Looking after your wellbeing 

If it all gets a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of places that you can turn for support, both on campus and in the community, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

Finding support at university

Universities have a range of different student support services (sometimes called Wellbeing Services) where you can talk to someone about any worries, for example finances, accommodation, relationships or mental health.

Each university will have its own services in place, so it’s best to check on your university website, speak to a tutor, or go through your Students’ Union (especially their Welfare Officer). Support at university can include:

  • Student advice services
  • Counselling 
  • Chaplaincy and faith centres and groups
  • Student-led support networks, including buddying or mentoring schemes.
  • Specific support for disabled students, international students, care leavers, or LGBTQ students
  • Student Union (usually there is a Student Welfare Officer)
  • Academic support, including your tutor.

The presentation below from Canterbury Christ Church University introduces the Student Wellbeing Services they offer and what support is offered by each, as well as clarifying the language used and how to get in touch if you would like more information.

Canterbury Christ Church University Welcome Pack – Student Wellbeing Services

Finding support in the community

It’s okay to ask for help in different places and you can always find support through your GP.  They will be able to advise you about what support is available and put you in touch.

Many universities have a doctors surgery on campus or nearby, but if you’re not sure, you can look up your nearest NHS surgery here.

Finding support online

You can also find lots of support online, but make sure you use a trusted source. Try the following places:

  • Student Minds is a great starting point, with information, support and advice specifically for students
  • The Mix offers free, confidential help online
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community, run by Mind
  • Togetherall (previously Big White Wall) is an anonymous peer support community, with trained professionals available 
  • Mood Gym is an interactive self-help book 
  • Every Mind Matters has lots of tools to support mental health
  • Stonewall offers support and information for LGBTQ+ people
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