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.

Digital resources

Books, leaflets and factsheets


Videos, films and talks

An international student talks about her experience of culture shock

A documentary about two young people’s experience and recovery of psychosis

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 

Counselling services

Other Support Services

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.

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