Culture shock and sense of belonging
Differences in culture may include nationality, age, class, race, mental health, sexuality, and more. All impact on our experiences and sense of belonging in a new environment.
- Bristol Student Union has commissioned a number of reports on students’ experience of inclusion
- Information and advice about dealing with ‘Culture shock’ as an international student
- Information on gender and sexuality diversities
Books, leaflets and factsheets
- Support and information for young people with siblings with mental health support needs
- Education factsheets and guides for disabled students
- Support in Bristol for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants
Videos, films and talks
Francesca Martinez is a comedian and actress who talks about happiness as a political act.
Support groups and networks
- Bristol Student union runs several student networks to students who identify as disabled students; BME students; international students; LGBT+; women; working class students (widening participation), postgraduate students and students with an interest in wellbeing and mental health
- Black Men Talk is a space at UOB for African, Caribbean and Mixed heritage students
- Bristol Womens Voice provide information about support groups and networks for women in Bristol
- Off the Record - Bristol run various projects and groups across Bristol designed with the help of young people
- Redirect (Student Counselling Service) - find out about how we are trying to make sure we offer equality, diversity and an inclusive service for everyone.
- Nilaari is a culturally appropriate service delivering counselling for people with mental health issues.
- Group and one to one support for young people at Off the Record-Bristol who identify as LGBTQ+
Other Support Services
- The student inclusion team offers services and schemes, including peer mentoring to support students from underrepresented groups. This includes mature and part-time students, care leavers and BAME home students
- Bristol International Students Centre, BISC, is an organisation supported by local churches offering weekly meals, events and support to International students in Bristol
- Information on support for international students when you first arrive in Bristol
- BASS is a small multidisciplinary team providing a service to adults with an autism spectrum condition (ASC).
Ask for help
Do not be worried about asking for help. At home you might not consider taking this step but in the UK it is quite normal and may be of help when familiar support is missing.
External support in Bristol
Find out what other external support is available in Bristol.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.
The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.
- Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
- Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
- Set goals and track progress
- Access articles, videos and online courses.