Student discusses mental health support at Leicester

During Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May), student Katie Sinfield (pictured), who studies Geology at our University, has written a blog for ITV Central about her work as a mental health advocate.

In the blog, Katie discusses the support and treatment she received and how she was able to improve her own mental wellbeing by talking to her GP about her experiences.

The blog also outlines how our University offers individual study support for students with a diagnosed condition. This provision is through the AccessAbility Centre.

Our University also offers student counselling which helps students to work through difficulties to develop coping strategies and get appropriate support where needed.

In the blog Katie says: “I have been open with my own mental health difficulties for over a year now, and I have a great passion for speaking out and helping others. I’m not afraid anymore. My experiences have made me who I am, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.”

The opportunity to work with ITV was provided to Katie by Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. Katie works with Student Minds as one of ten Press Ambassadors around the country.

Katie is also President of the Mental Health Awareness & Support student group on campus, which aims to raise awareness of mental health-related topics and reduce the stigmas surrounding mental health.