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University Mental Health Day 2021

Posted on 28 February 2021

To mark University Mental Health Day on Thursday 4 March, here’s a reminder of the support available to students.

We are pleased to announce that Open Door now has a full complement of Student Wellbeing Officers in post and based in academic departments.

Open Door is the University’s team of Mental Health Practitioners providing support to registered students experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties. The eleven Student Wellbeing Officers are part of a collaborative approach and provide additional resource and support to academic departments.

Support within departments

It is often supervisors and other staff in academic departments who are the first point of contact for students who are facing challenges. By developing strong links with academic departments, Open Door now offers a more joined up approach in which departmental staff can access advice, guidance, training and consultancy. In addition, they can directly request support for students from the Open Door team.

There are three departmental teams across campus; Central, North-East and North West & City. Each team consists of an Open Door practitioner and a team of Student Wellbeing Officers. Together the teams offer an holistic approach with a range of services and support - from practical wellbeing advice to specialist mental health support.

A range of support

Attending to the mental health needs of all students means attending to needs ranging from positive mental wellbeing to mental ill-health. This includes providing resources and materials to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, providing accessible and timely support to those who may be experiencing difficulties, and ensuring access to dedicated professional help and support for students experiencing poor mental health.

Support for students

If you are feeling overwhelmed for any reason please know you are not alone and that there is help available. For starters, take a look at our A to Z of advice. Then, if you think you’d benefit from talking to someone, visit the Help and Support page which gives information on Open Door, Togetherall as well as all the different support services available to you both on and off campus.

To access Open Door, complete the Open Door self-referral form. The team checks the forms daily and will be in touch with you as soon as possible.