Apps, online support and self-help
Expert advice recommended by our Student Wellbeing Service
The Student Wellbeing Service can help you overcome difficulties you might face at uni.
But you can also speak to and get help from the NHS, and organisations and charities specialising in mental health. We've also got a range of guides and resources on different topics that can help you navigate mental health, if you'd prefer to read them in your own time.
Mental health services and charities
If you'd like to contact local mental health services or wider support outside the university, these are good places to start:
- Mental Health Portsmouth - a starting point for finding help with your mental health locally, including accessing NHS services
- Kooth - free, safe, online, anonymous counselling and emotional support service for anyone aged up to 25. Access 1:1 text- based counselling sessions, 24/7 messaging service, forums, articles, journalling and goal setting features to help you take care of yourself.
- Talking Change - refer yourself to local NHS experts for talking therapies to help with issues like anxiety, depression and low mood
- Solent Mind provides a breadth of mental health and wellbeing services in Portsmouth, including one-to-one peer support, wellbeing groups, workshops and the online teaching of practical skills for living with ongoing symptoms at Solent Recovery College.
- Mind - a national charity supporting people with mental health
- Young Minds - a national charity offering mental health support for young people under 25
- SilverCloud - using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), these programmes are designed to help you improve and maintain your wellbeing.
Resources and guides
Guides and resources on different topics that can help you navigate mental health.
Drinking culture can seem to be a big part of student life, but drinking too much can lead to unsafe situations.
There are many situations where it's appropriate to feel anger, and anger can sometimes be constructive.
Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid about things that might happen.
Assertiveness means being able to stand up for your own or other people's rights in a calm and positive way.
Make the most of your time at University with this handy toolkit.
If you've been using mental health services before coming to university, let us know so that we can support you.
Low mood and depression are very common issues, affecting people at different times in their lives.
Disagreements in relationships are normal, but sometimes they can become a pattern of abuse.
Drug use can have a long-term effect and an unpredictable impact on your health.
New or ongoing family difficulties can impact on your studies and student experience.
Food can become a symptom, and sometimes a source, of emotional difficulties.
How to seek help if gambling is becoming problematic for you.
Feeling homesick when you're at university is a very common experience.
Experiencing the loss of someone important to us is a challenge that we all face at some time in our lives.
Increased mindfulness can help manage stress and maintain good mental health.
Everyone can experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours at times - but if you have OCD, these can be distressing.
Panic attacks are a type of fear response to danger, stress or excitement.
Setting yourself unrealistic or relentlessly high standards can cause you problems.
Putting off work can create stress and negatively affect your studies.
You can build confidence to tackle low self-esteem.
Learn skills to help you turn to more constructive coping strategies.
Sexual assault is when you experience any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity.
Get support for issues of sex, gender, sexuality and sexual orientation.
It's important to try to develop healthy routines, and sleep hygiene.
Stress is how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened.
If you've gone through very stressful or frightening events in your life, you may experience trauma.
Contact the Student Wellbeing Service
Access support and guidance from our friendly team of wellbeing advisers, counsellors and mental health advisers:
Or you can contact us via:
- +44 (0)23 9284 3466
- The Bateson Centre, The Mary Rose St, Portsmouth, PO1 2BL
- Find us on Instagram and Facebook
Worried about a student? Whether you're a friend, member of University staff, family member or medical professional you can raise a concern so our service can help.