Student life and mental health
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.
Lists contact information for helplines and listening services in universities and colleges across the UK.
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. Website also has information for students.
The Money Charity
Information and advice about managing your money, including resources and workshops for young people and students.
National Careers Service
Information, advice and guidance about learning, training and work.
Not Going To Uni
Information about alternatives to university. Includes a search tool for current opportunities.
Office for Students
Information and guidance for students from the independent regulator of higher education in England.
The Student Room
Information for students and the UK's largest online student community.
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.
We Are With You
Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.
National Autistic Society
Support and guidance for autistic people and their families. Campaigns for improved rights, services and opportunities. This includes an:
- Autism services directory – listing local and national support options
- Online autism community – helping autistic people and their families to connect with each other and share experiences
- Autism Inpatient Mental Health Service (England) – providing advice to autistic people in England who are detained or about to be detained in a mental health hospital
- Guide to asking for reasonable adjustments – providing advice on how to ask talking therapies services to make themselves more accessible
In addition to the list below, it's also worth finding out what your university or student union offers. They may have an LGBTQIA+ society, network or peer support group you can join.
We have more information about LGBTQIA+ mental health. This includes a list of useful contacts.
Charity supporting young trans people aged under 25, and information for their parents and carers.
The Open Minds Project
A place for LGBTQIA+ people with Punjabi and South Asian heritage to connect.
Black People Talk
Provides resources and brings black communities together to support their mental health. You can ask them to deliver peer support groups and workshops at your university.
Creates spaces for mental health education and awareness for Punjabi communities.
This information was published in March 2023. We will revise it in 2026.
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