Your health and wellbeing
Being at University can be exciting but there may be times when you struggle with the demands of studying or life in general. It can be difficult being away from your home, family and friends, but at Bristol, you are not on your own and there is always someone to talk to.
If you are feeling distressed and need immediate help:
- Contact your doctor's surgery and request an emergency appointment. If your surgery is not open, contact the NHS Out of Hours Service on 111 available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
- Call the Samaritans on 116 123 available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
- If you feel at immediate risk of harm to yourself, go straight to your nearest hospital Accident and Emergency department or call Emergency Services on 999.
- Call the Nightline service on 01179 266 266 available 8pm-8am, every night during term. Nightline is an anonymous service. Calls charged at your standard network rate.
- The Student Counselling Service does not offer emergency support but does have a list of local services which may be able to help. The list includes services open 24 hours.
Support over the summer
Staying in Bristol over the Summer? Whether you're staying to study, for a summer job, or because you want to experience Bristol in the sunnier months - here's a list of what's available to support you on campus over the summer.
Your Support Services
If you're not feeling great, we have a range of services available to support you.
Look after yourself
Looking after yourself is essential for a happy and productive student life. Find out how you can keep well.
Help someone else
If you are concerned or worried about someone else, find out how you can help.
- Where to get study help
- Extenuating circumstances
- Make an academic appeal
- Suspend your studies
- Apply for religious observance
- Make a complaint
Student life issues
- Course concerns
- Money worries
- Housing concerns
- Homesick and lonely
- Personal and relationship issues
- Personal safety
Working or studying away
- Find out what support is available to you while you are studying or working abroad or on a work placement in the UK
Religious and spiritual support
- Our support
- Services for you
Dealing with unhealthy habits
Find out what help is available for:
- Substance abuse
- Eating or sleeping disorders
- Or other unhealthy habits.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.
The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.
- Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
- Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
- Set goals and track progress
- Access articles, videos and online courses.
Report and Support
We believe that bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, assault and discrimination are not acceptable.
Our whole-institution approach
Find out more about our work to introduce enhanced wellbeing and mental health support across the University.