- Mental Health Adviser
- Student Services
As one of USW's Mental Health Advisers, I :-
* provide mental health assessments and short term solution based interventions enabling the student to maximise their learning potential.
* provide training to University staff on Mental Health issues and are proactive in the delivery of health promotion.
* liaise with and refer to other specialist services such as secondary care community mental health services and GPs
* advise academic staff on the impact of mental health difficulties on teaching, learning and assessment.
* have extensive experience of working with students who may be distressed, vulnerable and/or suicidal.
* facilitate contact with external services when the mental health of the student has impaired their ability to access such services on their own behalf.
* carry an active case load of student clients and take responsibility for students with complex mental health needs.
* initiate case conferences to ensure a consistent and reliable approach to key areas such as risk management
* contribute to the Wellbeing Duty rota, advising and responding to staff, students or parents with urgent queries or situations involving mental health.
* collaborate with internal and external staff in the event of a mental health crisis and contribute to the University’s response in crisis situations.
* maintain close links with NHS and community provision of mental health services, including primary and secondary care teams.
* contribute to the development of innovative initiatives for mental health support (prevention and treatment) for students,
* am committed to reflective practice and keep up to date with theory and application in the delivery of wellbeing and mental health support through clinical supervision.
* possess over 20 years of experience working with adults with mental health difficulties and as such we are experienced in making independent decisions regarding assessment, diagnosis and risk.
* assess clinical risk and determine appropriate action
* interpret findings of reports and identify appropriate ‘reasonable adjustments', taking into account the student's individual mental health needs.
* manage a range of complex mental health issues, often involving working with colleagues, students and staff.