Self help information

Sometimes 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 Talk and Plan (TAP) 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 Services and Resources page of the University website. If you are a member of staff supporting a student, you may find the Student Support at Bristol information helpful. There is also a one page student support guide (PDF, 63kB).

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.

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 contain a lot of material about mental health issues. Additionally, Public Health Northern Ireland publish a student guide with general tips about mental health and wellbeing at University.

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 links to support, information and strategies for working through problems:

  • Bristol Wellbeing Therapies provide a number of courses and workshops to improve wellbeing.
  • The following leaflet helps you to think about talking to others about your mental health.
  • Elefriends is an online supportive community run by the national mental health charity Mind.
  • Student Minds is a UK student mental health charity.
  • Mindfulness for Students is a website providing information about mindfulness with downloadable meditation exercises.
  • Welldoing is a website with information and resources about health and wellbeing.
  • The Centre for Clinical Interventions have a range of self help materials available on their website.
  • The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (SEH) have some useful information about supporting your health & wellbeing and their Get Exercise Confident strategy.
  • Goodgym is an organisation that help people combine running with helping their local community.
  • Wellaware is a local self help database with lots of information for people seeking emotional and mental health support.
  • The Frank Buttle Trust are an organisation set up to help young people in need of financial support and can offer grants to help with studying.
  • Minding Your Head is an organisation based in Northern Ireland with some useful information about mental health for young people.
  • The Mental Health Foundation is a good resource for information about mental health and they have downloadable podcasts about health, wellbeing and relaxation.
  • Moodgym is a self help programme used to help prevent depression using cognitive behavioural techniques.
  • Ecouch is a self help programme designed to alleviate depression, anxiety, social anxiety, relationship breakdown and loss & grief using a range of different strategies.
  • 750 words is a forum for therapeutic writing, based on the book 'The Artist's Way' which is available in our self-help library.
  • Living Life to the Full is a website offering self help strategies for helping you to feel better about yourself.
  • Information on basic meditation techniques is available on
  • The Samaritans have produced a guide for people who want to help a friend struggling with their mental health.
  • Changes Bristol provide support groups for anyone in Bristol experiencing mental distress.
  • Get self help is a website that provides a range of worksheets based on Cognitive Behavioural principles (CBT).
  • Doctors for Doctors and BMA Counselling are support services for medical students run by the British Medical Association.
  • Headspace is a mindfulness app with a range of meditations. 
  • Sleepio is an online self help programme, based on CBT principles for people with sleep problems.
  • The Lifecoach Directory offers a comprehensive list of life coaches across the UK.
  • Stressbusting is a website with information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments available for stress.
  • Release is a short video about the importance of muscular release in order to relieve anxiety and heal from trauma.
  • The National Autistic Society have a local group offering meetings and activities.
  • MoveGB is a national exercise membership scheme that allows you to access lots of classes for a very reasonable price.
  • Expert Self-Care is a health app for students that includes information about mental health.
  • LiveWell Bristol is a website dedicated to healthy lifestyles, including some information on mental wellbeing.
  • Head talks is an online resource to help improve mental wellbeing.