Mental Health - Support and Guidance

During your time at University, you may have to deal with many challenging life circumstances.  It is important that you access support that is available and don’t try to struggle through on your own.

General Resources


Free 24/7/365 online welfare and wellbeing support, with support from trained professionals: 



Offers free access to people who are in employment and dealing with a mental health condition or difficulty.  If you are going through a difficult time, get in contact with them to arrange access to support from a qualified professional. Able-futures also specialise in supporting Apprentice Learners so contact them through the link above if mental health difficulties are affecting your studies:


A mental health charity. They can offer you advice and help so that you don't have to face any mental health conditions alone: 

0300 123 3393

Student Minds

A mental health charity working with students to develop your knowledge, confidence and skills to look after your own mental health:


A leading UK mental health charity, trying to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness: 

0300 304 7000

The Mix

Offers free information and support for under 25's in the UK. You can get advice about your mental health. 

0808 808 4994

Text THEMIX to 85258

Anxiety UK

A user-led organisation who work to relieve and support those living with anxiety by providing information, support and understanding:

03444 0775 774

Text 07537 416 905


Helping people with mental illness' by providing expert, accredited advice and information:

The Samaritans

On hand to provide you with a safe place to talk and someone who will listen if you are struggling with your mental health:

0161 236 8000 (Free helpline)




Moodjuice offer information and advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts and feelings:

Saying Goodbye/Mariposa

Utilises multiple channels and platforms to provide a wide range of information, advice, encouragement and much more on the loss of a child. They use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to provide real time support and assistance to individuals as well as wider support and help to anyone in need:



Local Council 

Get in touch with your local council as they may be able to arrange practical help for carers. Direct Gov offers information on things like getting a Carer allowance. For more information see:



NHS Self-referral 

For those not wanting to go through their GP, a self-referral to therapy is available through the NHS. This can help you find what services are available in the local area and find the most appropriate help:

Self-Help Services 

Self Help offer a wide range of support and services for people living with mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks:


MIND are a mental health charity. They can offer advice and help so that no one has to face any mental health conditions alone. They also offer a self-referral scheme for therapy through their YASP partnership, this is aimed at people aged 15-25;



Shelter offer help to people who are struggling with things like homelessness, private renting, tenancy deposits, repossessions and evictions:

0808 800 4444 (non emergency)

0808 1644 660 (emergency)


Crisis is a UK national charity for homeless people. They offer year-round education, employment, housing and well being services:


Centrepoint is a charity that provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16-25:

0808 800 0661

St Mungos 

020 3856 6000

Redditch Night stop (Birmingham)

Trident Reach (Birmingham)



The LGBT Foundation Helpline 

A national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities: 

0845 330 3030


An LGBT+ anti-violence charity. They provide help and guidance for people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse:

0300 999 5428

0800 999 5428



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