Chronic Mental Ill Health
Health and wellbeing
If you have been receiving mental health services before you come to university or develop a diagnosed complex mental health condition then it’s a good idea to let the University know as soon as possible.
Our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre can provide advice about all the extra support and ‘reasonable adjustments’ available. The Student Wellbeing Service can also help you access appropriate NHS mental health services, where relevant. You could also request a place on the weekly Being You course which focuses on skills for managing life as a student alongside a mental health condition.
Read more here about these services available to you, and how to arrange for continuing mental health care at uni.
The rest of this page offers information about additional self-help resources relating to chronic mental health conditions.
The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:
- Scott, J – Overcoming Mood Swings – 616.85270651/SCO
If you would like to research more around the topic of mental health, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resources:
Royal College of Psychiatrists website information page describing the disorder, some of the problems it can create, ways of coping and some of the treatments available.
National user-led organisation providing support and awareness for people affected by bipolar disorder.
‘Coping with Bipolar Disorder’
A comprehensive set of workbooks from the Centre for Clinical Interventions, an Australian specialist public mental health service aimed at understanding and coping with bipolar disorder.
A free online tool that enables people with depression to help themselves by monitoring their mood daily, based on the idea that simply monitoring something regularly can lead to positive change. Moodscope stores your scores every day, and plots them on a line graph so you can track your ups and downs as time goes by. You can also nominate someone to act as a ‘buddy’, who receives a daily email of your score so they can follow your progress.
Royal College of Psychiatrists website page giving information on antipsychotic medications, including how they can help, types, and possible side effects.
Understanding Personality Disorders
MIND leaflet providing information for anyone who wants to know more about this diagnosis, giving information about the various categories of personality disorder as well as treatment issues.