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Counselling & Mental Health Advice

Please register to access our service

The first step to accessing counselling or mental health advice is to complete our registration form by clicking on the relevant button below.

Once we receive your completed form, we will offer you a 25-minute Intake Appointment within 2 working days. 

  • If you need support completing this form, please call 01274 235 750 and a member of staff will help you. 
  • If you require a more immediate response, please email or or call 01274 235 750 and your details will be forwarded to a member of the Counselling and Mental Health Service.   
  • If you, or someone you know, are in a crisis situation, please visit our urgent help page.
  • If you have already registered this academic year and want to access more sessions, no need to register again, please email us at to ask for more support. 

Intake Appointments (25 mins)

If this is the first time that you have accessed counselling or mental health advice, or if you have not accessed our service within the last 6 months, you will be asked to attend an Intake Appointment.  

The purpose of this appointment is to: 

  • Discuss how you want the Counselling & Mental Health Service to help you
  • Get immediate support / strategies / resources
  • Determine if a referral for counselling or mental health advice is needed
  • Sign-post you to other services where relevant

If we are able to support you, we will contact you with an appointment. This will usually be within two weeks but at busy times, it may take longer.

We will send you a text reminder before every session.

Counselling for Students

  • We offer blocks of up to 4 sessions, usually on the same day and time each week.
  • Each session lasts for up to 50 minutes
  • You can access more than one block of 4 sessions per academic year.
  • If you and your Counsellor agree that you would benefit from more counselling, please get back in touch
  • To manage demand, we apply a break of at least 4 weeks between each block of sessions

Support for Care Experienced Students

The University has put together a package of support for Care Experienced Students.

Counselling for Staff

  • We offer one block of up to 6 sessions per academic year, usually on the same day and time each week
  • Each session lasts for up to 50 minutes
  • We provide consultation to offer staff support in dealing with situations that arise in the workplace.
  • Please contact us to discuss your individual or team requirements

Mental Health Advice

Mental Health Advisors can help students to access a range of support by plugging you in with key people and services from both within and outside the university.

With your consent, Mental Health Advisors can work with you and academics (e.g. personal academic tutors and module leaders) to ensure you are able to engage with fully with your studies.  We can also help you access external support to help you manage your mental health (e.g. your GP / doctor and other NHS Services). 

Mental Health Advisors can support students to complete a Learner Support Profile (LSP) which can enable students to get reasonable adjustments to help them succeed on their course.

  • LSPs can provide a range of reasonable adjustments including additional time in exams and assessment, flexibility around coursework deadlines and whole range of other support depending upon a student’s circumstances.  
  • In order to get support through a Learner Support Profile (LSP) you must provide evidence of your diagnosis of your mental health condition.  
  • Should you require additional time in exams or assessments we would advise that you complete your LSP at least four weeks prior to your exams

Mental Health Advisors can support students with a diagnosed mental health condition to apply for DSA which can provide a wide range of support to students in relation to their studies.

Mental Health Advisors can support students to complete a Placement Support Agreement (PSA) to help provide structure and support whilst on placement.

A Placement Support Agreement (PSA) is an agreement between the student, University and placement provider which sets out the framework of support available to you while on placement.  This may include: 

  • Regular meetings with your placement lead.
  • Changes to placement location or working hours.
  • Any other reasonable adjustments in placement practice to help you succeed where possible.

Mental Health Advisors provide and coordinate support to students who are in a mental health crisis. 

Sadly some students may have mental health crises while studying at the university.  Mental Health Advisors can support students in mental health crisis by arranging support from external services (e.g. NHS services) and through liaison with academic services when a student takes a break from studies due to ill health and to support transition back into their studies once recovered. 

The Service provides a safe space where feelings are validated & the opportunities are given to look at issues from different perspectives in order to find resolution. I found the Service very supportive & helpful.


Disability can mean different things to different people. Even if you don't think of yourself as a disabled person you may be entitled to additional support in relation to:

  • specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
  • autism
  • a long term health condition
  • a physical or sensory impairment

If you think any of these apply to you please contact the Disability Service

Registering with a GP (Doctor’s) Surgery 

  • All students at the University of Bradford are encouraged to register with a GP.
  • For safety reasons, we do ask for your GP details when you register with us. 
  • Your GP can advise about both physical and mental health issues and can prescribe medicine for you should you require it.  
  • If you are not registered with a GP, you can register with Bradford Student Health which is located very close to the University Campus.

NHS Bradford & Craven District Talking Therapies

We are working in partnership with the NHS Bradford & Craven District Talking Therapies service to offer guided self-help for students and staff* experiencing Anxiety or Depression.  

This involves working through a workbook tailored to your diagnosis and answering questionnaires to monitor your progress.

You will need to commit to fortnightly, 30-45 minute sessions with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to support you using the coping strategies developed on the course.

* You must be aged 16 or over and registered with a GP in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, or Craven.