Which universities have provided you with good mental health support?

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    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
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    This won't be useful to you but to anyone else who are considering them, Imperial have been ridiculously good with dealing with my mental health issues. It does seem a bit hit and miss for others, however - I guess it depends on the tutor you end up with. For me, however, I'm very grateful.

    * OP - I think you're doing the very right thing in putting your mental health first. I hope it all works out for you, and that you feel better soon.
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    Hi littleduck, I'm Leeds Beckett's rep on here - just thought I'd offer some thoughts. Many universities offer a lot of support to help students with any difficulties they're experiencing. At Leeds Beckett we have a dedicated Student Wellbeing Team who students can get in touch with. They regularly work with students with mental health problems and help them make the most of their time at our University. I did some interviews recently with a student who was struggling to balance life and university work going into her second year. She said the Student Wellbeing Team did a great job offering her support and different strategies to cope and excel.

    If you do a bit of Googling with other universities and words like "student wellbeing" and "student mental health" you can find what other institutions offer.

    Once you've done that bit of research I would also suggest emailing the support teams at the universities if you would like to find out a bit more about how they work. They tend to be some of the most reassuring and approachable people you'll ever talk to so they could dispel any fears you may have.

    If you want to know more about our team in particular, you can PM me as well and I'll get you any information you need.
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    Leeds Uni has a great counselling system (have only had/needed one set of sessions but I'd highly rate them), and they have weekly group workshops/meditation sessions that also helped
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    (Original post by littleduck)
    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
    Hey littleduck

    While we're perhaps a little further south than you'd ideally like (we're an hour by direct train from Sheffield) I just wanted to throw Loughborough into the mix as we have a great track record for mental health support. I've been at Loughborough for a fair few years now as both an undergraduate and postgraduate student and have seen a real push to raise awareness and increase mental health support on campus.

    We have both a Mental Health Support Team and a Counselling Service who offer one-to-one support to all students and staff on campus. These teams work within the overarching CDS team who offer integrated and tailored support (both during assessment periods and throughout the year) for students with a wide range of health conditions.

    As well as these official support channels, the Students' Union provide a range of services to promote positive mental health across campus. These include HeadsUp!, a student-led initiative that offers support and organises events to help raise awareness of mental health issues. You can also take a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information. The Union also runs Nightline, an anonymous and confidential listening service through which students in need of out-of-hours support can talk to other students at times when other University services may not be available.

    You can take a look at our range of History courses here. While we don't currently offer a History and Sociology course, many of our courses allow students to take modules from another Department. If you want to discuss this or any other aspect of the course including entry requirements and the pastoral support available within the Department itself, you can contact them directly by email on [email protected] or give them a call on 01509222983.

    I hope this gives an insight into the excellent support available here at Loughborough. If you have any other questions about this or life at Loughborough more generally, just shout. In the meantime, good luck with your search!

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    Hey littleduck,

    I study at LJMU, for one of my assignments this year I did an article about student mental health, specifically dealing with anxiety and depression whilst at Uni. It gave me the opportunity to visit our wellbeing centre and also interview a councillor there. There's a range of support at LJMU should you need it, including specialist support from a wellbeing advisor before you start and drop in one to one sessions throughout the year.

    I know exercise is often cited as a good means of coping with depression, if you find it helps at all, LJMU offer free off-peak Lifestyles gym membership to students. The Student's Union does a lot to raise awareness of student's health and wellbeing too- this year they organised a load of events for Mental Health Awareness Week, including dog therapy!

    Whatever university you decide on, I think you'll find that there'll be a decent support network in place...Unis have come under fire in the past for not doing enough and now thankfully have a lot more in place to help students who are struggling.

    Good luck with your results and final decision! I've checked and we have History places in clearing, I'm sure John Moore's would happily take your 3 Bs!

    Feel free to ask me any questions or if you like here's a link to the LJMU health and wellbeing page for more info:

    https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/stud...-and-wellbeing

    Kez xx









    (Original post by littleduck)
    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
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    Most universities will have a decent amount of support in place - it's not in their interests for students to fail out!

    Perhaps have a look at universities in the area who's entry requirements work for you and email them to ask what they offer. The offerings will probably be similar (counselling services, extenuating circumstances etc) but the way they respond might help you decide who will be the most helpful?
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    (Original post by littleduck)
    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
    Hey littleduck,

    Student well-being is very important to us, as it is for many of the universities who have posted above. We help our students to manage personal issues that might impact on their studies and offer a range of options to support them during their time at university.Our services are confidential, delivered at both campuses and have both male and female advisers from different backgrounds.

    Our services include:

    Self-help materials- our wellbeing appointments offer one-to-one support on how to use the resources and students can contact the Student Wellbeing reception for more details. Our self-help materials include online resources, books and leaflets to help our students self-manage their wellbeing.

    Workshops - we hold regular sessions throughout term-time to help you make the most of your studies and look after yourself. Sessions such as mindfulness, assertiveness and resilience training help our students balance life and study.

    Counselling - our face-to-face and online counselling sessions are run by professional councillors who provide the confidential service for free. The councillors are trained to help you manage the pressures of student life.

    Mental health support- our mental health advisors can suggest practical coping strategies, ensure faculty staff are aware of your difficulties, make referrals to other support services, help you access your GP and mental health services, and help plan your return to SHU following any time off.

    Faith advice - Students are welcome to use our Multifaith Chaplaincy which incorporates a 'quiet room' for prayer, reflection or simply to be still, Muslim prayer rooms and a meeting space. We also offer personal support, opportunities to explore spirituality, faith and belief, and other religious information and advice.

    Each year, we support University Mental Health and Well-being Day, as well as other mental health awareness days. This year, activities included a well-being fair, a workshop featuring origami, knitting and mindful colouring, Tai chi and salsa classes, and a 'Look After Your Mate' workshop to give students the skills and confidence to support their friends.

    Students can visit our Student Wellbeing blog to find out about appointments, to book workshops and use our online self-help resources. Find out more about how we support our students wellbeing >

    If you have any questions, please ask

    Laura & Hannah
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    (Original post by littleduck)
    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
    This might be a bit of a reach but Leeds have by far the best provision I've seen ( http://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/107...h_difficulties ) - they ask for AAB for History and Sociology (but the most common grades in 2015 were ABB so with BBB you might be in with a chance through clearing)

    They're a bit out of date but the Push university profiles include a tab on wellbeing that has a score for welfare (which seems pretty arbitrary) and also lists some of the support available (including the number of counselling staff etc employed) http://www.push.co.uk/Uni-profiles/s.htm
    Leeds, Lancaster, Newcastle and SHU were at the top when I did a quick search
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    (Original post by littleduck)
    I'm thinking of going through Clearing and choosing a different university which is closer to home as my mental health has recently gotten worse (Mixed Anxiety with traits of depression, BPD + SAD) as well as physical health problems which make exams an issue. I still really want to go university and love my subject! (History, with Sociology if possible) Hopefully I'll come out with around BBB. But I just want to make sure I go to a uni with a good level of support should I need it, preferably in the North West / Yorkshire but not essential. Any suggestions?
    University of Sheffield have been so good in helping me with my mental health issues

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=V1002017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=VL132017
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    Hey Littleduck,

    At London Met, we provide student health and wellbeing services to help our students and staff during their time with us.

    All information for this can be found here: http://student.londonmet.ac.uk/life-...l-development/

    If you need anything else or would like to know more, please feel free to contact us to discuss.

    Best,
    Joey
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    Hey Littleduck,

    At London Met, we provide student health and wellbeing services to help our students and staff during their time with us.

    All information for this can be found here: http://student.londonmet.ac.uk/life-...l-development/

    If you need anything else or would like to know more, please feel free to contact us to discuss.

    Best,
    Joey
    The OP was applying through Clearing in August...replying two months later after Clearing has closed and enrolment is done and dusted is a bit late.
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    (I know this is way late but posting for future students in case anyone ever finds this thread)

    Bournemouth have been GREAT! I have Asperger Syndrome and anxiety and I have an appointment with an ALS tutor every week to monitor my progress and see how I'm getting on. She's been so helpful - I can't express how much I love it here.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    The OP was applying through Clearing in August...replying two months later after Clearing has closed and enrolment is done and dusted is a bit late.

    Hi PQ,

    We are very sorry for the delay in replying. There has been a number of personal matters in our office and we have been working to make sure everyone gets a response from us.

    We value every student and hope that we can help them as much as possible.

    Best,
    Joey
 
 
 
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