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Wellbeing and mental health support for students

Coming to university for the first time, work, life or study - these can all bring pressures and stresses to our lives, and the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t made things any easier.

If you are finding things difficult, it is important to know that you do not have to struggle alone. We can help you find support wherever you are. 

Our University support services are available for you via telephone, email and through on campus appointments. We recognise that for many people Covid-19 has put a strain on our mental health and wellbeing but we want to reassure our students that there is a wealth of specialist support available to help you in any way you need. Below are some of these services and some helpful contacts.

We have a dedicated Counselling and Mental Health Service who can work with you and provide a confidential and safe place to talk and be heard. To arrange an appointment you can email counselling@bradford.ac.uk or mhadvice@bradford.ac.uk. For more information about this service, you can also visit the main website. We have a range of Self-help resources available which can be accessed any time of day or night here, and we run regular workshops to help improve your mental health, productivity and skills - more information about this is available here.

We also work in partnership with the local NHS Trust and have a MyWellbeingCollege partnership on campus. You can find out more about how this service can support you here.

The University of Bradford Chaplaincy Service are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and Faith Advisors and are available to offer support when you are finding university life challenging, you need time to think, or you need help in a time of crisis.

They are also always happy to provide a space for quiet reflection and to listen to your feelings. More information, including how to contact the team, is available here.

Remember, you also have a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who, as well as providing academic support, can provide advice and guidance, and signpost you to relevant support services at the University.

Mental health and wellbeing is also connected to our physical health, and sports and physical activity can boost your mood and help you connect with others. The University has a dedicated sports facility and there are a range of clubs and activities on offer. You find out more here.

External support

As well as the University support services, there are many local and national organisations that can provide support and guidance in relation to your mental health and wellbeing.

You can:

  • contact your own GP (doctor). If you are not registered our local medical practice is Bradford Student Health
  • call NHS choices 111 or visit their website NHS 111 online
  • call the Samaritans (24-hour national helpline) on 116 123, or visit the Samaritans website
  • text Shout to 85258 - giveusashout.org is a free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis
  • in a mental health crisis, call Bradford NHS First Response on 01274 221181. A telecoach will answer and quickly assess your needs, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week