How to cope with student life

Explains how having a mental health problem can impact upon being a student, and suggests ways of coping and where to go for support.

Your stories

Coping with depression at university

Helen blogs about the challenges of getting a university degree while struggling with depression.

Posted on 17/02/2015

My university life with anxiety

Kerrie blogs about how her anxiety impacts her university life and her decision to live off campus.

Kerrie Wilkinson
Posted on 23/09/2015

Talking about anxiety at university

Emmie blogs about her experiences of managing relationships and anxiety whilst at university.

Emma Togneri
Posted on 24/09/2014

Useful contacts

Access Diploma

Information about Access to Higher Education Diploma courses.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777

Independent information and support for carers.

Citizens Advice

08444 111 444 (England)
0844 477 2020 (Wales)
TextRelay service: 08444 111 445
Confidential advice on a range of issues.

Volunteering opportunities across the UK.

Drink Aware

Information about managing alcohol safely.


A supportive community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.


Information and advice about drugs.

Money Advice Service

0300 500 5000

Free, impartial advice about money matters.

The Money Charity

National charity offering information and advice about managing your money.

National Careers Service

Information and advice on planning your career.

National Union of Students

0845 5210 262
Promoting and defending the rights of students.

NHS service finder

Search facility which allows you to look for a health service, including a GP, in your area.

NHS Choices - Student Health
Advice on student health issues.


Lists contact information for support and listening services run in universities and colleges across the UK.

Not Going To Uni

Information and advice about alternatives to university.

Open University
Information on study skills.


116 123 (freephone, available 24 hours)
Emotional support for anyone in distress.

Save the Graduate

Information and advice about graduating from university.

Students Against Depression

Information and support for students experiencing depression.

Student Minds
Information about student mental health and local peer support programmes.

The Student Room
Online student forum for students to discuss universities, health, lifestyle and relationships.

Time to Change

National campaign to challenge stigma around mental health. Includes information and advice about managing your mental health at work and talking to your manager about it.


0808 802 5544
Information for both parents and young people.


University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN)
National network of University Mental Health Advisers.

The student housing charity.

This information was published in February 2016. We will revise it in 2019.



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