Peer Mentors are a key part of your university experience. In this blog post, your Peer Support Team explain how they can help you.
One thing we love about university is that it opens the door for conversation about mental health. However, it’s daunting starting your first year, trying to find your way around campus, starting your course and generally feeling overwhelmed.
You are not alone! If you are feeling anxious or homesick, trust us, there are others feeling the same way! Peer mentors support students as they start University life and is a great way to meet new people. Your Peer Mentors are here to help, no matter what issues arise.
Research has shown that Bath students are more likely to turn to their peers than University if they are struggling with their mental health (Be Well survey 2019). That is why all new undergrads and majority of new doctoral students get a mentor in their first year, to give you a helping hand while you settle in and find your feet.
How can Peer Mentors help?
Having a mentor on campus or online can make all the difference and help you feel part of a supportive community where you can talk about experiences affecting your mental health. Peer mentors understand what you’re going through as they’ve been through it before. They:
- can share their own experiences with you.
- can be someone to talk to.
- can signpost you to further support you may need.
Who is my Peer Mentor?
Don’t worry if you’re unsure who your mentor is. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help. If your mentor is unavailable, we can also help you find a new mentor.
Preparing to go on placement can be overwhelming too. The good news is that you can request a Placement Peer Mentor, who can help you plan and prepare during the placement process.
You can request a Placement Peer Mentor here.
Try Something New!
Whether it’s exercise, art, music or joining a society to boost morale and meet new people, getting involved in activities could have a huge impact on not just our physical, but also our emotional wellbeing. Peer-led support and activities are available whenever it’s needed.
Find out more about what is happening on What's On.
If it’s something creative you’re looking for to improve mental health, why not try a student-led workshop in Upcycling. Find out more here.
As you can see, there are loads of ways your Peer Mentor can help you out as you settle in at Bath so contact yours today!