Overview

The Wellbeing Team consists of Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and Student Mentors. The team can help with issues such as stress and anxiety, panic attacks, depression, eating difficulties, sleep problems, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
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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. 

Here is a visual guide for What happens in a Mental Health Meeting.

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.

We also have a free confidential Counselling service for all Kent students.


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.

Inspiration for staying well from other students

Could you use some ideas for staying well and doing things that make you feel connected and contented in difficult circumstances? Check out these web pages with resources compiled by your fellow students, with everything from books, music, recipes, meditations and more...

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.

PhD Student

Where to find additional support?

Mental Health Partner organisation: Spectrum Life - Out of Office Hours Support  

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or need emergency in the moment crisis support outside of Student Support and Wellbeing working hours, our external partners Spectrum Life can offer you online, text and telephone support from qualified counsellors and mental health professionals.  

Spectrum Life will work with you in getting initial support and help during your crisis and the University Student Support and Wellbeing teams will contact you on the next working day

  • Spectrum Life is available on weekdays evenings from 8pm till 8am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays.
  • Telephone: 0800 0318227 or Text ‘Hi’ to: 00353 87 369 0010
  • Search for the Spectrum Life app from your app store and follow the log in instructions

Nightline

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 White 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

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.

Mental Health Matters Canterbury Safe Haven

The Safe Haven (based at Age UK, The Centre, Castle Row, Canterbury, CT1 2QY) offers mental health support from 6-11pm every day of the year to any residents of Kent aged 16 or over, helping to access services and opportunities available to them in the wider community.

We Are With You 

We Are With You services across Kent & Surrey provide free confidential support online and/or over the phone.to anyone over 17 years old registered with a GP in Kent & Surrey.

Engagement Blog

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-therapy guides

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.

Self-help guides - by theme

For more information on a wide range of external self-help resources, charities, and organisations please check out our self-help resource list. This is organised by themes so you can find support on many subjects such as addiction, grief, sex, sexuality, and relationships, eating issues, homelessness etc.

Mindfulness

There is an active Mindfulness community at Kent who is always ready to welcome new students: find out more on the Mindfulness web page.

Oasis Garden

The Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG) is a group of students, staff and community members working to create a sustainability hub centred around growing food. The Oasis garden provides opportunities for skills building and training as well as quiet spaces for wellbeing and mental health programmes. Find out more on the Kent Community Oasis Garden Blog.

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