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Coming to University is exciting, challenging and a great adventure.  While at University there may be times when students experience mental health problems. Making new friends, settling in a new place and preparing for exams are examples of situations that can be difficult to deal with.

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. That’s why, last year we decided that looking out for students’ mental health should be a top priotiy for the Union. This saw the launch of our student led Heads Up campaign which has two main focuses: to raise awareness of and destigmatise mental health on campus.

Students are encouraged to get help as soon as they need it, and especially if they think that their studies are being affected. The first thing to do is tell someone how you feel whether it’s a friend, family, doctor or your personal tutor.

Here at UCL

UCL Student Psychological Services

The Student Psychological Service is dedicated to helping UCL students with personal, emotional and psychological concerns.

Location: UCL Student Psychological Services, 3 Tavition Street, London, WC1H 0BT. Tel: 0207 679 1487

External sources of therapy and support

Care First
Tel - 0800 197 4510

A free telephone and online support for UCL students. Telephone service from Monday to Friday 5pm-9am. It is 24 hours at weekends, bank holidays and UCL closure periods. Qualified Care First counsellors provide guidance on a range of issues, from things happening at home to university life

Student Minds -UK’s student mental health charity.

We empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

Tel: 01865 264168


London Nightline is an independently registered charity (1015744) offering listening, support and information to higher education students by way of a confidential helpline.

Phone: 0207 631 0101


We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Tel: 020 8522 1725


24 hour confidential emotional support service. 

Tel: 116 123

Chinese Mental Health Association  (Chinese students)

CMHA now provide a diverse range of services with the aim of serving Chinese people who suffer from mental health related issues and problems.

Tel: 020 7613 1008

Muslim Youth Helpline

Confidential helpline and support for a wide range of issues including loneliness, depression, issues related to drug abuse and addiction, sexuality and family/friendship issues.

Tel: 0808 808 2008

Students Against Depression

Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who are better placed to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome.

Camden and Islington Psychological Therapies Service

Tel: 0203 317 6670

Free confidential therapy for students who are registered with a GP in Camden or Islington. At iCope we give you the time to talk. Our team offers evidence-based psychological therapies as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). We can help you learn ways to help yourself so that you feel more able to cope with your problems.

The Brandon Centre

26 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3LG
Tel - 0207 267 4792

12-24 years old living within Camden and 16-21 years old in Islington · Referrals and self-referrals for different types of therapy including psychotherapy and CBT

Women & Health

4 Carol Street, London NW1 0HU
Tel - 0207 482 2786
Support for women living in Camden. A short term service offering 6 to 12 free sessions

TAP - Team Around the Practice (partnership between Mind in Camden and Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust)

Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, London NW1 9LQ
Tel - 020 7911 0822
Offering individual and/or group sessions for over 18s, who are living in and accessing a GP in Camden. A social space to meet others and make friends in a supportive environment.

NHS Choices’ Moodzone

A great recourse to help tackle stress and anxiety. 


stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage

Time to Change

‘Lets end mental health discrimination’ - the Time to Change campaign aims to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and improve well-being.