The OfS cannot deal with individual cases from students relating to mental health or wellbeing. You should be able to get help from your university or college through its student support services. You can also find out about longer term support available through the NHS.
Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, offers lots of information on the support available while studying.
If you’re a student with a long-term illness, disability or a mental health issue, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). You won’t need to repay DSAs and you can get them on top of any other student finance you receive.
You may also be able to get other support through your higher education provider. Contact them directly to find out what’s available.
If you are seeking urgent support for yourself or a friend and need to speak to someone, there are services that can help:
- The Samaritans are open every day of the year. How to contact them
- Mind, the mental health charity offers support by phone or online
- Papyrus will provide confidential help and advice to young people thinking about suicide and anyone worried about a young person:
- Rape crisis service provides specialist support and services to women and girls who have experienced sexual violence
- Medical advice:
- If you need medical advice you can book an emergency GP appointment with your GP surgery.
- If you need urgent medical advice call the NHS 111 (England & Wales) or NHS 24 (Scotland) - T: 08454 242424
- If you need immediate medical help or attention call 999 or visit Accident & Emergency (A&E).