Mental Health Difficulties
Advice and support is available to students with mental health difficulties. Whether you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition or other mental health difficulty such as anxiety or depression, or whether you are concerned about the impact that your mental health is having on your studies, we encourage you to contact us at Student Disability Services.
A wide range of support is available to students through the disability service including:
- Drop-in sessions to meet with a Disability Adviser – Mondays and Wednesdays, 2pm - 4pm
- Advice on how to access local psychological and psychiatric services
- Support applying for special exam arrangements – such as smaller venues for examinations, additional time, or rest breaks
- Advice and guidance, for both you and your department, about the potential impact of your mental health difficulty on your studies and how this can be accommodated
- Liaison with Student Accommodation about specific requirements or difficulties arising from your condition
- Access to the Student Enabling IT (SEnIT) Suite
The information here is not applicable to EU and International Students. Please see the Funding for International Students page for further information.
To access a range of additional services, UK students will need to apply for additional funding through Disabled Students’ Allowance. Depending on your needs, these services could include:
- A full assessment of your academic support needs carried out at an accredited assessment centre
- Computer equipment and specialised software for you to own
- One-to-one support from a mentor to assist with planning and managing your studies
Please see the Disabled Students’ Allowance page for further information.
Student Funding Welfare Team
Students can contact the Student Funding Welfare Team for advice and guidance on the other forms of financial support available to disabled students:
Specialist mental health mentoring is available at UCL, aimed at helping mitigate the impact of your mental health condition on your studies. For more detailed information please see the document below:
- Library Services - Information on accessing UCL's libraries and materials, including specialist services for students with a disability.
- Student Psychological Services - Provides counselling and other resources for students facing emotional and psychological problems.
- Ridgmount Practice - All students are advised to register with a local GP. Staff at the Ridgmount Practice are used to providing services for students and familiar with UCL systems and procedures.
- UCL Careers Service - Information on careers, internships, volunteering and current vacancies for UCL students.
- External Sources of Therapy and Support - This document contains recommendations for NHS, free, low-cost and private organisations offering therapeutic support.
- Workbooks - Self-help style resources covering a range of mental health issues, procrastination, low self-esteem etc.
- MIND - Mind have a range of information publications – some of which are available from Student Disability Services.
- Rethink - Rethink have a helpline providing advice and support on mental health issues.
- Nightline - Nightline provides a confidential helpline for students throughout term time. Nightline can be contacted by telephone, email, Skype calls and Skype instant messaging.
- University College Hospital A&E - University College Hospital’s accident and emergency department is right next to the main campus – 235 Euston Road NW1 2BU. Students in crisis outside of office hours should use this service.