The University Counselling Service is just a two-minute walk from Downing College. The counsellors there help many students who present with a wide variety of problems including (but not limited to):

  • issues related to work
  • identity issues
  • personal and relationship problems.

Appointments are usually made by completing an online 'pre-counselling form' which enables students to be placed with an appropriate counsellor as quickly as possible.

Students with serious or enduring mental health problems can be referred to the University Mental Health Adviser by College or University staff.

The First Response Service provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support. If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health you can now dial 111 and select option 2. First Response leaflet.

For students with Asperger’s, support groups run through the year from 1-2pm on Fridays in the Bridget Room at the Disability Resource Centre.

The CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. It is designed to make psychological or talking therapies more accessible to people experiencing common mental health problems. Self-refer online here.

Further Support

Nightline (previously Linkline) is a helpline run for students during full term between 7.00pm and 8.00am on 01223 367575.

Cameo is a group of mental health professionals who provide specialised care and support to people aged 17 - 65 experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Arts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety in Cambridge.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists produces online leaflets, containing useful and informative advice about a range of mental health problems.

Mind is a mental health information service for England and Wales. They provide information, support and understanding to help create a better life for those who experience mental distress. They have a huge number of resources covering both common and less common issues.

The Samaritans offer confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Those experiencing feelings of distress or despair can access their services via their website or on 01223 364455.

Papyrus offers support to young people at risk of suicide, their parents and anyone concerned about a young person they know.

Students with eating disorders can contact Beat, the Eating Disorders Association, either via the Beat website or by email. Their helpline number is 0845 634 1414.

CUSU have also arranged support and social groups to run through the year from 4.30-6pm on Wednesdays in the CUSU Conference Room.

The Mix offers support and advice for those who self-harm.

Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression, by providing support and increasing awareness / understanding.

The National Self Harm Network supports individuals who self-harm to reduce emotional distress and to improve their quality of life, as well as providing information for families and carers of individuals who self-harm.

Embarrassing Problems is the website for all those questions you wanted to ask, but never quite got round to.

Kooth: free, confidential counselling service, providing mental health self-help information and support online for people aged between 11 and 19.

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice about a wide range of mental health issues.