We respect your privacy. The Mental Health Support service is part of the Student Wellbeing Services within Student Services. Any information you give us is strictly confidential within the service. We do not pass on personal information about you, including your attendance, to anyone outside the service (such as parents, tutors and placement staff).
There are exceptions to this rule:
- Where you give us expressed consent to disclose information (for example talking to a general practitioner (GP), Community Mental Health Teams or The Zone).
- Where, in order to support you, we need to contact your GP or involve other University services, such as Disability service, or other external services.
- If you give us information that leads us to believe that you, or someone else, is at serious and imminent risk of harm then we may take steps to minimise this danger. This would include child protection or safeguarding issues. Any action would usually be discussed with you first. It is important to emphasise that no one will be told who does not need to know.
- If you are admitted to hospital as a result of your mental health we will inform your faculty to ensure they are aware of the reason for your absence. The information shared will be minimal and on a need to know basis to ensure that you receive sensitive support when you return to university.
- Where the law requires us to break confidentiality (we are talking about serious crime such as terrorism and drug-trafficking, rather than misdemeanours).