Mental health problems

We are here to support you if you are struggling with your mental health, for example with stress, anxiety, depression or an eating disorder. Anything you tell us will be completely confidential and cannot be shared without your consent.

Making a mental health appointment

Speak to a doctor or one of our specialised mental health nurses.

To discuss support for your mental health, medication, or accessing disability support, you can book a routine appointment by phone or online. You don't need a doctor's appointment to access university counselling.

Urgent appointments

If you have a new or worsening mental health problem, you can book a same-day appointment by phone. These appointments are not for medication reviews or a routine review of ongoing mental health problems. Please try to plan your medication so that you don't use these urgent appointments for when you run out of medication. If you do run out and have a regular chemist, they can often issue you with a few day's emergency supply.

Medical certificates

Medical certificates should be requested by email or using the online form.



Useful mental health resources


  • Student Space  Student support and advice with the option of telephone, web chat, text and e-mail support
  • Students Against Depression This website has several excellent sections such as “I am having strange thoughts” and “I am struggling to go on”. Practical advice on prevention and treatment, self-care, safety planning and more.
  • Student Minds new guide for starting university with advice on time management, study skills, relationships, addiction, identity, mental illness and where to go for help if you need it.
  • The Mix  Advice, blogs and articles on mental health, money, coping with families, being a carer, relationships, drugs and lots more. They also have 1-2-1 online chat and text messenger options.. 
  • Off The Record runs online workshops and activities for young people aged 10-25 years from yoga to book clubs, as well as peer mentoring and activism. There are self-harm support groups and lots more. They also have an LGBTQ+ activist and support group called Freedom Youth.
  • The Birch Collective are a Bristol-based charity that run nature-based activities for young people to enhance resilience and mental health. They even have a free 5-day residential camp every summer!

Are you lonely or finding it hard to look after yourself or find support ?

Student Health is lucky to have what's called a "social prescriber" There are so many different options of support and activities on offer and not everyone will find the same things helpful. Siobhan can spend time with you talking through options both in and outside the University such as accessing exercise, nature-based activities, art or music activities, volunteering, counselling and much much more!  If you find it hard to get started or don't know what you might enjoy, having a session or two with Siobhan could be the answer. Book to consult with Siobhan for free by speaking to a GP or mental health nurse. 

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