Mental Health Support

In addition to support for your wellbeing through groups, wellbeing workshops, events, and projects, we also offer specific mental health support to GCU Students. 

Mental health is different from our mental wellbeing. Those with a mental illness can still experience positive mental wellbeing. This is explained through the Mental Health Continuum model, and is demonstrated in the chart below. In the UK Mental Illness is classified as a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Mental Health Continuum: 

Mental Health Continuum

 

At GCU, our Wellbeing Service has contextualised support for Mental Health by our Mental Health Advisors, our Wellbeing Advisor, and the GCU Counselling and Disability Teams. 

Please note due to current guidance the Wellbeing Service is not operating on campus, and is accessible online. The wellbeing service offers a weekly newsletter, and an online module. If you need support, please contact us.

What's a Mental Health Adviser?

The role of the Mental Health Adviser is to support students who may be experiencing emotional or psychological distress or personal difficulties. The Mental Health Adviser will be able to co-ordinate support for students with mental health difficulties and act as a point of contact for the duration of your studies.

The Mental Health Adviser works alongside the disability service and counselling service, but it is not their role to be a counsellor. They will be able to support and encourage you to consider your rights and think about any additional resources which may help you to access education.

Each case will be viewed independently and will vary according to the students’ needs. As well as encouraging you to think about adjustments and resources, the Mental Health Adviser will be able to support you by providing interventions, offering advice and guidance, and signposting/referring to therapeutic and medical services when appropriate.

You can contact our Mental Health Advisers by emailing mentalhealthadviser@gcu.ac.uk

What's a Student Wellbeing Adviser?

The Student Wellbeing Adviser works with students who have wellbeing concerns and ensures they have meaningful face-to-face contact in a timely manner. They work with all teams in the service to ensure a student receives appropriate support and signposting.

The student wellbeing adviser can also help you find out what opportunities are available and help students get more involved at the University. They also are the key point of contact for student carers and trans students.

You can contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers by emailing christina.kelly@gcu.ac.uk

What's Counselling?

What is Counselling?

Counselling involves a series of confidential sessions where the counsellor/therapist and student will explore the student’s issues or concerns. These sessions take place at a regular, mutually agreed time.  Counselling is not about giving advice or opinions, nor is it a friendly chat with a friend. The counsellor /therapist will help the student to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to cope with or resolve their situation.

Counselling may involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, ways of relating, of thinking, and patterns of behaviour. The counsellor/therapist will offer the student a safe, non-judgemental relationship to explore whatever concerns they may bring. 

The service is staffed by a team of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists working with a variety of approaches. Most students meet with their counsellor or therapist for a series of anywhere between 1 and 6 weekly appointments.

Some of the most common issues which students ask for help with are low mood, anxiety, and relationship problems.  Many students benefit from exploring their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in the confidential counselling setting.

Staff: Teaching Students with ill mental health

We also provide resources for staff to support your learning and student experience at GCU at our Teaching Students with ill mental health pages.