Student Mental Health Guidelines for Staff


Mental Health is,

...the emotional resilience which enables us to enjoy life and survive pain, diappointment and sadness.  It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own and others' dignity and worth.

Health Education Authority: Community Action for Mental Health, London: HEA, 1998

Mental health might usefully be viewed as a contimuum of experience, from mental well-being through to a severe and enduring mental illness.  Temporary changes in an individual's mental state as a reaction to daily circumstances and the impact of social, personal, financial or other factors are normal, and may require some sort of support from time to time.  Some individuals may experience more serious reactions.  This minority may be diagnosed as having a mental illness, requiring the involvement of specialist services and support.

The University's Approach

The University of Liverpool aims to provide a supportive environment that will help students with mental health support needs to realise their full academic potential and successfully to complete their courses.  It also aims to facilitate and promote positive mental health and well-being.

How to refer a student

If you are a member of staff and wish to refer someone to the Mental Health Advisory Service, please download the form below and email to

Staff Referral to the Mental Health Advisory Service