Autistic students and those with other mental health needs often struggle with higher education, frequently dropping out because they do not receive the support they need to help them succeed. Written from a neurodivergent perspective, Autism and Mental Well-being in Higher Education addresses the provision of effective support via mentoring in order to build students' confidence and enable them to take control of their lives. In particular, it addresses specific issues raised by many autistic individuals and those with mental health needs, and provides a toolkit of activities, resources and coping strategies that can be tailored to specific individuals.
Bringing together tried and tested ideas and activities, the manual encourages students to take control of mentoring and study skills sessions by signposting them to topics they wish to address, while also providing a useful framework and practical resources for mentors, tutors and support staff in higher education. It includes clear information about what constitutes mentoring, as well as coverage of academic study skills, highlighting key points for attention and discussion. It also covers elements of independent living, something with which many individuals struggle.