Mental Health Advice

The Mental Health Advisers at York St John can support students with already existing, or emerging, mental health diagnoses. We may support students with short-term interventions to help with a specific issue, or offer longer term support to students with severe or enduring mental health needs. If you have a mental health diagnosis and wish to seek support then please attend one of our Wellbeing Drop-In sessions or E: wellbeing@yorksj.ac.uk

How can a Mental Health Adviser help?

  • If needed, we will be a contact point for students with mental health diagnoses.
  • We may be able to liaise with the local NHS mental health services to discuss, and access if appropriate, support services in the local community.
  • We can work with students to ensure they have a wellbeing plan in place so that students feel confident in their ability to manage times that they may find difficult. This will include working on suitable coping strategies and support options.
  • When students are managing their situation well our advisers may step back from regular support so that students can independently manage their situations, with the option of returning for support if this is needed.
  • Risk assessment and crisis support may be provided when needed, but please not that this is only in regular working hours. If you require urgent crisis support, please check our wellbeing support webpages
  • We may liaise with external mental health services and University staff to ensure that support and guidance are provided to other staff supporting students with mental health needs. This will always be in accordance with confidentiality procedures.

Are sessions confidential?

Yes, Mental Health Advice is a confidential process. We do not disclose that you are attending Wellbeing sessions to anyone outside of Student Services, unless you give your permission. We have a confidentiality agreement that you will be asked to sign upon access to support, and your worker will answer any questions you have related to this as there are some exceptions to this policy.

What if I can't make a session?

The demand for Mental Health Advice can be very high, so it is extremely important that you give us 48 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend a session.

Please contact wellbeing@yorksj.ac.uk or call 01904 876477 to let us know if you are unable to attend.

This means we can free up that time for other students in need. If you miss several sessions we may be unable to continue to offer Mental Health sessions, however the Drop-In sessions will still be available to you.