Seeking Support: Signposting Information
Specific to your university
University counselling service: The University counselling services offer support on a range of issues including stress, family and/ or relationship difficulties, bereavement and homesickness. Support may be offered in a variety of settings including groups and workshops, 1-2-1 sessions and self-help resources.
Mental health advisers: Mental health advisers support students who are experiencing emotional or psychological distress or personal difficulties.
Disability advisers: Disability advisers work with students to agree and arrange any disability-related support and adjustments needed for their studies.
Student advice service: The Student advice centres offer advice and support on a range of issues including finance, accommodation, welfare and academic issues.
Academic tutors and personal tutors: It’s a good idea to keep your tutors in the loop so that they are aware of your circumstances and can support you in managing your academic work. Hall wardens and senior tutors may also be able to put you in touch with services offering specialist help.
National support and resources for university students
UMHAN is a national network of Mental Health Advisers and provide resources for staff and student use. See the following links:
- Information for students on disclosing a mental health difficulty to their university
- Blog posts on what to expect when disclosing
- Information for students with mental health difficulties on their legal entitlements
- Resources for higher education mental health staff (these pages are a benefit of UMHAN membership; find out about joining UMHAN here)
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They work to empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others through our national network of university groups. The following web pages may be of particular interest:
- Further support options for specific mental health difficulties
- Managing Exam stress
- Year abroad students
- A comprehensive guide to Eating Disorders
- The Mind Matters newsletter brings you tips each month on dealing with the challenges of uni life. We gather tips from students as well as expert opinion. Sign up for monthly e-mails delivered to your inbox.
- Student Minds Blog: Student run blog covering a range of topics
- Look After Your Mate booklet: A guide for students that are worried about a friend
Students Against Depression is an award-winning website offering information, guidance and resources for students affected by low mood and depression.
Mind is a national charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. You can contact them either through their national helpline or through one of their local Minds.
Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK, which operates a national helpline known as HOPELineUK.
Contact HOPELineUK by phone: 0800 068 41 41, SMS: 07786 209 697, or email: [email protected] from Mon – Fri 10am-10pm; or weekends & bank holidays: 2pm-5pm.
Samaritans 24-hour helpline providing emotional support for anyone in distress: (Freephone)116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI) email: [email protected]
Nightline is a student run listening service - the phone number will depend on the university