What is Mental Health Mentoring?
Mental Health Mentoring is available to students with a mental health disability. Mentors can help with the following:
- Providing individually tailored support sessions to help you identify and address the ways in which your mental health disability may be impacting on your studies and vice versa.
- Exploring strategies for improving your general wellbeing, with the aim of enabling you to participate more fully on your chosen course.
The kinds of interventions a mentor may focus on include:
- Improving time management and planning skills.
- Identifying and implementing strategies to manage and maintain mental health.
- Developing healthy thinking styles that build confidence.
- Managing a healthy balance between work, social and leisure activities.
- Discussing strategies for building confidence and interpersonal skills with friends and tutors.
Mentoring sessions are focussed on active problem solving, goal setting and goal reviewing; as such, it is important to try some of the strategies discussed with your mentor. It may be beneficial for example to keep a diary, practice time management techniques or learn stress management techniques.
Despite some similarities mentoring is not:
Counselling: the primary focus of mentoring is not on treatment or therapeutic change.
Study skills tuition: Mental Health Mentors can support you in managing your study time more effectively, but they are not qualified academic tutors.
Mentoring is also not an alternative to statutory health care or independent advocacy.