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Mental Health


Studying and living at university can be stressful for many students, and it is very common for students to struggle with their mental health. Most commonly this is anxiety and/or depression, but can sometimes be other forms of mental ill-health.

Recognising problems early and seeking support quickly are a major factor when effectively managing your mental health.

At the SU Advice service, we have staff who are experienced in supporting students that are beginning to struggle with their mental health. We encourage you to visit us if you have any worries, and may need to talk to someone.


What to expect from us

A major part of students seeing us about mental health is for us to fully understand your situation, and (if needed) signpost you to the appropriate clinical services in the local area.

Some common services used by our students:

Your local GP

Eating Disorder Services in Leeds such as Beat Eating DisordersMore info 

Specialist Alcohol and Drug Support Services such as Forward Leeds: More info

Mind :More info

Leeds Nightline: More info


What to expect from your GP

In almost all cases of seeking support for your mental health, your GP will clinically assess you and then decide on the best course of support for you. In most cases, your GP will feel happy to support you, but they sometimes may recommend that you seek more specialist support. This can often include a referral to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy teams in Leeds.


Registering with a GP Practice

Registering with a GP whilst at university is essential.

If you live at home during your studies, you will not need to register with a local GP as you can only register with one GP Practice at a time.


For students living in halls or rented accommodation, the best way to register with a local GP is to click on  More info


If you are feeling suicidal during university working hours, you can visit the Students’ Union and Student Support.

For outside of working hours, you can ring The Samaritans on 0113 245 6789 (Until 9:00 PM)

If these options are not available to you, you should call the emergency services on 999.

There are a number of services available to students who feel they are suffering with mental health issues.

SU Advice is a common first point of call, as is Student Support. The university also offers a Counselling Service, and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team is opening shortly

You can book an appointment with Matt Nunnerley (Student Adviser) at

Seeing your GP about any concerns around your mental health is usually the effective method of accessing specialist mental health support in Leeds.


If you are experiencing personal, emotional or psychological issues which are impacting on your mental health, you may wish to access the universities counselling and wellbeing services.

Some of the most common things that students go to counsellors to address are:

  • academic problems, including loss of motivation
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • depression
  • difficulties with sexuality
  • eating disorders
  • loneliness, or homesickness
  • low, or lost, self- confidence
  • sexual problems
  • stress.

If you wish to speak to a counsellor, you should speak to Student Support.


This is a student-led, confidential listening service which offers emotional supper and information for students in Leeds.

Contact: 0113 3801285.

The line is available 8pm-8am.


This service is a 24 hour telephone line for people experiencing immediate distress and trained operators are available to talk to.

Contact: 0113 2456789.

Sexual Health


Some people have sex, some don’t. Some choose to wait, some don’t. It’s your body and so entirely your choice, and whatever you choose is fine. The important thing is that you should only have sex if you feel that you’re comfortable and ready to have it.

If you do choose to have sex, that’s fine – just remember that you owe it to both yourself and your partner to be safe.

Condoms are probably the easiest form of contraception to access, and are the only form of contraception (except for abstinence) that can protect you against Sexually Transmitted Infections as well as unwanted pregnancy. Condoms come in different types, sizes and even flavours.

Good quality condoms, in general, are around 98-99% effective, but again effectiveness relies upon them being applied/used correctly. Using a good water-based lube (lubricant) can also both heighten the sensation and, more importantly, reduce friction and reduce the chances of the condom breaking. NB always use a water-based lube, NOT an oil-based lube. You can pick up free condoms and water-based lube from SU Advice confidentially.

For more information about condoms, including the different kinds available and how to safely & correctly use them, visit SU advice.

The Student's Union has a full sexual health service. We provide:

  • A wide variety of condoms and lube.
  • STI testing kits (which can be anonymous).
  • Dental dams.
  • Pregnancy testing kits (with immediate results)

We are a registered 3 in 1 centre, and can issue you with a CCard that enables you to access all sexual health clinics in Leeds for free.

Yorkshire MESMAC provides counselling, consultation, condoms and lubricant, HIV testing and many more services in Leeds and surrounding Yorkshire areas. The clinic is run for LGBT+/Trans/Non-binary people but the website is open to all.

Leeds Sexual Health lists all of the free sexual health services available in Leeds.

The Leeds Centre for Sexual Health/GUM (NHS Service)
– Available to all ages
Specialises in providing sexual health services, including the investigation and treatment of all sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. Provides sexual health advice, information, education and counselling available. Confidential service.
The Centre for Sexual Health, Merrion Centre -1st Floor, 50 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8NG
Tel: 0113 392 0333

Marie Stopes International Leeds Centre
Contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, vasectomy, Chlamydia testing, Well Woman screening, Well Man screening, Company Health screening, cervical cancer vaccination
45 Barrack Road, Leeds, LS7 4AB
24-hour helpline: 0845 300 8090

British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Abortion care, emergency contraception, free pregnancy testing and vasectomy services.
3rd Floor, 7 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY
Tel: 0345 730 4030 (24 hours)
You can also pick up free condoms and find information on local services and CASH Clinics (Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics) and from the Leeds Beckett Students' Union Advice Service on the first floor of the Student Union Building, Civic Quarter.

You can take emergency contraception up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

If you need emergency contraception and are under 25 you can get this for free from some pharmacies in Leeds. If you are over 25 and go to a pharmacy for emergency contraception you may have to pay for it.

However, anyone can obtain free emergency contraception from their GP or from their local CASH Clinic.


Your SU Advice opening hours are 09:00 to 17:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also book an appointment online at

As we are not on campus yet, please contact or call on 0113 4673949, and we can make an appointment for you.

We are now offering an appointment based service for cases that may need more planning and support. If you feel that you have an urgent and more complex issue, please call us to book an appointment.

You have a right to see any data that we store on you, and further information can be found at


Office Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Registered Office: Leeds Trinity Students' Union, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD
Registered Charity Number: 1184182

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