Wellbeing Support and Counselling

Get support from Student Space when UCSD is closed

Student Space is a student wellbeing platform

Explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help you with the challenges of student life: studentspace.org.uk.

Free, confidential support with a trained advisor is available via phone, email, text and webchat:

  • Phone 0808 1895 260 between 3pm and 12am everyday
  • Email [email protected]
  • Text ‘STUDENT’ to 85258 (available 24/7)
  • Start a webchat at studentspace.org.uk from 4pm to 11pm everyday

Our friendly Wellbeing team are on hand to support your mental health and wellbeing needs, and help you reach your potential here at UCSD.

The team offers regular support to help you adjust to and manage student life, stay positive and motivated, encourage you to continue with your studies, and manage the unexpected.

In summary, the team are on hand to support you with the following: 

  • Emotional / Pastoral Support  
  • Signposting you to external agencies 
  • Supporting you through a ‘Fitness to Study’

Request support or get in touch for a conversation about how we can best support you.

Counselling Service

Counselling may be offered if you are experiencing or struggling with issues which impact on your ability to focus on your studies. Referrals to our dedicated Higher Education Counsellor are made via the Support and Wellbeing team.

The counsellor will meet and talk with you and, if you both agree that it will be helpful for you to engage in some sessions, will meet with you to work on techniques and strategies which may help you to be able to focus on your academic and university life.  The counsellor uses an integrative approach, ensuring that you work together to find out what works best for you.

If your needs are more complex and require a specialist or long-term approach, the Support and Wellbeing team or Higher Education Counsellor can direct you towards more appropriate services in the community, including the NHS.

Higher Education Therapy Garden

Our Higher Education Therapy Garden opened in 2019, and is a place where you can escape to for some peace and relaxation.


There are a number of external organisations that provide dedicated information, support and self-help resources for mental health and wellbeing.

Our Wellbeing self-help page shares details of self-help support, covering areas including:

  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction Support
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Suicidal Feelings
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Sleep
  • Sexual Health