There are many situations where it's appropriate to feel anger, and anger can sometimes be constructive. If you are angry because of a specific incident or situation, you may benefit from third-party mediation or advocacy support which you can seek from the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

Problems can arise when anger is inappropriately expressed or when this emotion becomes a dominant or persistent mindset. For some students, persistent anger could be a symptom of unhealthy stress, low mood or depression.

If you are having ongoing difficulties with anger then it's a good idea to seek help. It's always advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, especially if your daily functioning is affected. You should also let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties and these are affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of anger, the Student Wellbeing Service recommends the following self-help resources:

NHS Booklets on anger and other common difficulties

This page links to a series of booklets providing information and self-help activities to learn skills for common issues, including anger, alcohol, stress, low mood, and depression. These are also available as an mp3 download.

See the booklets

MIND leaflet

Brief MIND leaflet exploring how you can deal with your anger in a constructive and healthy way.

Read the leaflet

Mental Health Foundation Wellbeing podcasts

Free downloadable audio podcasts to help you relax, sleep and improve your general sense of wellbeing. They're designed to fit around your lifestyle and provide an introduction to the skills and techniques that can help you live a mentally healthier life.

Explore the podcasts

Students Against Depression

This self-help site offers information about how depression works and why it arises, along with step-by-step advice for self-help strategies. It also hosts stories and blogs by students who tell their own stories of low mood and depression and provide tips and advice for dealing with it.

Visit the website

Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.