Specialist Mentors work to help students achieve their full potential at university while also mitigating the impact their mental health condition might have on them.
Mentors can work with students with a range of mental health difficulties, and will help them improve their self-management competences, as well as helping them come to terms with their diagnosis.
Specialist Mentors also provide support with timetabling, goal-setting, and managing expectations about appropriate levels of study. They will work with the student on creating more appropriate study patterns, providing them with the tools and the mindset to achieve personal academic goals.
Where can I find them?
The Specialist Mentor role is funded by the DSA-QAG (Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group). This means that before being able to speak to a Specialist Mentor, you will need to apply to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). You can learn more about the DSA on the Government's Website. Upon completion and confirmation of the application, your University will be able to put you in contact with a Specialist Mentor.
Specialist Mentors are encouraged to join the University Mental Health Advisers Network so that they may share best practice with other specialist support staff at various institutions and participate in peer support and development. Becoming part of the UMHAN network allows individual members to have their say in the wider development of services and become involved in creating guidance and policies for institutions and mental health services. If you are a Mental Health Adviser or Specialist Mentor interested in joining the Network, you can read about membership and apply by following this link.