Wellbeing Support and Counselling

COVID-19 update

The Support and Wellbeing team are now delivering services remotely. To request support or for queries relating to Disability and/or Wellbeing, please contact Sandy on 07720 213429 or email [email protected].

Include within our self-help resources below is a link to Student Space, a new student wellbeing platform developed to make it easier for university students to find the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic. Access dedicated support by phone or text, browse information and tools to help you through the challenges of coronavirus and find what support is available to you at UCSD.

Our friendly Support and 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’

Contact Support and Wellbeing

Get in touch to ask for support, or for a conversation about how we can best support you.

Email [email protected], phone 01803 540547 or drop-in to the Student Support Hub for a friendly chat with a member of our team.

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