LSE is positive about mental health and recognises that some students have experienced significant barriers to study at points in their academic career, some of which relate to mental health concerns.
Studying at University can be stressful and this can affect your mental health. Sometimes these difficulties are short lived and can be resolved quickly, whilst others can affect your ability to learn or study effectively.
Staff at LSE are in tune with equalities legislation and committed to helping students to overcome barriers to learning in order to maximise chances of academic success.
Staff from various teams will work with you to help you get the best out of your studies. One such member of staff is a Mental Health Adviser.
- We specialise in assessing how your mental health difficulties affect their ability to learn and can suggest strategies to help overcome problems.
- We can help you access additional services, within and beyond university, such as Community Mental Health Teams or other NHS services.
- We can offer a source of information and advice for staff who are supporting students with mental health difficulties. This includes liaison with academic and/or residential colleagues.
- We will co-ordinate within LSE by working with the student to devise an Inclusion Plan (IP) which outlines actions to be taken by staff, and the responsibility of the student for their own learning.
- We can provide support to you if you have had long term mental health difficulties.
- We can help manage or avert crisis situations.
In some situations, if you are enduring difficulties, such as persistent depression or disordered eating, may find these issues impacting on your ability to study effectively. Your MHA can assess your difficulties and, in partnership, find ways to manage your studies.
You have a right to expect that information given in confidence is only used for the purposes for which it was given and will not be disclosed to others without permission. However, at times it may be necessary to disclose information to protect the student or others from harm and this can be done without the student’s permission.
If your difficulties are associated with bereavement, relationship problems, moving from another country, the Student Counselling Service is likely to be more suitable.