We all have mental health and there are things that everyone can do to improve their wellbeing, whether they have a mental health diagnosis or not. 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, where we may need help from a mental health specialist. It’s important we all know about the support services available to us and make sure to get help when we need it.
Universities have a range of different services to support your wellbeing. Visit your university’s website to find out what help is available, including counselling, student advice services, support networks and other resources. You can also visit your local GP, who will be able to explore different treatment options and refer you to local support services.
Remember that it can be helpful to talk to your personal tutor so that they are aware of your circumstances and can support you in managing your academic work. Hall wardens and senior tutors will also be able to put you in touch with services offering specialist help.
- NHS Direct is a national service providing information on all health issues and NHS services. Take a look at their website or give them a call on 0845 46 47.
- Student Minds support groups are run by trained student volunteers and offer a confidential space to talk and to listen in a safe and supportive environment.
- 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 4141, SMS: 07786 209 697, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org from Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, or on weekends 2pm-5pm.
- Nightline is an anonymous listening and information service run by students for students from 7pm-8am during term-time.
- Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. You can contact them by phone, email, letter or face-to-face.
- A blog by students for students, Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves.
For more information on accessing support at university, take a look at our website here.