Mental Health

If you are struggling with your mental health, there is support available for you. Many students come to University with existing mental health conditions, while others start to experiences issues during their studies. It is estimated that more than 1 in 3 people are affected by mental health problems each year; you are not alone. 

If you feel you need support with your mental health, we can advise you on what is available to you. We understand that sometimes it can be hard to contact us, so here are some resources and services that may be helpful. Remember you can also contact your GP. 

Stressbuster Sessions

The SU work with a number of clubs to deliver and promote stressbuster sessions throughout the year. These are fantastic opportunities for students to relax and de-stress in a safe, active and fun atmosphere. Active health is an important area of work for University of Edinburgh Sport and we want our students and staff to be aware of these sessions to support their physical, mental and social health.

  • Find out more HERE.

Mental health crisis 

If you are having a mental health crisis and need support right now, you can call: 


Private counselling 


  • Samaritans - call 116 123,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Nightline - call 0131 557 444, 8pm-8am, every day during semester time  
  • Anxiety UK - call 03444 775 774, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm 
  • Breathing Space - call 0800 83 85 87, Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Mon 6pm-6am 
  • No Panic - call 0300 772 9844, 10am-10pm. During the night hours a recorded breathing exercise called the crisis message that can help you through a panic attack is played. You can access this crisis message 24hrs a day by calling 01952 680835. 
  • SANEline - call 0300 304 7000, 4:30pm-10:30pm. 
  • Amina MWRC - A Helpline Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm for any Muslim-identified and BME women. You can access this free helpline by calling 0808 801 0301.  

Online resources 

  • Togetherall - An online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a peer support community monitored by mental health professionals. This is free for anyone with an email address. 
  • Feeling Good App - The Foundation for Positive Mental Health is working with the University of Edinburgh to provide free access to the Feeling Good App - an evidence based self-help programme 
  • Calm - A male suicide prevention charity. Call 0800 58 58 58, 5pm-12am. 
  • Bipolar UK - support for people effected by Bipolar disorder 
  • OCD UK - support for people with lived experience of OCD 

As always, if you have any questions or would like our help or support with any of the above, please get in touch.


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