What is mentoring?
Mentoring is specialist support for students who are in need of some assistance in managing their studies and life as a student because of mental health needs. It can be particularly useful for students who are finding it difficult to complete all their work to deadlines, or who are worried that it will not be possible to complete their course because of the effects of their condition on their energy levels and on their concentration, memory or motivation.
Mentoring is a one-to-one support service: you will be allocated an individual Mentor to meet with.
The content of your meetings can be matched to your personal needs and will be negotiated directly between you and your Mentor, but might include:
- Support with motivation and morale;
- Somewhere to express your hopes, fears, joys and disappointments;
- A chance to analyse past experiences and formulate positive plans for the future;
- Help with managing academic work load;
- Support with time management, organisation and planning skills;
- Advice on dealing with exam panic;
- Coping with anxiety levels raised by managing a medical condition.
Please note that Mentoring is not a replacement for professional medical advice and support which you might already be receiving from the Mental Health Service, your own GP, or from a Psychiatrist or Community Psychiatric Nurse based in the local mental health team.
It is also additional and complementary to any support you might receive from the Mental Health Service or the Student Counselling Service or an external support group.
How to access Mentoring Support
Firstly you should discuss whether Mentoring might be appropriate for you, please contact a Mental Health Adviser to discuss your specific needs and whether you can access the funding for it through Disabled Student Allowance.
Feedback from students who have used the Mentor Service:-
I mainly benefitted with my confidence, both personally and academically.
I was really in a bad way prior to having regular meeting with the Mentor, and seriously thinking about walking away from the course. X helped in numerous ways wand was supportive practically -arranging meetings with advice shop and drop in centre, using library facilities, and emotionally – giving perspective, prioritising, managing stress levels.
The main benefits were to share and address my difficulties with a professional worker who understands why I cannot always reach my goals in terms of coursework and why I can…........ I have found other simple alternatives in terms of remembering and completing coursework in different ways.
The main benefits of working with a Mentor have been in helping me learn to communicate more with other people. Being more positive and also develop my confidence and self esteem by being more active.
Generally this service has been a great help throughout the year. I have had the support when I have needed it to speak to lecturers in a one-to-one setting and without it I wouldn’t have been able to do that – thank you! Although they have supported me to try new things, they have never pushed me. This I feel was the best was to work with me to try new things.
If you would like to find out more about the Mentor Service please contact a Mental Health Adviser.