Student Mental Health Mentoring
Catalyst East Anglia provides a student mental health mentoring service to higher education students.
What does a Mental Health Mentor do?
The mentor works with you to identify how your mental health and emotional well being impacts on your ability to study and how they may prevent you making the most of your student experience. Together you will work on reducing the effects and any barriers you face; to help you reach your potential.
This may include help with issues such as:
- Time management and creating a healthy work-life balance
- Problem solving and goal setting
- Motivation and organisation
- Strengthening resources for dealing with anxiety and stress
- Reflecting on and understanding your emotions
- Developing support and social networks
- Liaising with tutors and student service staff
- Coping with transition and change
If you have an assessment, and the DSA needs assessor recommends a mental health mentor, many Universities offer to find one for you, but you can actually find your own if you wish, paid for through the DSA.
Beckie worked at the University of East Anglia as Mental Health Coordinator within Student Services (2005-10). She set up and provided a mental health service to students and a consultation service for staff. This included establishing a Mental Health Mentoring scheme and supervising the mentors. She also organised mental health promotion events and delivered mental health training to staff, including Mental Health First Aid (“click here” to find out more about Mental Health First Aid 2-day courses).
She now works privately as a specialist mental health mentor. She is an experienced, inspiring and warm mentor who draws on her experience as an occupational therapist and uses solution focussed, cognitive analytic therapy and mindfulness based techniques to empower students.
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Catalyst East Anglia provides professional supervision to people working in mental health and related fields.
What is Professional Supervision?
Professional supervision can be defined as a worker meeting with an independent person who has the experience, knowledge or skills to help you reflect on your work practice so that you can improve the way you help and support others. It is different to the supervision you might receive from your line manager or boss.
Why have Professional Supervision?
Receiving supervision shows you are committed to delivering high quality services, enables you to reflect on your achievements and gain recognition for the valuable work you do, and can help to prevent burnout and provide you with support in your role that you deserve.
Working with people who experience mental health and emotional difficulties can be incredibly rewarding but it can also be challenging and emotionally draining. Having a regular, safe and confidential space where you can discuss your feelings and how you are coping with work place, client and colleague demands can be beneficial for your own health and wellbeing.
Initial contact for mentoring or supervision
It is important that you find a mentor/supervisor whom you feel comfortable talking to and working with. This can be done initially either over the phone or face to face. This is an opportunity to ask Beckie any questions and discuss any concerns you might have. Confidentiality issues will also be discussed at this point. If you then decide to pursue mentoring/supervision, at any time afterwards that you do not want Beckie to continue to be your mentor/supervisor, this can be discussed and the sessions can come to an end.
If you are a student or prospective student to discuss the services provided, if you are an institution looking for mental health mentors, if you are a DSA needs assessor looking to recruit mental health mentors.
If you are a individual seeking external supervision or an organisation looking for external supervisors for your staff.