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.

Urgent help

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. 

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.

Use Big White Wall

Report and Support

We believe that bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, assault and discrimination are not acceptable.

Find out more about our Report and Support tool

Our whole-institution approach

Find out more about our work to introduce enhanced wellbeing and mental health support across the University.

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