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

Student Wellbeing

Our mental health practitioners can:

  • Suggest practical coping strategies and advice on managing your mental health condition at University
  • Liaise with staff in Faculty about your needs
  • Make referrals to other SHU support services such as Disabled Student Support
  • Help you access your GP and advise about to local mental health services
  • Support you to return to your studies following time off due to your mental health difficulties

The phrase 'mental health difficulties' covers a range of experiences that people have, including 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.