental health difficulties' covers a range of experiences that people have, including stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. There are many other terms used to describe mental and emotional wellbeing. Please refer to the MIND website for more examples.