Health & Wellbeing
Mentoring, student counselling, health services, referrals and wellbeing workshops
The university offers a variety of free in-house services during your studies through the Student Support team.
Students can be referred by their tutors or can self-refer to a wide range of different types of support, including counselling, wellbeing, learning disability, financial, library, academic skills, IT, technical, employment, and careers. Everything from technical workshops to counselling sessions are bookable by individual students through Smarthub. Alternatively, for individual support, booking face-to-face and through telephone/email contact is also available.
Our Library, Academic Skills and Learning Technologies teams offer personalised 1:1 support and group sessions across a broad range of topics (accessibility tools, time management, critical reading and note-taking, turning reading/research into writing, writing (reflective, critical and academic writing), hidden talents of dyslexia, dissertations, referencing, researching, confidence and presentation skills etc). The vast majority of material covered is also available online in video format, together with further supporting information also online.
Appointments with the Student Support Counsellors are professional and confidential and you can get support for a range of issues such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Issues that affect your academic work
- Issues at home such as those relating to relationships
- Eating problems
- Being bullied or harassed
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Signposting to some of the services mentioned could happen at any point, but would most likely arise from discussions with teaching teams during pastoral 1-to-1 tutorial sessions, or during an academic tutorial that turns into a pastoral tutorial.
We recognise that interventions for individual students are invariably best made by or through their tutors, who know their students and can adapt their approach to suit the student or situation.
We have developed a range of health and wellbeing services to help combat difficulties arising from stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks etc. These services include integrative counselling, 1:1 advisory sessions, lifestyle advice, solution focussed therapy, dõ-in relaxation techniques, mindfulness/meditation training, acupuncture clinics and yoga.
In 2018, we implemented a single-session therapy model which proved successful in early intervention, whilst offering long term support where required. We also now offer up to six sessions to all students entering the service and longer term support where appropriate for students with more complex mental health needs. This allows us to work at a deeper level of support with students who would otherwise be signposted to waiting lists across Plymouth.
With recognition of the rise in mental health issues amongst students, we have provided mental health first aid training for staff, and are looking to increase the availability of this training in the future. For students with disabilities and additional needs, we also have a learning disability team as part of Student Support.
For Student Support information specific to each level of study, please click on the links below.
If you are a current student, you can access a range of services online through the Student Counselling site, the Wellbeing site and the Student Support site by clicking on the links below. These sites will help you to book a session with a counsellor, find information and tips on improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as where to go for specific support and help on a wide range of subjects, from bereavement to LGBTQ+ support.
- Student Counselling homepage - includes information about the kind of support you can access at Arts University Plymouth, as well as a link to book a session with a counsellor.
- Wellbeing homepage - improving mental health and wellbeing, and advice on the range of services and support you can access through the Student Support team
- Student Support homepage - information about everything from registering with a local GP, to finance and wellbeing.
Please note that the above sites and services are only available for current, enrolled students to access.