Students with mental health conditions or autistic spectrum disorders may require extra support to help them address and manage issues so they gain confidence and become more independent in their studies.

These issues include:

  • anxiety and stressful situations
  • concentration difficulties
  • poor motivation
  • lack of self-belief
  • time management
  • prioritising workload
  • work-life balance.

Mental Health Advisers work collaboratively with students, enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning and become resilient individuals. Students are encouraged to develop positive habits and routines. Advisers use a wide range of techniques to assist students with communication and interaction difficulties and to manage sensory overload by identifying triggers and strategies to counteract them.

Student wellbeing is key and assessed on a regular basis. The Mental Health Advisers work jointly with students to create safety and wellness plans.

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is awarded to students with learning or physical disabilities as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. You must be in receipt of this allowance to be eligible for a specialist mentor at BU. For further information, advice and help applying for DSA, contact ALS.