Mental Health Advisory Service 

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What is the Mental Health Advisory (MHA) Service?

There is also a team of specialists who provide specific support to students with significant mental health problems that affect their ability
to participate in their everyday life or academic work. They also assist with referrals to psychiatric hospi- tals. Student access to the Mental Health Advisory Service is by refer- ral from staff only. 


What does "significant mental health problem" mean?

Students using the MHAS are likely to be experiencing mental health difficulties to a degree that they are in need of psychiatric assessment. Their symptoms are likely to have been present for some time with the exception of first/early onset of psychosis and acute stress reactions.

The impact of their difficulties is likely to be apparent in their personal, social and academic lives and there will be an element of risk associated with their presentation. Risks in the student population may include risk to self (e.g. suicidal ideation, suicidal intent, self-harm, self-injury), and risk to others (e.g. thoughts/actions of hurting others).


When do you need a Mental HealthAdvisor (MHA)?

Normally, a referral will only be accepted when it comes from a Stu- dent Support Advisor (SSA), University Counselling Service (UCS), or a Faculty Senior Tutor (FST). In exceptional circumstances of immediate risk, a direct referral will be made by an MHA. The referral process will normally begin with the referrer, a SSA/UCS/FST, discussing with the student concerned regarding the remit of the MHA team and the reason for the referral. An MHA may be required in the following cir- cumstances:

○ In circumstances where a student has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having a mental health disorder with a risk factor (e.g. active suicidal ideation).

○ In circumstances where there are concerns about a student who is suspected of having a mental health disorder or who is exhibiting risk behaviours (e.g. self-harm, talking about ending their life).

○  In circumstances where a student wishes to see a psychiatrist.

○  In circumstances where a student informs an SSA/FST that he/she has already been diagnosed by a psychiatrist.

 Peer Listener Programme

Peer Listener Programme

Peer Listener is a brand mental health support program of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. It is managed by Health and Wellbeing Centre and provides professional training and guidance(HWC). Through a series of professional training sessions, students with strong capability of helping others will be selected as Peer Listeners. The program aims to enable students to master basic mental health knowledge, good communication skills, and psychological help capabilities to more effectively support and help their peers in terms of mental health issues. While helping others, students can also build up positive self-image, learn tips to solve psychological distress, and realize self-worth.


Mental Health Literacy Programme

Mental Health Literacy Programme

The Mental Health Literacy Programme is a year-long bilingual mental health literacy course offered to all students by the University of Nottingham Ningbo China's Health and Wellbeing Centre. It aims to enhance students' mental health awareness, equip them with psychological adaptation methods and skills, cultivate good psychological qualities, continuously strengthen mental resilience and promote harmonious personal development.