for better mental health

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.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Alcohol & drugs

Drink Aware
Information about managing alcohol safely.


0300 123 6600
Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.


Carers UK

0808 808 7777
Advice and support for people caring for someone else.

Lists UK volunteering opportunities.

Nightline Association
Lists contact information for helplines and listening services in universities and colleges across the UK.


0800 068 41 41
07786 209697 (text)
Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them.


116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

Open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some branches in person. They also have a Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 (7pm–11pm every day).

Student Minds
Mental health charity that supports students.

Students Against Depression
Information and support for students experiencing suicidal feelings, including a helpful safety plan template.

University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN)
Network for mental health advisors working in education.


0808 802 5544 (parents helpline)
85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.


Money Advice Service

0800 138 7777
Provides free and impartial money advice.

The Money Charity
Information and advice about managing your money, including resources and workshops for young people and students.

Aims to promote and simplify the process of applying for Disabled Students' Allowances.

Health services

NHS Choices – Student Health
Advice on student health issues.

NHS Service Finder
Searchable database of NHS services in England.

Student advice

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (Adviceline)
03444 111 445 (Text relay)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including with money, housing, legal and other problems.

National Careers Service
Information, advice and guidance about learning, training and work.

National Union of Students
Promotes and defends the rights of students.

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

Open University

Offers flexible, part-time study and distance learning, including some free online courses.

Save the Graduate
Information and advice about graduating from university.

Processes applications for higher education courses in the UK.

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Advice and guidance for international students and the institutions, students' unions and organisations who work closely with them.

Support for care leavers

Support for children in care and young care leavers.

Rees Foundation
Support for care leavers, including regional peer networks.

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

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