Mental Health Advisers and Mental Health Support
Mental Health Advisers are specialist practitioners who can offer mental health advice and support. They can provide short term focused interventions to promote wellbeing and support students to develop coping strategies. Where appropriate they will signpost students to further information and other support providers both within the university and externally. Mental Health Advisers will look at how mental health difficulties may impact on academic studies and can put reasonable adjustments in place to ensure students do not experience disadvantage due to mental health problems. The Adviser will work with the student and academic school to develop an Inclusive Learning Plan (ILP) which may include exam adjustments, use of enabling equipment or provision of class resources.
If appropriate the Adviser can also support a student to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). For more information regarding DSA please visit Applying for Funding.
Students may be eligible for support from a specialist Mental Health Student Mentor. Mentors are able to meet with students on a regular one to one basis to develop strategies to manage the impact of mental health problems on academic study. If a student suffers from more serious mental health concerns the Mental Health Adviser will liaise with the student’s GP and specialist mental health services in the community.
Wellbeing events and workshops at Kent
As well support for individuals for mental health conditions, we offer frequent workshops and events for all students to enhance and maintain their wellbeing. Have a look at our Events Calendar for information on what's coming up.
The support I get makes me feel like I'm not alone. If I have a bad mental health week, I know there's someone I can contact.
Where to find additional support?
Call Nightline and speak to a trained student volunteer about anything that may be troubling you. Student volunteers are on hand throughout the night if you just need someone to listen. (20.00-08.00, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Togetherall - formerly Big While Wall
You can also get mental health support online via Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall). So you can get the support you need 24/7, from wherever you are.
Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness is a mental health charity who improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning.
The Engagement Blog has been designed to help anyone experiencing problems in attending and engaging teaching sessions, consisting of interactive sections and packed full of friendly advice.
E-therapists are counsellors based at the university in the Canterbury or Medway campuses. Find out more about E-therapy on our dedicated E-therapy information page.
For more information on a wide range of external self-help resources, charities, and organisations please check out our self-help resource list.
There is an active Mindfulness community at Kent who is always ready to welcome new students: find out more on the Mindfulness web page.