Specialist Mental Health Mentors

21st November 2019 by Catia Neves

We are regularly looking to expand the team and so we are always happy to hear from experienced mentors passionate about supporting students with mental health conditions. The role involves supporting students in Higher Education on a 1-to-1 basis, working with them to mitigate the impact of their condition on their studies. This is a paid freelance position with a competitive hourly rate.

D&A promotes a social model of disability where neurodiversity and disability are perceived as arising from a natural human diversity, as opposed to ‘deficit’ models of understanding disability. We envisage a change that would see ‘Specific learning difficulty’ (SpLD) or Mental Health Difficulty to change and become ‘Specific Learning/ Mental Health Difference’. The celebration and acceptance of difference, and the important contributions this neurodiversity continually makes in society, remains core to our vision and goal.

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
  • Advocacy for student
  • Liaising with tutors and various departments in the institution
  • Liaising with other services including medical, psychological and social services teams
  • 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

Person Specification

Essential {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
  • Ability to assess and to determine appropriate action and suitable referral routes.
  • Empathic and non-judgemental approach.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to manage own workload and prioritise effectively.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the Disabled Student’s Allowance
  • Experience of working with people with a wide range of disabilities.
  • Experience of working in further or higher education.

Benefits

Here at Diversity and Ability, we are committed to inclusion. 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.

  • Regular accredited CPD opportunities online and in person including; disability and equality, neurodiversity, study skills/ workplace strategies, assistive technology, metacognition, goal setting, intersectionality and much more!
  • Peer-to-peer supervision
  • A supportive team of talented, knowledgeable and passionate colleagues
  • Opportunities to get involved in various social justice projects (e.g. supporting homeless individuals)
  • Flexibility

Apply

If the opportunity to join a friendly and vibrant team interests you, please do get in touch! You can call us on 0800 978 8303 or email jointheteam@diversityandability.com 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.