Student health and welfare useful links and phone numbers

There is a whole world of support out there whenever you need it. For medical, health or welfare matters, take a look below for links and phone numbers to the groups and organisations who can offer help and advice.



NHS Direct

  • NHS Direct 0845 46 47 - stacks of health help, including a self-help guide, medical encyclopedia and a feature for finding your nearest doctors/dentist/opticians/pharmacy.
  • NHS 24 0845 424 2424 - health information and self-care advice for people in Scotland
  • NHS Direct Wales - health information for people in Wales
  • NHS England - make the most of your health and get the best out of the NHS in England
  • Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland


  • youthhealthtalk - real people talking about their emotional experience with illness


Sexual Health

  • Brook - Brook - sexual health and wellbeing for under 25s. Find advice, information or your nearest sexual health service
  • SH:24 - online webchat, sexual health advice, information and support.

Mental Health

Emotional Support

  • The Samaritans - 116 123 (UK + ROI) - provides confidential non-judgmental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Also a text service - 07725909090 and email: [email protected] - replies within 24 hours.
  • Nightline - Student-run helpline open throughout the night, providing confidential, non-judgmental and non-advisory support. Basically like an alternative to The Samaritans, geared towards students. Has branches in most major UK universities. Also has an IM and email service.
  • B-eat - eating disorder charity with a number of helplines, including one especially for young people who need support with eating disorder related problems

Information & Advice

  • Mind - 0845 766 0163 - information about mental illness
  • - here you will find symptoms, treatments, therapy and medication and ways of coping
  • Depression Alliance - general information and support on depression. Here you can share your story of mental illness, or read about others.
  • OCD UK - OCD info and support.
  • Rethink - helping people recover from mental illness.
  • SANE - mental health information and support via SANEline and SANEmail
  • Recover your life - this site offers support and advice for self-harmers. It also offers support for eating disorders and other mental health issues. As well as the main site with information about self-harm, there is also a forum and you can make your own online journal. The distractions forum has plenty of games to get you through those hard times.
  • National Self-Harm Network - this site also offers support and advice for self-harmers and their families. As well as providing information there is also a forum.
  • Victim Support - for those who have suffered abuse or rape, this site can provide support.

Drug Awareness


  • Victim Support - a national charity dedicated to helping victims of crime. You can call their national supportline on 0845 30 30 90 for a confidential conversation, or to get information about your local Victim Support service who will be able to assign you a volunteer to meet with you and talk further, if you'd like.
  • Rape Crisis - website has details of local rape crisis organisations