Coming to University is exciting and a great adventure, but making new friends, settling into a new place and preparing for exams can be challenging. It's therefore no surprise that many students experience mental health issues during their time at university.
If at any point you feel that you are struggling, UCL and the Students' Union are here to support you. Below you can find a list of both UCL and external support services, plus a few apps which you also may find helpful for looking after your mental health.
UCL's Student Support and Wellbeing Team
The Student Support and Wellbeing team are always available to help you throughout your time at UCL. Whether through counselling or at a drop-in session or appointment, UCL's professional staff can provide you with advice and support on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing subjects to help you get the most out of student life.
UCL's Student Psychological and Counselling Services
UCL's Student Psychological and Counselling Services team is dedicated to helping students with personal, emotional and psychological concerns. They provide free short-term counselling, single session therapy, psychiatric support and group workshops.
UCL works in partnership with Care First to provide you with telephone and online counselling support. Care First counsellors, who are all professionally qualified and accredited by the BACP, are available from Monday to Friday 5pm to 9am, and for 24 hours during weekends, bank holidays and UCL closure periods.
NHS England have a wealth of information on looking after your body and mind. You can also talk to your GP or call an NHS urgent mental health helpline if you are in need of support.
Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health.
If you're having a difficult time, or worrying about someone else who you think needs support, the Samaritans can help. They offer both a 24 hour confidential telephone support service and an email service for anyone who is struggling to cope and wanting to speak to someone about it.
London Nightline is an anonymous listening and information service run by students in London, for students in London. They are open from 6pm to 2am every night of term.
iCope is a NHS service for people living or registered with a GP in Camden or Islington. They offer assessments and treatment for a range of issues including anxiety, depression and stress.
As one of the leading student mental health charities within the UK, Student Minds aims to empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
Young Minds helps support children and young people with their mental health, empowering them where possible. They've got lots of useful articles and resources including one on what to do if you're anxious about Covid-19.
Student Space helps students find the support they need during the Covid-19 pandemic. On their website, you can explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help with the challenges of student life at this time.
Good Thinking provides digital mental wellbeing support for London. This includes free NHS-approved apps to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and poor sleep. They are regularly adding new resources so it's worth checking back to see what's new.
Muslim Youth Helpline
MHY offer faith and culturally sensitive support by phone, live chat, Whatsapp or email. They are available to offer non-judgemental, confidential support 7 days a week, 365 days a year including bank holidays and Eid.
The Brandon Centre is a place for young people to get help with personal problems from professionally trained counsellors. The counselling and psychotherapy service is free and confidential to use, and open to all 16-24 year-olds who live in the boroughs of Camden or Islington.
Useful apps to support mental health
The free WellMind app from the NHS that provides advice and tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing. The app allows you to monitor moods, get crisis help and use relaxation audio tracks.
Developed by Expert Self Care, the Student Health App provides easy access to a wealth of information on mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health and other subjects. This app provides information tailored to UCL students.
Helping with mindfulness, Headspace guides you through exercises, activities and meditation to help you get happier and healthier. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Just a few minutes a day might make all the difference for you.