Self help information

Two men listening in group sessionSometimes it helps to discover that you are not the only person feeling or behaving the way that you do. It can be reassuring to learn that what you are going through is experienced by other people, or that you are not "abnormal" and it is possible to deal with it.

The links on the left-hand side menu offer a brief discussion of some of the issues that people typically bring to counselling. You will also find some useful links to external websites specifically concerned with these topics.

Please remember that each individual is unique. Your issues and concerns may, or may not, resonate with the descriptions contained in these pages, and please don't be discouraged from contacting us if you don't identify with these labels. No concern is too trivial, and if you feel we might be able to help you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Some students want a little help to get started with self help so we are able to offer one off or a series of supported self help sessions to help you tailor your own support.

Student Services

The Counselling Service is just one of a range of free services available to students. You may also wish to find out about others by going to the Student Services website.

Big White Wall

The University has arranged for our students to be able to access Big White Wall. The multi-award winning service is designed to help people get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer and professional support (with trained counsellors online at all times), plus a range of well-being tools to help people self-manage. To find out more and sign up you can go directly to the Big White Wall website or come along to a supported self help drop-in.

External sources

To explore possible links between physiological and psychological states you can consult your doctor or visit the NHS website .

You might also like to visit the websites of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Mind and Rethink which containĀ a lot of material about mental health issues.

In addition, the Students' Union provides a range of helpful leaflets on various relevant topics; or you can visit their Just Ask Centre where you can find information and advice on a wide range of issues.

Self Help Links

The following are some general self help websites that can be accessed for support, information and strategies for working through problems: