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 Disorders: More info
Specialist Alcohol and Drug Support Services such as Forward Leeds:
Mind :More info
You can book an appointment with us on the following link:
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
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.