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Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

The university offers confidential support and advice in a number of ways:

  • Information on how to access services provided by NHS and Social Services
  • Support for disabled students including some aspects of mental health
  • Counselling, psychotherapy, and mental health support service
  • Information for staff and students

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Service have produced a short leaflet on how to respond to a student in emotional distress. Although primarily aimed as a guide for staff, this could also be useful to students who may be concerned about a friend or peer.

Please note, staff who are having problems with health, mental health or wellbeing should contact Occupational Health.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Service incorporates Counselling, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Support, and DSA funded Mental Health Mentoring.

We are staffed by qualified and trainee Psychological Therapists and Mental Health Case Workers and offer appointments to students Monday - Friday. Appointments are available at various times and on various days at each campus, with some evening appointments. Workshops and Group Sessions are run at various times throughout the year.

We offer a range of support including, guided self-help, person-centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health support, or referrals to specialist services, etc. Your first appointment will usually be an assessment of your needs, and identifying your goals that you want to achieve.

Approximately 450 students last year (2016/17) sought some support from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, for a range of different issues. These typically include low mood, anxiety or stress, bereavement, homesickness, eating problems, abuse, relationship difficulties, self-esteem or low confidence, loneliness, hopelessness, etc. 

88% of students who have used our service would strongly recommend it to a friend.

Complete our online referral form - it should take less than 10 minutes.

Please note, you will need your Student number for the referral form to be processed. Only the University's Mental Health and Wellbeing Service have access to this referral form, no one from your academic department or any other department in the University have access to this referral form. We will then allocate you a member of the team to arrange an appointment with you. Do check your emails, as this is the initial method of contacting you.

With regards to how we manage your data and information you supply in the referral form, please see our GDPR Privacy Notice for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

You may want to consider some self-help support. There is a range of evidence based self-help books and other forms of self help support available to you. Click on this link for Self Help books and resources.

Brampton Road
need2talkbrampton@cumbria.ac.uk

Fusehill Street
need2talkfusehill@cumbria.ac.uk

Lancaster (and London)
need2talklancaster@cumbria.ac.uk

Ambleside
need2talkambleside@cumbria.ac.uk