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Mental health

Everyone has ups and downs with how they feel and being a student can be a stressful time.                      

Fitting in, deadlines for coursework and exam stress can all take their toll on your mental health.  This may be the first time you have lived in a city or had to do things for yourself.  

International students may also have to deal with homesickness, culture shock and a lot more language to learn.  Visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website for translated leaflets.

1 in 4 people have a mental health problem at some time in their life.  Several famous faces have been open about their mental health problems such as Stephen Fry, Gok Wan and Marcus Trescothick. Visit the Time to Change website which aims to challenge stigma and discrimination around mental health.       

You may have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Visit Rethink or MIND's websites for more information and support.

Read on for general advice and support or follow these quick links:

Staying mentally well

There are lots of things that you can do to stay mentally healthy and help you cope when you have a bad day:

  • Exercise or a walk can burn off stress and anxiety and help to lift your mood.  It’s also great for getting a good night’s sleep. 
  • Getting outside into some green space can produce feelings of wellbeing.  See the MIND website for the evidence. 
  • Relax by taking a break, having a bath or doing some meditation. The Be Mindful website has information on meditation and free online courses.
  • Meet friends, play music or join a club.  There are over 200 clubs or societies to search on the Students' Union website.
  • Volunteering can be good for your mental health as well as your CV.  
  • Eat regular healthy meals including fruit and vegetables.  Try to cut down on fatty, salty and sugary foods. The BBC good food website has more information on healthy eating to boost brainpower.
  • Alcohol and drugs tend to make problems worse. Visit the Last Orders website if you need help or information on alcohol.

Problems with money, housing or your course? 

 These can be a common cause of   worry.                 

  • Student Services Centres can give a range of support including academic, financial, disability, IT and student fees information and support. 
  • For international students there is a Support Services Team in the International Office. See the International Office webpages for more information.   
  • The Student Advice and Representation Centre (SARC), at the Students’ Union give free and impartial advice on any number of issues, including housing, welfare and consumer problems.  Visit the SARC website for more details. 




Getting help

If you are feeling that you need help or advice, talking it over can really help.                                                 

Some people find that attending a workshop or group works for them.

 Options are:

  • Your GP (it is important to register with a Nottingham GP) who will be able to look at treatment options or referral to specialist services if appropriate.                                                                                                      
  • A number of services provide access to talking therapies for people feeling low, anxious or stressed.  Visit the NHS Nottingham mental health services webpage for more details. 
  • The University Counselling Service  offers a free and confidential service for staff and students. This includes one–to-one appointments, group therapy and workshops, plus a range of booklets.  Visit the University Counselling Service webpages
  • Your personal tutor
  • Nightline is an anonymous listening and information service run by students for students.                          Open from 7pm to 8am during term-time, you can call on 0115 951 4985 (14985 internal) or email