The role of Student Support Services is not to replace NHS services, but is to enable and empower students with mental health difficulties to make positive decisions and choices for themselves. If you require NHS services (such as a GP, community mental health team, psychiatrist etc.), you are advised to maintain contact with the relevant service.
The Wellbeing and Disability Service can provide access to;
- Togetherall, a 24/7 digital mental health service
- Self-Help Resources
- One-off support sessions
- Autism support
- Group programmes
- NHS courses etc.
We can also;
- Assist you with the application process for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Long-term support for your study is only available through this non means support package for UK students.
- Advise/liaise with academic departments on Reasonable Adjustments if needed. Adjustments may include additional time in exams, smaller rooms in exams or alternative means of assessment for coursework etc.
- Assist you if your circumstances and current health make study difficult for you.
Do I have to disclose my condition?
It is entirely your choice on whether you disclose information on your mental health condition.
You may find that your condition does not impact on your ability to study so you do not feel it is relevant to disclose, however, the University encourages students to declare specifically if your condition can have an impact on your ability to study.
These could be things like additional time or a smaller room in exam conditions, alternative means of assessment for coursework etc. It also means we can assist and progress any application for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), a formal, non means tested additional support.
How do I disclose a mental health condition?
If you want to proceed with formally notifying us of your mental health condition, please complete a Student Support Form.
We will not inform any department regarding your condition unless we have your permission to do so.
International students can access the Wellbeing and Disability Service as any enrolled student however, cannot apply for Disabled Students' Allowance as this is only open for UK students.
If you have a mental health condition, we do recommend that you contact our service prior to arrival so we can explain to you what support is available and how UK mental health and psychiatric system works.
Access to long-term therapies such as counselling, psychology and psychotherapy are very difficult and there are long waiting lists. The Wellbeing and Disability Service is only able to offer short-term support.
Therefore, if you require access to such services we strongly recommend that your health insurance covers you for payment and access to such therapies on a private basis.
If you are looking for emotional support for your mental health difficulties, difficult personal situation or general wellbeing you can complete a Student Support Form and the team will be in touch with recommendation. As well as the Wellbeing and Disability Service, there is a range of services across the university you may want to consider;
- The Students Union offer a range of services to support your wellbeing and to be there when you just need a chat. These include numerous courses/groups, a drop in service, an anonymous night telephone line and an instant message service.
- Welfare can provide you with practical advice and support on many different welfare issues you may face during your time at Swansea University. We will work together with you and your school to ensure you have the best possible student experience.
- Faith@CampusLife's listening service offers a listening ear to whoever needs it – irrespective of religion, if any. Registration is not required and there doesn’t have to be any particular issue or problem. To access this service, please contact email@example.com.
- Your personal tutor should be your first point of contact should you have any concerns regarding your studies. If you are stuck on a problem which you have been set or you would like advice on your academic progress, your personal tutor should be able to help. You can find details of your academic mentor by logging into your MyUni account.
- Within your Faculty there are Disability Coordinators who ensure that support and adjustments are available to assist you with your disabilities, mental health difficulties and/or related medical conditions. The administrative and academic coordinators perform separate functions to support you.