Stress and anxiety

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or low, or just want to feel happier, try some of these resources.

Mental wellbeing support

Bristol based organisations

  • VitaMinds
    Free mental health support from the NHS, offering evidence-based talking therapies as well as advice and guidance on community services.
  • Nilaari: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic counselling
    Nilaari offers therapies for people experiencing a range of issues, including stress, worry, general anxiety, and low self-esteem and confidence.

Online support

  • Headspace
    Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate. Free two-week trial available. Free to students with a Spotify Premium account.
  • SAM App
    Manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
  • Fika
    Five-minute emotional exercises to help build your resilience, confidence and positive thinking. Use your University of Bristol email address to access the app for free.
  • Togetherall
    A safe space where you can share and get help from others like you with everything from everyday stresses to major life events. Use your University of Bristol email address to access the app for free; follow the instructions for an 'Organisation'.
  • Talk Campus
    Share your worries and feelings any time of day or night with students from all over the world using our TalkCampus app. Use your University of Bristol email address to access the app for free.

Student-led support

  • Bristol SU Wellbeing Network
    Brings together student groups and societies focused on promoting wellbeing through their events and activities. It's a great way to make friends and build your support network.
  • Students Against Depression
    Peer advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
  • Nightline
    Bristol Nightline offers a confidential, impartial and non-advisory listening and information service.


  • About loneliness
    Explores the causes of loneliness and explains how  it relates to mental health problems. Gives practical tips to help manage feelings of loneliness, and other places you can go for support.
  • Student Space: Friendships and social life
    Tips for making friends and building a social life through the pandemic.


Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

  • Bristol Mental Health Crisis Support
    24-hour contact information if you or someone else is experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Stay Alive
    This app has useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else.
  • Calm Harm
    The Calm Harm app provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
    Text 'Shout' to 85258 to receive support when in crisis from a trained volunteer. They can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you're feeling overwhelmed.
  • Self-injury Support
    Online and telephone support services for women and girls affected by self-injury, trauma and abuse.

If you need urgent mental health help, use our emergency contacts.

Being Well, Living Well toolkit

This toolkit has practical tips and tools to help you feel settled, support friends and get help if you need it.

Follow the self-enrol link to join. If you don’t see the self-enrol link, you’re already enrolled.

Wellbeing workshops

Managing exam stress workshop

Run by the Student Wellbeing Service. This 1 hour workshop will examine typical responses to exam stress and identify and explore coping techniques to help manage challenging feelings and practice self-care.


Becoming your most productive self workshop

This 3 week course is designed to support you with finding ways to improve your productivity, motivate yourself, instil focus and get started towards achieving your goals. It is run by the Student Wellbeing Service.

You will find a collection of topics to explore, and resources and techniques to try out over the 3 weeks, at your own pace, including:

  • Understanding the roots of procrastination and how to build motivation
  • Identifying your personal blocks and current barriers to your productivity
  • Exploring what can help you stay on track and make action plans through a live coaching exercise 
  • Further advice and tips for tackling avoidance and improving productivity 

Next dates: 19 April to 5 May 2021

Further details, dates and book your place on Eventbrite

COVID-19 managing and maintaining your mental health

Join the Student Wellbeing Service for this workshop which aims to help you understand and manage your mental health through times of change and uncertainty, including:

  • Understanding how the crisis has affected you and reflecting on your experience so far
  • Recognising your personal challenges and successes
  • Exploring how we cope with uncertainty and change
  • Creating a personal toolkit of coping mechanisms and activities to manage your mental health and wellbeing
  • Setting goals to put into action for this chapter of time


Bristol Mind in partnership with the University wellbeing workshops

Bristol Mind, in partnership with the University, are running a series of free wellbeing workshops this term.

  • Wellbeing Essentials for Students
  • Tools and Techniques for Mental Health

 Further details, dates and book your place on Eventbrite

These resources have been recommended by our team of health and wellbeing specialists.

We hope you find them useful. However, please be aware that the University is not responsible for the content of any external sites listed.

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