Mental health difficulties

Typical difficulties at University might include:

  • Making friends and getting on with peers
  • Dealing with unexpected / unpredictable situations
  • Motivation / prioritising tasks / time management / meeting deadlines
  • Dealing with unstructured/personal study time, breaks/lunchtimes

Appropriate Reasonable Adjustments might include:

  • Identify key/contact staff member
  • Identify Quiet Room and “Safe Areas”
  • Rehearse action in response to range of scenarios/situations
  • Flexibility around submission/hand-in deadlines
  • Modifications to examination arrangements
  • Prioritise University accommodation

Support and resources available via Access SUMMIT might include:

  • Assessment of Needs undertaken by assessor experienced in mental health difficulties
  • Support Package including:-
    • Personal Computer with assistive software and course related software;
    • Support Mentor to assist with motivation, prioritising, time management and organising.
    • Training to make sure you make best use of the equipment you have;
    • Ongoing Assistive Technology Support to make sure your equipment continues to give you the support you need throughout your course.

Getting the support you need:

  • Support packages are individually tailored and so the first step in making sure you get what you need will be to contact an adviser at your University’s Disability Support Service; if you are studying at one of The Greater Manchester Universities see the contact details for higher education institutions. More information is also available through the NNAC Wiki.

Funding the support you need:

  • Most UK students will qualify for funding via The Disabled Students Allowances – see this page on www.direct.gov.uk for more information about the Disabled Students Allowances.