How to cope with student life

Explains how you can look after your mental health as a student, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Your stories

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Sam Edom, from our digital team, blogs about the best tips you've sent in for coping with exam time.

Sam Edom
Posted on 26/04/2016

Surviving Freshers week (and beyond) with depression and anxiety

Second year student George talks about dealing with depression and anxiety during Fresher's Week.

George Watkins
Posted on 16/09/2016

Surviving freshers – coping with mental health problems at university

Emma uses her own experiences to give tips about dealing with peer pressure and depression at uni.

Emma Wilson
Posted on 04/11/2014

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Alcohol & Drugs

Drink Aware
drinkaware.co.uk
Information about managing alcohol safely.

Frank
talktofrank.com
Information and advice about drugs.

Charities

Carers UK
0808 808 7777
[email protected]
carersuk.org 
Independent information and support for carers.

Do-it
do-it.org
Volunteering opportunities across the UK.

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

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

Papyrus
HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-5pm)
07786 209697 (text message service)
[email protected]
papyrus-uk.org
Information and confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide, and others who are concerned about them. Calls and texts to Papyrus' HOPELINEUK helpline service are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.

Samaritans
116 123 (freephone, available 24 hours)
[email protected]
samaritans.org
Emotional support for anyone in distress.

Student Minds 
[email protected]
studentminds.org.uk
Information about student mental health and local peer support programmes.

Students Against Depression
studentsagainstdepression.org
Information and support for students experiencing depression.

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

YoungMinds
0808 802 5544
youngminds.org.uk
Information for both parents and young people.

Finance

Money Advice Service
0300 500 5000
moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Free, impartial advice about money matters.

The Money Charity
themoneycharity.org.uk
[email protected]    
National charity offering information and advice about managing your money.

YourDSA
www.yourdsa.com
YourDSA aims to promote and simplify the process of applying for the Disabled Students' Allowances

Health services

NHS Choices - Student Health
nhs.uk/Livewell/studenthealth
Advice on student health issues.

NHS Service Finder
nhs.uk/service-search
Search facility which allows you to look for a health service, including a GP, in your area.

Student advice

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

National Careers Service
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Information and advice on planning your career.

National Union of Students
0845 5210 262
nus.org.uk
Promoting and defending the rights of students.

Not Going To Uni
notgoingtouni.co.uk
Information and advice about alternatives to university.

Open University
open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy
Information on study skills.

Save the Graduate
savethegraduate.org
Information and advice about graduating from university.

UCAS
ucas.com
University and colleges admission service.

UKCISA
ukcisa.org.uk
International student advice and guidance

Support for care leavers

Propel
propel.org.uk
Support for children in care and young care leavers.

Rees Foundation
reesfoundation.org
Support for care leavers.

 


This information was published in September 2018. We will revise it in 2021.


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