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Student Guide

Mental health

Studying at University comes with its challenges and can be stressful at times.

Here’s some advice and support services which can help you look after your mental health.

Tips for looking after your mental health

  • Get active – research shows that regular exercise reduces anxiety, lifts your mood and improves self-esteem and concentration. Read our get active webpages for gym discounts, exercise tips and more.
  • Rest – getting too little or not enough sleep seriously affects your mood and mental health. Try to aim for seven to eight hours a night.
  • Relax – find that thing that helps you chill-out and make time for it. Check out our wellbeing map for places you can relax on the Canterbury campus.  
  • Friends and hobbies – find time to meet and make friends. Speaking to your friends about worries and concerns can also help reduce anxiety.
  • Food and drink – eating well and not drinking too much can seriously boost your mood. See our eating well webpages for recipes and tips.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs – these can really damage your mental health as well as your physical health. Read more on our alcohol and drugs webpage.


Get support

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, can’t sleep, not eating or over-eating, feeling out of control or suicidal then you should seek help.

We have a specialist and experienced team of practitioners who can offer mental health advice and support. Contact our Wellbeing Team.

From Friday - Saturday during term-time, you can call Nightline and speak to a trained student volunteer about anything that may be troubling you. Student volunteers are on hand throughout the night (20.00 - 08.00) if you just need someone to listen. Read more about Canterbury Nightline.

You can also get mental health support online via Big White Wall. So you can get the support you need 24/7, from wherever you are.

Emergency support

If you feel you need urgent support, our Wellbeing Team runs weekly crisis drop-in sessions. You can also go to the University Medical Centre or Nursing Service. Alternatively you can call NHS 111 or Samaritans.


Struggling with an eating disorder?

If you have eating disorder or body image concerns you can go to Beat for helpful information and advice. Our Student Support and Wellbeing Team are also on hand to help.

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