The University recently launched a new Disability and Wellbeing Service, bringing together the Disability Service, Student Counselling Service and Student Health Service.
About the new Service:
- Additional staff resources to respond to the growing student demand for mental health advice and support. This includes the appointment of a Wellbeing Manager, two Mental Health Advisers and an increase in student counsellors/therapists to 6.3 full-time equivalent
- Supports students with a range of disabilities, including specific learning difficulties, sensory and physical impairments, mental health, Asperger’s Syndrome, unseen disabilities and other medical conditions
- General health support on a range of issues, including alcohol awareness, eating well, sexual and reproductive health, drugs, testicular changes and cervical screening, is also available.
- Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday with evening term-time counselling appointments available until 8pm Monday to Thursday.
How you can help
All staff who interact with students can help through being aware of the support that’s in place for individuals experiencing emotional, mental health and wellbeing issues.
In addition, the Service provides training for staff on a range of topics to build capacity to support students. We would encourage staff to take advantage of the training available which includes Mental Health First Aid, SafeTalk suicide alertness, workshops on supporting students with different disabilities and learning difficulties, Inclusive Teaching Practice and Document Accessibility. For more information visit the Disability and Wellbeing Service webpages.
Making a difference
Staff can play an important role both in identifying difficulties and in encouraging students to access support. By having knowledge of, and the ability to signpost, the new Service you can help ensure all of our students get the best experience possible from their time at Strathclyde.
We are designing support materials and guidance which will be shared across the University soon, and look forward to continuing to develop close working relationships with departments in order to deliver an outstanding student experience.