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World Mental Health Day: The University Counselling Services
World Mental Health Day is just around the corner and it’s really important to us at Smoke Radio that students know what to do when they need help. As a student it’s essential to know that the University can and will provide support for your mental health.
The University of Westminster Counselling Services
The University website has a page dedicated to counselling services here.
The University has professionally trained counsellors to help students from many different backgrounds and cultures. They are happy to talk to you about anything that’s bothering you. This could be an inability to study, poor concentration and depression, to relationship problems and bereavement.
All counselling sessions are confidential – their code of practice on confidentiality and data protection is linked here.
To access the counselling services, you’ll need to register using the form below:
Counselling registration form
The counselling services also offer help for urgent or crisis situations. A duty counsellor is always available by phone between 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, however you can find sources outside these hours below:
Crisis and Urgent Support Leaflet
If you’d prefer help outside of the University, there is a list of some support hotlines below.
• To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone),email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit some branches in person.
• If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
• If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website.
• If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email email@example.com or text 07786 209 697.
• If you identify as male, you can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) or use their webchat service.
• If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email firstname.lastname@example.org or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
For more options, visit the Helplines Partnership website for a directory of UK helplines. Mind’s Infoline can also help you find services that can support you. If you’re outside the UK, befrienders.org lists emotional support helplines around the world.
*All information from the Mind website.
More articles will be coming from Smoke Radio to raise awareness and share information around World Mental Health Day.