Anyone can experience mental health difficulties and it is recognised that life’s transition points can be especially challenging. For example, the unfamiliar environment of higher education, combined with the demands of self-directed study can be very stressful, especially for those who already have underlying mental health problems. Therefore, the University of Wolverhampton takes the mental health of its students and staff very seriously.
If you are a student experiencing a mental health or wellbeing difficulty and require support we can provide free, confidential and non-judgmental support including:
- Online Self-help resources
- Appointments with a mental health practitioner
- Referrals to other support in the University and to support services in the community
We help with a variety of personal difficulties which include: anxiety, confidence, depression, homesickness, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, cultural issues, identity, trauma, loss/bereavement, relationships or work/life/study balance.
We have different specialist practitioners within the team - including counsellors and other mental health specialists. After you have registered with us, we may invite you to a 1:1 appointment with a member of our team.
Meeting with one of our counsellors or mental health practitioners is about making a positive choice to get help from someone who is not involved in any aspect of your life. It offers you the chance to focus on and understand your difficulties.
We will listen, offer support and understanding, while at the same time be accepting of your values, attitudes and life-style in a non-judgemental way.
Our 1:1 work with you is confidential except in rare circumstances – for example, when someone may be in serious danger. In these rare instances we will seek to discuss any potential sharing of confidential information with you in advance (see a copy of our MHWT Student Agreement Form for more information).
If you are allocated an appointment, our focus will be on developing your strengths, skills and resources to cope. We help you to find the answers.
If you are worried about a friend or family member - for example your son or daughter - who s studying with us at university, please encourage them to seek help and share with them the link to our online registration form.
Please go to Advice for a concerned parent/carer or friend webpage for further information.
Students with a diagnosed mental health condition may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) funded support. If you think you are eligible for DSA, we recommend you apply before you are due to arrive at University. For example, DSA can pay for one-to-one mentoring or study skills support.
You can apply for DSA whether you are applying for university or already a current student. You can find more information on our Students with Disabilities and SpLD page.
We will be exploring later this year whether to offer some therapeutic or skills-based group work on specific mental health topics. At present, there is one group which we often tell students about – a group for students with Autism Spectrum Conditions, which is coordinated by the Disability and Inclusion Team in Student Support and Wellbeing.