What is Mental Health Mentoring?
Mental health mentors can help with the following:
- Providing individually tailored support sessions to help you identify and address the ways in which your mental health issue or 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.
- Discuss strategies for building social confidence and interpersonal skills with friends and tutors.
Mentoring sessions are focussed on active problem solving, goal setting and reviewing these goals, and as such it is important to be willing to try things out. You might need, 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. Mentors can support you in time management but they are not qualified tutors.
In addition it is not an alternative to statutory health care or independent advocacy.