The Mental Health Team
A team of highly experienced and qualified mental health professionals from a variety of professional backgrounds who are available to meet with students who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who have a severe and/or enduring mental health difficulty/disability. We will work with students to:
- identify support needs
- arrange reasonable adjustments to study where students are affected by a mental health disability
(please note: you will need to provide medical evidence, which we will ask you to bring to your appointment)
- provide guidance on Disabled Students' Allowances application
- arrange access to Mental Health Mentoring for students in receipt of funding, where mentoring has been recommended
- liaise with academic and other departments on behalf of students, where agreed
- discuss strategies for managing student life
- provide information and, if needed, access to other services within the University and local mental health services
If you do not have a mental health diagnosis or are experiencing difficulties with your emotional wellbeing, support is available from the University's Wellbeing Advisors who are available to advise on a number of strategies which may help improve wellbeing, resulting in a more productive and enjoyable time at Warwick.
Please note: If you require counselling or therapy, the University has a dedicated Counselling Service for students, providing a range of services including individual face to face counselling, email counselling and workshops.
Referrals and Appointment
To access support from the Mental Health Team, please go to the appointment information page where you will find a link to our appointment request form - please complete and send this form. We will then contact you to invite you to a meeting with one of the team.
Please see the appointment information page regarding current approximate appointment wait time for an individual face-to-face appointment. Please note that we are not a crisis service. If you need urgent support, please see the crisis situations page for more information about support which is available to you.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing
You may be concerned about disclosing a mental health difficulty and worry this may be seen negatively or that they may be labelled in an unhelpful way. However, the Mental Health Team are professionals who work to support students in a non-judgemental manner. Personal information discussed in sessions is held confidential within Wellbeing Support Services and will not be shared with any other department, external individual such as a parent, or external organisation. However, sharing certain information with other professionals or departments may be helpful in providing the best possible support for a student, for example arranging adjustments to study if appropriate.
In such a situation, what is communicated and to whom will be agreed with you beforehand. In exceptional circumstances, for example where there may be an immediate risk of harm, it may be necessary to pass on information to other professionals, on a need to know basis, without your explicit consent. Confidentiality and information sharing will be discussed and agreed with each student when they meet a member of the Mental Health Team.
Accomodation Costs: Students who might incur additional costs for on-campus ensuite accommodation as a direct result of a disability may be eligible for a subsidy towards those costs on disability grounds. You can find additional information at this link.
Warwick Sport have also developed a Health and Wellbeing Outreach Programme, please click the link for more details.
A focus on student and staff wellbeing
You care about your wellbeing - and so do we. Sport and activity can help lift your mood and manage built up stresses. We run initiatives throughout the year to help make your time at the Warwick a happy, productive and active one.
We aim to show all students and staff how adding a little movement to your day can have a big impact.
Free feel good classes
All University of Warwick students and staff can enjoy a range of free health and wellbeing classes (booking required). They are a great way to get away from study or working to relax and re-energise.
In addition the PG Hub offer regular sessions where you can receive support and meet other postgraduates. These include:
- PG Tips (Tuesdays 3-4pm in the PG Hub)
- Research Refresh (Thursday 10.30-12pm in the Research Exchange)
- Take the Postgrad Realities Course, a set of self-paced, online modules providing you with the tools you’ll need to tackle the twists and turns of your PhD journey and help you reach your finish line. This course will help you to:
- Familiarise yourself with the realities of postgrad life
- Build relationships with your peers and your supervisor
- Manage procrastination and maintain momentum
- Deal with culture shock, expectations and perfectionism
- Overcome negative feelings, such as self-doubt and anxiety
PODCAST: Anita Chagar from The Student Journals chats to Sarah Ashworth, Head of Mental Health, to find out more about mental health and wellbeing at University.
Coventry & Warwickshire Mind's Journey Bus will be visiting the Campus on various dates. Look at our Living Well Calender for details of this and other activities on campus.
Leamington Spa has Springfield Mind which runs drop in sessions twice a week.