Mental health services
We have a variety of services available to support students who are experiencing mental health problems. We work closely with a range of other services and can help direct you to the help and support you need.
Services available at the Students’ Health Service:
- Routine appointments if you are worried about your mental health or that of a friend.
- 20 min Same day appointments if it is an urgent issue. We are unique in that we offer same day, 20 minute mental health appointments. These are to support students with new or worsening mental health. You will be seen by the duty doctor. These are not for medication reviews or for a routine review of ongoing mental health problems.
- The University has a lot of support for students including wellbeing support, counselling and a well researched self-help section with some of the best websites, videos, charities, blogs, podcasts and Apps for you. Find out more on the Health and Wellbeing pages
If you think you may have an eating disorder, please speak to one of our doctors and consider referral to First Step the Bristol Primary Care based ED service
Student Life: Disorganised Eating and Eating Disorders
Student life can be hectic and many students find that their eating becomes disorganised during their time at university: whether it’s eating at 3am after a night out, or finding there’s nothing in the fridge except half a sad-looking cucumber.
But for some people eating becomes more of a problem. Perhaps a diet’s got out of control, or eating has become a way of coping with stress. For some, feeling like life is out of control can lead to disordered eating.
If you have concerns about eating or your body shape/weight then answering the following questions might help you to decide whether your eating is disorganised, or whether it might actually be disordered:
- Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
- Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
- Have you recently lost more than one stone (6kg) in a 3 month period?
- Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
- Would you say that thoughts of food dominates your life?
If you answer “yes” to 2 or more of these questions then you might have difficulties that constitute an Eating Disorder. If that’s you, the next question is: what do you want to do about it? If you have an eating disorder you are not alone. Many Bristol students - male and female - seek help, support and advice because they have a problem with food. Unfortunately, many more suffer in silence .It is common to feel that you must not have a proper eating disorder because you are still coping on some level but untreated eating disorders can cause problems with low mood, anxiety, sleep ,concentraion, recovery from illness or injury and can be dangerous for your heart, your bones and your fertility.
If you are having problems with food, or worries about your body shape/weight and feel as if they are taking over, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. There are lots of sources of help and support. Whether you want to find out more, get some treatment, talk to other students who understand: you have options. Even if you are not sure whether you want anything to change right now, come and talk to us about those options and we can support you.
If you think you need different wellbeing support
If you don't think this is the right support for you, find out where else you can get help.