Here we outline who we are, information about our same-day and longer appointments, and how to get in contact.
The Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team are here to help by providing information and advice on issues around disability, mental health and wellbeing, and in doing so enhance your access to study. We are made up of a team of specialist advisers that sit within the wider Student Support and Wellbeing department, alongside counsellors and other support staff.
Our team can provide support to any disabled students as defined by the Equality Act's (2010) criteria and those who have long-term health conditions. We are also able to provide support for disabled students and those with physical or mental health impairments or difficulties not covered by the Equality Act.
Some students starting at UCL will have a pre-existing disability or long-term physical or mental health condition, and may have been receiving support in their school or college. We are able to continue this support provision for students at university, but please bear in mind that the exact support you receive may differ.
Some other students may find themselves experiencing a disability, a long-term health condition or a mental health and wellbeing difficulty for the first time whilst at university, or may be unsure whether they can receive support.
If this is the case for you, please speak to us at an appointment or through the askUCL student enquiries system and we will be happy to talk through the support available, how to access it, and how to go about getting a diagnosis if appropriate, such as for students who believe they may have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) like dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Student Support and Wellbeing's team of Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisers provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, in which you can discuss any wellbeing, mental health or disability concerns that may be affecting your ability to study.
This encompasses any personal or emotional challenges you may be experiencing, as well as mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression.
Our advisers can work with you to find solutions, improve accessibility and ensure you have equal chances of success by removing barriers wherever possible. We can provide various forms of support and reasonable adjustments around exams, lectures and assignments, accommodation, accessibility around campus, and much more. The specific adjustments you receive will depend on your circumstances, but you will get to discuss this when you meet with an adviser.
Our advisers also provide a range of specialist mentoring and study skills support. Meeting regularly, our specialist advisers will help you to identify, navigate and remove the barriers you face to learning as a result of your specific condition. Specialist support on offer includes:
- Specialist Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) mentoring
- Specialist study skills tutoring for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)
- Specialist mental health mentoring
You can easily access support and talk to an adviser by booking an appointment. We have appointments that students can book on the day, which allows you to speak to an adviser at short notice for help and support.
If you need support with a more complex issue or enquiry, please contact us to make a longer appointment via askUCL or over the phone.
Same-day appointments can be booked by completing an askUCL appointment request form or by phone during our operating hours.
Our Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisers come from a wide variety of backgrounds within the disability, mental health and wellbeing fields with many of them specialising in certain areas. This means that if you have a specific disability or other long-term mental or physical health condition, you'll be able to meet with an adviser who can best facilitate your support needs. Alongside extensive training in their respective fields, all our advisers have undertaken Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention training.
Our advisers have specialities in the following areas:
- Mental health
- Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs)
We work very closely with our colleagues in the rest of UCL Student Support and Wellbeing, especially Student Psychological and Counselling Services (SPCS), which provides counselling on campus.