About the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team

Here we outline who we are, information about our same-day and longer appointments, and how to get in contact.

Who we are

The Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing (DMHW) team provide information, support and advice surrounding:

  • Student wellbeing;
  • Specific learning differences and autism;
  • Physical, mobility, and mental health disabilities.

We are made up of a team of specialist advisers and coordinators, within the wider Student Support and Wellbeing department, including support staff.

We provide a non-judgemental space

We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, in which you can discuss your wellbeing, mental health, or disability queries and concerns, particularly those affecting your ability to study.

We work with you

Our team will work with you to explore solutions, improve accessibility and ensure you have equitable access by removing barriers and promoting inclusivity. We are here to enable and enhance access to your studies, teaching and learning, and living experience at UCL.

When you meet one of our advisers, you can discuss these varying forms of reasonable adjustments.

    Our team's specialisms

    Our team come from a wide variety of backgrounds within the disability, mental health and wellbeing fields with many of them specialising in certain areas.

    Our advisers have specialities in the following areas:
        • Mental health disabilities or conditions;
        • Physical disabilities;
        • Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) and Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC);
        • Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention trained.

    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.

    Meet our advisers and the wider Student Support and Wellbeing team.

    The support we provide

    Our team provides a multitude of support, we recommend that you read our informational pages in this order for the most basic and comprehensive understanding of our services: 

    1. The support we provide.

    2. Accessing and registering for support.

    3. Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling support.

    We also have more useful and relevant pages regarding:

    Same day and advisory appointments

    You can easily access support and talk to an adviser or coordinator by booking a free appointment. We offer short 15-20 same day appointments and longer full advisory appointments.

    Find out more about seeing an adviser.

    What do we mean by 'disability'?

    The term ‘disability’ can have various definitions and meanings. There is no universally accepted definition of disability globally.

    Social model of disability

    Within UCL Student Support and Wellbeing, we use the Equality Act 2010 for guidance but also understand:

    • Some individuals may not define themselves as disabled but feel solely disabled by society, their environment, particularly within education, or by others.
    • Some might feel their disability is disabling but find a majority of negative experiences stem from societal and environmental factors.
    • Some individuals see their disability as a key part of their identity, rather celebrating an affirmative model of disability that focuses on their strengths, while targetting how society can make proactive changes to ensure accessibility for all.

    For the purposes of implementing reasonable adjustments, we may require evidence, or the presentation of, a disability. You should discuss this with one of our advisers.

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