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Counselling & Mental Health

Welcome to the Counselling & Mental Health 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, a 24 hour helplineself-help resources, and workshops for student and staff of the University of Bradford. We also provide counselling for students of Bradford College. 

We work in partnership with the local NHS MyWellbeing IAPT Service that provides a range of online support options for students and staff of the University.

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

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

Opening Hours over the Winter Holidays

The Counselling and Mental Health Service will be closed from Thursday 23rd December at 4.30pm, and will re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.  Whilst we are closed here are some resources you can use:  


If you are IN IMMEDIATE CRISIS do the following:  


  • Call FIRST RESPONSE 0800 952 1181 (for mental health support 24/7) 
  • Call University Security 01274 238888 (if you are on campus) 
  • Text ‘Shout’ to 85258 (mental health support 24/7 org) 
  • Call NHS 111 (physical health concerns 24/7) 
  • Call Police 999 (if you are in danger. Call 999 55 if you are in danger and unable to talk, the police may ask questions that can be answered by tapping your phone)  


If you are FEELING ISOLATED, DOWN, ANXIOUS, LONELY – whatever comes up over the two weeks – there are services you can reach out to electronically or by phone:  


Health Assured - free 24-hour confidential helpline and app available (University of Bradford students only) 

0800 028 3766 

  • Your call will be handled by an experienced therapist or advisor, who will offer support in a friendly, non-judgemental manner.


My Healthy Advantage App 

  • You can also download the 'My Healthy Advantage' app on your device.
  • You will need to enter the University of Bradford’s unique code - MHA189941 - when prompted.   

UOB App  

  • You can download the UoB Well app. An app designed by students for students to support you with your mental health


Student Space - This is a service run by Student Minds. They offer phone, text, email and webchat support. They also offer advice and information on studying during coronavirus, mental health and wellbeing, friendships and social life, grief and loss. 


Qwell- Instant Messaging Service - This service offers anonymous online emotional support including instant messaging, counselling sessions and discussion board. Provides access to personal tools to manage your wellbeing alongside helpful articles and tips. 


Samaritans - Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


Mind in Bradford– a selection of support on offer from Mind  


  • Guideline (12pm until 12am) Call: 08001 884 884 – mental health telephone support service for those living in Bradford, Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale areas  
  • Guideline live chat - Guide-Line live chat an online mental health support service for people of all ages who live in the Bradford and Craven districts. The live chat is open between 3pm – 8pm every day  
  • The Sanctuary Crisis Support Service- The Sanctuary provides support for people aged 16+ in the Bradford and Craven districts who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Referral is through First Response on 01274 22 11 81. Support is currently offered over the phone and via limited sessions in person, because of public health restrictions. 
  • Walk and talk wellbeing walking group, Arts and crafts wellbeing group, Qi gong gentle exercise, community football and tribal drumming, yoga, mixed peer support.  A broad range of activities available – see “what’s on” at Contact 01274 730815 or to book your place 


Domestic abuse and sexual violence  



University of Bradford Union - social events, advice and support. 

Bereavement Support Group  



Bradford Council  


Things to do  


  • Art in the Park - Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford’s own collections. Lister Park, North Park Road, Bradford, BD9 4NS – free entry 
  • Virtually explore Bradford- Includes aerial footage of Bradford, virtual inside tour of Cliffe Castle, explore the collection of The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford Cathedral, and inside the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth. 
  • Bradford library – join for free and access thousands of online books  
  • NHS fitness studio– access free NHS fitness studio exercise videos  
  • What’s on in Bradford


Faith resources  



How to access our service

  1. Please register by using one of the buttons below. 
  2. We will offer you a 25 minute Intake Appointment to discuss your needs. 
  3. We will refer you for further support as appropriate.  

Whilst you wait for an appointment, please consider...

  • Informing your Personal Tutor, Programme Administrator, or Line Manager about your difficulties.
  • Contacting your GP, especially if you are experiencing low mood, anxiety or have any worrying physical symptoms.
  • Calling Health Assured's 24/7 helpline on 0800 028 3766
  • Visiting our self-help page or UBU Help Centre.  


Please also refer to the advice, information and guidance available from: 

Contact and find us

University of Bradford Counselling & Mental Health Service
Student Central Level 00
J. B. Priestley Building
University of Bradford

Tel: +44 (0)1274 235 750


Meet the team