Helping you look after your mental health

Everyone has ‘mental health’, however, some of us may experience what may be termed as ‘mental health problems’ or ‘mental health difficulties’. It is an often used statistic that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem every year.

Coming to university is for the majority of students a fantastic experience. It’s a chance to meet new people, have lots of new opportunities, achieve your academic goals and work towards a career.

It’s not always that straightforward, though, as there are a number of challenges along the way that can have an impact on your mental health. Some of the common ones are:

  • Feeling home sick
  • Difficulties making friends
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Feeling like you don’t ‘fit in’
  • Financial issues
  • Feeling isolated
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Not sure if you are on the right course
  • Accommodation issues
  • Family issues

We want to try and ensure that all students have a positive experience at DMU. So it is important that you ask for advice and support with these issues as early as possible to reduce the possible impact on your mental health.

If you have an existing mental health condition, some of the above can have a greater impact on you and your studies. There is support available at DMU from the Mental Health Inclusion Team. Our team will be able to offer you the following:

  • An assessment of your emotional wellbeing, looking at how all aspects of your life may be impacting on your studies.
  • Support and advice on how to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
  • Assessment of whether you require practical ‘adjustments’ made to your teaching, coursework hand-in times or exams to try and reduce the impact that your mental health condition has on your studies at university.
  • Support when discussing your needs with your teaching staff if you require this.
  • Practical goal setting and suggestions of how to address certain issues you may be experiencing.
  • Support accessing local statutory services such as the NHS.
  • Signposting to agencies who are able to support students with alcohol and substance use issues.
  • Signposting to counselling services.
  • Signposting to specialist recruitment providers to increase opportunities of employment after leaving DMU.

You can ‘disclose’ your mental health difficulties with our team which will help us make sure your needs are assessed properly. Information shared will be confidential and will only be shared with a relevant group of DMU professionals.

To make an appointment with the team, ask at the Student Gateway reception or contact us on 0116 207 8780, or email mentalhealthadvice@dmu.ac.uk.

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