Mental Health Mentor

7th June 2022 by Maya Woodley

Job type: Freelance / Self-Employed

Hours: Flexible

Hourly Rate: £35 per hour

Location: Southampton, Oxford, London and remote from home

We are looking for Specialist Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Mentors who currently have professional body membership (eg. BACP, HCPC, UKCP, BPS etc.) to work with disabled university students based across the UK, specifically in Southampton, Oxford and London.

We are anticipating support to be delivered face to face, although confidence in remote support is essential.

If you are a mental health professional who is passionate about delivering holistic, creative support strategies then we want to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities

  • Assistance with any pastoral matters which are causing the student anxiety or stress
  • Support for motivation and morale
  • Emotional support with the focus on enabling the development of emotional awareness and wellbeing strategies
  • Help with organisation and planning, solving problems, developing and tailoring life and study skills and strategies to individual needs
  • Help student adjust to university life, including access to reasonable adjustments and examination arrangements
  • Highlighting any early signs of difficulties or irregular behaviour and suggestion of strategies to manage this and also how the student could self-monitor for the future
  • Create positive plans and objectives using tailored strategies

Essential Criteria {Proof of the first two requirements are non-negotiable}:

  • A relevant professional qualification in the field of mental health
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body, eg. BACP, HCPC, UKCP etc
  • Experience of mentoring or supporting individuals with mental health difficulties
  • In-depth knowledge of mental health issues and their impact on the individual
  • An understanding of the impact of medication on the student’s ability to study
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to manage own workload and prioritise effectively
  • An interest in assistive technology
  • Readiness to learn and embrace our online booking system


D&A is committed to equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity. We are a disability confident employer and encourage openness around mental health, hidden and visible disabilities. We have built a supportive team that is committed to your wellbeing, progression and development. We can offer:

  • Comprehensive training on disability and equality, specific learning differences and neurodiversity, study skills/ workplace strategies, assistive technology, metacognitive training and goal setting
  • Regular continual professional development (CPD) opportunities including peer-supervision
  • A supportive team of talented, knowledgeable and passionate colleagues
    Opportunities to get involved in various social justice projects (eg. supporting homeless individuals)
  • Flexible work
  • Assistive Technology Software licences provided


If the opportunity to join a friendly and vibrant team interests you, please complete our application form.

You can also call us on 0800 978 8303 or email  for more information or if you need this job description in an alternative format.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, and guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the minimum job criteria.