- The provision of a library of self-help books to assist you to deal with common student difficulties, such as procrastination, exam stress, low self-esteem, etc.
- A one-off consultation session with a therapist to help you identify your emotional/psychological difficulties and decide how best to address them.
- A short course of time-limited psycho-dynamic counselling, time-limited cognitive behavioural therapy, or a personal development workshop to help you deal with issues of immediate concern.
- A psychiatric consultation to assess your current mental health and to determine whether you are developing a mental illness or whether an existing mental illness is deteriorating.
- A referral to other support services that can assist you in ways we cannot.
In this section...
You can find answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coming to university can be an exciting and rewarding time. However, it can also be a time of change and stress. This may lead to difficulties and dilemmas which affect your academic performance or social life. The Student Psychological Service is one of the university’s support services which are here to help.
- To one of our personal development groups.
- To one of our therapists for a course of time-limited psycho-dynamic counselling or Cognitive behavioural therapy.
- To one of our psychiatrists for a psychiatric assessment.
- To another external therapeutic service that can better meet your needs.
- Borrow one of our self-help books from the UCL Library .
- Look up the information on our support pages to begin thinking about your difficulties and how you might address them.
- Talk to a fellow student at Nightline on Tel: 0207 631 0101
- Talk to the Samaritans on Tel: 08457 90 90 90
- Visit one of the drop in sessions at the Gower Place General practice located at 3 Gower Place, London, WC1E 6BN. Walk in Surgery Times: Monday – Friday 9.30am to 10.30am 2.30pm to 3.30pm
- Visit your local Accident and Emergency department if you feel at risk of harming yourself.
Speak to a counsellor in general terms first in order to see how their Code of Ethics may apply to your particular situation.
Get yourself anonymous help through a telephone help-line, i.e., Nightline or Samaritans.
Please note that the Student Psychological Services will be closed over the Christmas break from 5pm on Tuesday the 23rd of December 2014, and will re-open as usual from 10am on Monday the 5th of January 2015. Registrations forms received during this period will not be reviewed until the morning of Monday the 5th of January 2015.
Should you require support during this period, please refer to the Emergency Links section above.Study Abroad
If you are a student currently abroad and you require emergency assistance please contact your travel insurance provider on the emergency number + 44 (0) 1273 400 850. For helpful information to assist you while you are abroad visit the Study Abroad website.Halls of Residence
Students staying in UCL halls of residence will be able to follow the usual lines and communications for support over Christmas. There will be a duty member of staff on call every day if you need any assistance, your hall noticeboard will have their contact details.Things To Do Over Christmas
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities for students over the Christmas period so don’t feel isolated, get out and get involved. Visit the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) website at http://uclu.org/services/volunteering-at-uclu/one-off-volunteering-programme for more information.
For details of the activities organised by UCLU visit the UCLU website.
International Students House is a charity dedicated to British and International Students in London. They have lots of events on over Christmas, including Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day. You can find information about all of their events on the ISH Events page.
There is a special Gala Christmas Lunch and afternoon of entertainment at the Marchmont Community Centre hosted for the centre’s Older People’s Group, volunteers and support staff. Visit the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) webpages for more information.
You can also volunteer with Crisis over the Christmas period. For more information visit their volunteering page.