Emotional Support and Wellbeing

Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service (UCS) is only a five-minute cycle ride from the College. The counsellors there help many students who present with a wide variety of problems, for example issues related to work, identity, as well as personal and relationship problems. UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on their website.

Our College-based Counsellor is available on Mondays and Fridays from 09.00-17.00 in office SG5 on the main tutorial corridor, first floor of Bredon House. More details and how to apply for this service here.

Please let your College Tutor and/or the College Nurse know when things feel tough or if you need emotional support. Further support is available in College via the Peer2Peer scheme from students Franz Nowak and Talia Shmool.

Further Information

Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT)

First Response  - here is a useful video.

Nightline telephone 01223 367575, or network (7) 44444: a helpline run nightly from 19:00-08:00 by students for students during Full Term.

CAMEO is a group of mental health professionals who provide expert specialised care and support to people aged 17-35 experiencing a first episode of psychosis, helping them to take control, manage their mental health and enjoy life. They are happy for people to phone for a chat, and if their interventions won't help they will suggest other sources of help and care.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists produce online leaflets, containing useful and informative advice about a range of mental health problems.

Mind is a mental health information service for England and Wales. They provide information, support and understanding to help create a better life for those who experience mental distress. They have a huge number of really good leaflets and factsheets well worth looking at, which cover both very common and less common issues.

The Samaritans - telephone 01223 364455 (Cambridge Branch) for confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Always there for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. This is offered by telephone, email, letter and face-to-face.

PAPYRUS offers support to young people at risk of suicide, their parents and anyone concerned about a young person they know.

University Mental Health Adviser
To access the support of or be assessed by the Mental Health Advisers (MHAs), students with serious or enduring mental health problems need to be referred by College or University staff.

Eating Disorders helpline 08456 341414, help @b-eat.co.uk. beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association.

Embarrassing Problems - the website for all those questions you wanted to ask, but never quite got round to.

Student Minds Cambridge - student support guide.

The Kite Trust - provides free one-to-one support for LGBT+ young people under the age of 25.

Self Harm

In addition to the University and local support available for students struggling with this, the following national organisations are available:

Alcohol and Drug Misuse

To reduce the health risks associated with drinking alcohol, men and women are advised:

  • not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
  • to spread drinking alcohol over three days or more if consuming this much
  • to have a few alcohol-free days each week

Students with concerns about their own or someone else's drinking can call the free, Drinkline confidential helpline (number below).

Researchers define Binge Drinking as having at least 6 units in one session for women and 8 units in one session for men. The potential protection that alcohol provides against heart disease and other diseases is only significant for people aged about 40 and over. For more information about the effects of alcohol and binge drinking visit:

  • Drinkline for confidential help: 0800 917 8282 (open 24 hours)
  • Drinkaware
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Camquit - Cambridgeshire stop-smoking service
  • DAAT - the Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team provides information and treatment

Sexual Health

Lime Tree Clinic offers a full range of contraceptive methods, some of which may not be available from your GP, as well as testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy testing.

FPA (Family Planning Association)

Sex - worth talking about Straightforward information and advice to make it easier to discuss everything to do with sexual health

Student Advice Service Sexual Health Information

Sexwise Find help with contraception, STIs, sexual wellbeing and unplanned pregnancy.

Support in case of sexual violence

The College will treat any allegation seriously. If you have experienced harassment or sexual misconduct, as a first step please talk to your Tutor, in confidence.

Here are some further sources of help and support for cases of sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct (gender violence and/or harassment) includes serious sexual assault without consent. The University of Cambridge promotes zero tolerance of sexual misconduct.

Anonymous reporting of harassment and sexual assault

Further support is available from the University in the case of sexual misconduct. In addition, the Counselling Service has an advisor in sexual assault and harassment who you can contact, and self-help support.