University mental health advisors

If you are experiencing a mental health difficulty, our Mental Health team can provide a range of free and confidential support appropriate to your personal and academic needs.

Mental Health Advisors are part of the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service. We work with students who have a diagnosis of a serious mental health condition diagnosed by an NHS Secondary Care Psychiatrist. We will work with you to help you manage your mental health difficulties in relation to your time here at Leeds and your studies. 

If you are concerned that your mental health is impacting on your ability to study and to cope with life at university, please complete a registration form to arrange an appointment.

There's a great range of support available for you and we can help to ensure you are able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of assistance.

Working with external services and other people

Many of the students we support are working with a secondary care service such as a Community Mental Health Team, psychiatrist or psychologist and any support we offer you will supplement this ongoing support. It could be that part of the work we do together is to support you to get this external care and make onward referrals.

You may also have a diagnosis and feel this is well managed without the need for any further support from the university. During your time at university, if you do feel the need for support or signposting, we can support you with this. 

We will support you if you are finding it difficult to disclose or explain your condition to your school, and to your friends and family, if this is your wish. The University takes issues relating to confidentiality, disclosure and data protection seriously.

What we offer

We offer one-to-one ongoing support. This support can be just one session for signposting or we could support you for the duration of the time you are at Leeds. The duration of support will be determined by yourself and the advisor you work with. 

In fact, all the support we offer is done by us working together and the direction of it will be determined by what you want and need in terms of your diagnosis. For example, we may work with you to develop a support plan to help you identify and manage your symptoms. We can also implement existing Care Plans when needed or support you in developing one. 

We will work with you to explore and implement strategies to help you manage your diagnosis to ensure your time at Leeds and your life at university is full and fulfilling. 

Mental Health support from the Disability Coordinator team

In addition to support from the Mental Health team, you may also be able to obtain help from Disability Services depending on the nature of your mental health issue. General equipment and support services are available to all University of Leeds disabled students and you may also be able to get condition-specific help if you apply for additional funding. This might include:

  • weekly one to one learning strategy support
  • the opportunity to attend study skills workshops
  • personalised specialist mentoring to help you stay on track with academic work, organise your studies and help you settle into life at the University.

How can you get the help you need?

To ensure you get all the help you need, we encourage you to:

  • apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
  • speak to your disability contact within your school
  • register and make an appointment to speak to a disability coordinator within the Disability team
  • attend a same day appointment, 9.30am-3pm, Monday to Friday

To access some of the services, your mental health condition needs to have lasted, or be likely to last, for 12 months or more and have an impact on your studies. You will need to provide medical evidence from your GP or other mental health professional about the nature of your mental health issues.