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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

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Alcohol & drugs


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


Carers UK

0808 808 7777
029 2081 1370 (Carers Wales)
[email protected]
Advice and support for anyone who provides care.

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
07860039967 (text)
[email protected]
Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them. Open daily from 9am–midnight.


116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]

Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (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 for young people – text the letters YM)
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.


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


0800 138 7777 (English)
0800 138 0555 (Welsh)
18001 0800 915 4622 (textphone)
Provides free and impartial money advice.

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

0800 144 8848 (England Adviceline)
0800 702 2020 (Wales Adviceline)
18001 0800 144 8884 (textphone)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including money, housing, experiences of discrimination 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.

Office for Students
Information and guidance for students from the independent regulator of higher education in England.

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.

The Student Room
Information for students and the UK's largest online student community.

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.

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