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Counselling & Mental Health Service

Welcome to the University of Bradford’s Counselling & Mental Health Advice Service.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of skilled and experienced counsellors and mental health advisors who understand how mental health issues can affect your studies, work, and life.

We provide free and confidential counselling, mental health advice, self-help resources, and workshops for student and staff of the University of Bradford. We also provide counselling for students of Bradford College.

We are completely independent of your academic studies or workplace and do not share information with staff in these areas.

Our counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Counselling & Mental Health Service is providing telephone support to students and staff until social distancing rules are changed. 

During this period, we apprediate that some people may need extra support with their mental health, and issues relating to domestic violence and abuse. 

You can find out more information on our Students, coronavirus (COVID-19) and counselling page.

For practical advice on looking after your mental health during this period, please visit the  University of Bradford Wellbeing page and Student Minds and Mind websites.  

Please check the University's Coronavirus page for continuing updates.

Asking for help can feel like a big step!   

It may be the first time you have considered counselling or mental health advice, or you may have accessed support like this in the past.  Either way, we understand how hard it can be to ask for help and want to reassure you that we are here to support you and that you are not alone 

This was my first experience of counselling, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I felt comfortable straight away and was able to express my feelings properly. This really helped me and I would recommend the service to others.

Register with us

The first step is to complete one of our registration forms  

These forms capture basic information about you, the issues you are struggling with, and the support you are looking for. This includes a questionnaire that helps us gauge the impact your issues are having on your wellbeing.

Once we receive your completed form, we will contact you with an appointment within 2 working days. 

If you need support completing this form, please call 01274 235 750 and a member of the MyBradford Team will help you. 

If you require a more immediate response, please email or or call 01275 235 750 and your details will be forwarded to a member of the Counselling and Mental Health Service.   

For a brief session with a Counsellor or Mental Health Advisor without the need to book an appointment, please attend a Drop-in appointment. We offer Drop-ins at 13:45 and 14:15 every weekday in term-time.  These appointments are allocated on a 'first come, first served basis'.   

If you are in a crisis situation, please visit our Help in a Crisis page

In the meantime, consider…

  • Informing your Personal Tutor or Programme Administrator about your difficulties.
  • Contacting your GP, especially if you are experiencing low mood, anxiety or have any worrying physical symptoms.
  • Visiting our website for self-help information and details of other sources of support.
  • The UBU Help Centre also has lots of helpful information.
  • The Counselling Service runs a weekday daily drop-in during term time at 1.45pm and 2.15pm, no appointment needed.

Help in a crisis

If you need help now:

  • contact your own GP (doctor)
  • in a mental health crisis, call Bradford NHS First Response 01274 221181.  A telecoach will answer and quickly assess your needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • call NHS choices 111 or visit their website NHS 111 service
  • call the Samaritans (24 hour national helpline) 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website
  • text Shout to 85258 - free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis 
  • University security: (01274 23) 8888 or non-emergency 6999
  • College security: 01274 433090 or in an emergency dial 555 from a college phone
  • Download SafeZone to your mobile phone to request help and alert University of Bradford security staff
  • I’m concerned about domestic and sexual abuse or forced marriage - what can I do?
    • If you are in danger and are able to talk, dial “999” to speak with an operator.

    • If you are in danger and are unable to talk or signal your call is an emergency, dial “999 55” to be put through to the police, otherwise your call may be terminated. To ascertain your situation and location, the police may ask questions that can be answered by tapping your phone.

      The police may not be able to trace your call. Calls from a landline phone are linked to an address, however, calls from mobiles will only show your general location.

  • Contact the Student Life Team for informaiton and advice about financial issues:  email or call 01274 236504.
  • Please look through our Self-Help page for more information, advice, and support relating to these and other issues. 

If you are worried about a friend or house mate please attend a drop-in appointment with a Mental Health Adviser. Drop-in appointments are available daily during term time at 1:45 and 2:15. Alternatively, contact:


Please also contact us if you need to speak with someone following an extreme mental health event with a student or staff member.

Contact and find us

University of Bradford Counselling & Mental Health Service

Student Central Level 01

J. B. Priestley Building

University of Bradford



01274 235 750

Meet the team