This article provides information about resources for complex or chronic mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, psychosis and personality disorders.
There is substantial support for students with complex mental health conditions. Please see the articles below for further information about this support:
If I have been receiving mental health care but leave my home area to go to university, how will I continue to get medical support?
What do Mental Health Advisers do?
This article lists resources if you wish to find further resources and information about specific mental health conditions.
It is always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. It is also advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.
Courses and workshops
The Student Wellbeing Service hosts a range of workshops and courses for learning skills to tackle common issues like stress, anxiety and low mood. Consult our events, courses and workshops programme to see if any of them seem relevant to your concerns.
All students also have free access to a set of short online courses, called SilverCloud, to learn evidence-based strategies for tackling the common issues of stress, anxiety, depression and poor body image. These courses can be accessed confidentially and completed independently, in your own time and at your own pace. Find out more and register directly from the online resources article.
If you would like to research more around the topic of mental health, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self help resources:
- Bipolar Disorder
Royal College of Psychiatrists leaflet describing the disorder, some of the problems it can create, ways of coping and some of the treatments available.
- ‘Medications for Mania’
Royal College of Psychiatrists leaflet detailing medications used to help stabilise unhelpful mood swings and to control mania. It discusses how they work, why they are prescribed, their effects, side-effects and some alternatives.
- MDF: The Bipolar Organisation
National user-led organisation for people affected by bipolar disorder, including self-help groups.
- ‘Coping with Bipolar Disorder’
Comprehensive set of workbooks from the Centre for Clinical Interventions, an Australian specialist public mental health service aimed at understanding and coping with bipolar disorder.
A free online tool that enables people with depression to help themselves by monitoring their mood daily, based on the idea that simply monitoring something regularly can lead to positive change. Moodscope stores your scores every day, and plots them on a line graph so you can track your ups and downs as time goes by. You can also nominate someone to act as a ‘buddy’, who receives a daily email of your score so they can follow your progress.
Royal College of Psychiatrists leaflet giving information on antipsychotic medications, including how they can help, types, and possible side effects.
- 'Understanding Personality Disorders'
MIND leaflet providing information for anyone who wants to know more about this diagnosis, giving information about the various categories of personality disorder as well as treatment issues.
The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:
University of Portsmouth Student Wellbeing Service: