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Mental Health for Students

  • Many people in the department are available to support you or someone who you suspect may be suffering with mental health issues.  You can speak to your PI, mentor, Deputy Head of Department, Postgraduate Education team, or college tutor/counsellor to discuss how to access available support. 
  • The Chemistry Department Postgraduate Education Team coordinate ways in which they can offer support to postgraduate students and list key contacts both from within the department and across Cambridge. 
  • Mental Health Advisors (MHAs) through the Student Counselling Service offer a range of interventions to students experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The MHAs only accept referrals from a college nurse, a college chaplain or from tutors. You can contact the MHAs by email at  mhadvisors@admin.cam.ac.uk and counsellingreception@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • Self Help Overview including detailed information and advice on topics such as anxiety, depression and stress amongst others can also be found on the Student Counselling pages.
  • Further details regarding wellbeing for students can be found on the University of Cambridge Student Wellbeing pages.

Mental Health for Staff

  • Many people in the department are available to support you or someone who you suspect may be suffering with mental health issues.  You can speak to your line manager, Welfare, Training and Development Advisor, Deputy Head of Department, or a trusted colleague to discuss how to access available support.
  • There are Mental Health First Aiders in the Chemistry Department who can be contacted for support on mental health issues, concerns and for signposting to professional mental health bodies.
  • Chung Tu and Kathleen Pickett are the Chemistry Department Wellbeing Advocates and can be contacted for support and information on a range of wellbeing issues.
  • The Staff Counselling Centre has a Resources and Information page with information and advice on specific issues and experiences that can affect mental health and emotional wellbeing such as 'anxiety and panic', 'bereavement' and 'depression' amongst others. You will also find signposts and links to other specialist organisations which you may find helpful.
  • The mental health charity MIND states 'We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect'. Visit their website for information on what they do, types of mental health problems, online support and services as well as an information hub.
  • The Mental Health Foundation charity has resources for 'Looking after your mental health' with podcasts, videos and free downloads.

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