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What appointments are available?
A counselling appointment is a chance to look in depth at your concerns, thinking about the cause of your current difficulty, looking at the feelings and emotions you may be experiencing as a result and exploring together ways to improve your current situation, by drawing on your inner strengths and resources.
A wellbeing appointment is a chance to talk briefly about your difficulty with a member of the student wellbeing team, exploring practical strategies which may be helpful to improve your current situation, and working on action-planning and goal setting. Wellbeing appointments offer a practical approach based in the here-and-now.
A mental health appointment is one on one with one of the University's Mental Health Advisors. The aim is to connect with students who have a previous or recent mental health diagnosis or have started to experience symptoms that are affecting their ability to engage in university life. The appointments are approximately one hour long with the aim of gaining an understanding of how things are for the student and what support (if any) they are currently receiving. We carry out a risk assessment to help us determine what support will be most appropriate. We help to create a support plan, often including self-help strategies and resources and where appropriate, we will signpost the student or support them to connect with external agencies.
We know it can be daunting, but we are a friendly team and the appointments are an opportunity for an open, honest, and non-judgemental discussion.We also run a regular (no appointment) drop-in service, where we are on hand to support students with immediate difficulties/crisis or give them advice to help support themselves or a friend. Appointments last around 10–15 minutes.
Find out more by selecting the service from the grid below.
Making an appointment
As a service we offer both counselling and/or wellbeing appointments. Find out more information about making an appointment.
UPSU Support and Advice, part of the Students' Union, also provides advice about a whole host of issues including academic, consumer, debt, housing, legal, student funding and welfare benefits.
Have you experienced sexual assault? View the University of Plymouth's information and guidance.