Mental health – Bath Spa University

Student Wellbeing Services provides professional, short-term interventions and helps students access a range of services.

University can be an exciting and happy time, but it can also bring with it stress and challenge. You might seek help because you want to change the way you're thinking, feeling or behaving, or you may be worried about someone else. At Bath Spa University we offer many ways to support you.

If there is an imminent risk

If you or someone you know is at imminent risk of harm you should call 999 immediately. If you are on campus you should also contact Security on 01225 87 5555, so that they can direct first responders to your location.

If you, or someone else feels unsafe, at risk or unable to cope, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership provide a 24/7 Mental Health Response Line: 0300 3031320.

If the risk is not immediate, you should contact Student Wellbeing Services by email: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk or phone: +44 (0)1225 876543.

Services within Student Wellbeing Services (SWS)

Mental Health Appointments

Our team of qualified mental health practitioners are here to support you, they have a range of qualifications including psychotherapy, counselling, and social work. Book a mental health appointment, which lasts up to 50 minutes and is an opportunity to receive support and guidance on any issues you are experiencing. If you need another appointment, book again. There is not a limit on the number of appointments you can access.

If you need to be referred for additional or different support, the mental health practitioner will advise you about that.

  • Appointments can be booked online using the buttons below
  • New appointments are released on a rolling cycle and will be added to the booking system on Friday afternoons
  • If you have booked an appointment, please do not book further appointments until after you have had your session
  • If you cannot attend your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can release the time for another student
  • If you cannot find a free appointment when you attempt to book you can access immediate advice and support via the Student Assistance Programme. Please check back regularly for newly-released appointments
  • If you book more than one appointment at the same time you may be contacted to choose which you prefer; the other will be removed.

To book an appointment email studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk call +44 (0)1225 876543 or book an appointment online (below).

Book an on-campus mental health appointment

Book a virtual mental health appointment

Counselling

If counselling is the best option for you, your mental health practitioner may refer you to our small counselling team who offer up to 6 sessions. Most of our counsellors are trainee and volunteer counsellors. Your mental health practitioner will speak with you about the best option for you. You may also be referred to counselling services outside of the University.

Digital resources and apps

Uniwellbeing and Headspace - We have a range of self help resources offering excellent courses, advice, relaxation sessions, peer support and more. Find out more here.

Support to Study

If you find yourself needing more support with your studies or with independent living, our Support to Study process may help you. You can find out more here.

Enhanced Support Process

Often working in conjunction with the Support to Study process, the Enhanced Support Process is for students who are in crisis, experiencing significant struggles with their studies or with independent living due to their mental health.

When you can't make it for an appointment, we ask for at least 24 hours' notice, so that we can offer your slot to someone else.

To cancel, call Student Wellbeing Services on +44 (0)1225 876543 (if the line is busy, please leave an answerphone message) or email studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Mindfulness sessions

Student Wellbeing Services offers regular mindfulness sessions and eight-week mindfulness courses. Mindfulness has been proven to help students with the demands of university life and helps to lower stress levels.

The mindfulness sessions and courses are facilitated by Amanda Lampard-Drew, who is a qualified Mindfulness facilitator, Mental Health Practitioner and Counsellor.

Introduction to Mindfulness

These sessions run at various times throughout the academic year - keep an eye out in newsletters and on social for updates!

Eight-Week Mindfulness Based Living Course

The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) was developed by the Mindfulness Association (MA) and is recognised by The British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) which represents the leading teacher training organisations in the UK.

Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help students with the demands of university life and a recent study by Cambridge University found that attending a mindfulness course can lead to lower levels of stress during exam periods.

The aims of the MBLC course are to help participants have an in-depth experience of mindfulness and develop a sustainable personal practice with a view to applying this in everyday life. The course is undertaken in a small supportive group, consisting of eight sessions (typically two hours long), usually preceded by an introductory session and concluded by a follow-up course with an optional full day of deepening mindfulness practice.

You will receive a course handbook, guided practices and, upon completion of the course, a certificate which is awarded by the Mindfulness Association. Not only does the certificate exempt you from weekend one of the MA’s Level 1 training (should you wish to undertake this in the future) it will also look good on your CV.

Participants must commit to the whole course, aim to attend all sessions and be prepared to commit to home practice of up to 20-40 minutes daily.

Keep an eye out in newsletters and on social for session dates and updates!

Contact Student Wellbeing Services

Email: studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk
Call: +44 (0)1225 876543

Our services are accessible Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

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