Mental health affects us all and we can all experience times of poor mental health, when we feel down, stressed or anxious. Usually such feelings will pass, but sometimes they can develop into a more serious problem and that can happen to anyone. In fact, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.
If someone has been experiencing difficulties with their mental health for a while they may be given an official diagnosis by their GP. Below is a list of some of the more common mental health diagnoses:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Eating Problems (Anorexia / bulimia / bingeing)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Self-injury and Suicidal thoughts
The way in which a mental health condition may affect your university life will depend on your diagnosis and individual circumstances. The dedicated Mental Health Support Coordinator is available to discuss with you your individual requirements before your arrival and throughout your university life.
Your diagnosed mental health condition may be considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010, meaning you could be entitled to funded support or adjustments at university.
Specialist services within BANES
Primary Care Liaison Service (PCLS)
Offer short-term support to people experiencing Mental Health difficulties. Services include assessment and referral if necessary. If you are already under the care of a local mental health team then it is advised you contact the PCLS before starting your course.
Phone: +44 (0)1225 371 480
BANES Talking Therapies
A local NHS mental health service offering advice, counselling and courses to improve mental health.
Phone: +44 (0)1225 675 150