Free mental health and wellbeing services available during lockdown

11 November 2020

During lockdown, there may be times when you need a little more support than usual. There are a number of charities, organisations and apps that are now offering a range of services free of charge to help you through this time.

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Here is a selection of free mental health resources worth taking a look at:

The Help Hub

The Help Hub are offering support to anyone who finds themselves struggling emotionally due to COVID-19. They offer free 20-minute video or phone calls with a volunteer licensed therapist, and you can book an appointment on the The Help Hub website.

NHS Every Mind Matters

The NHS’s mental health site offers a free personalised mind plan to look after your mental health based on the answers you give to a very short quiz assessing your sleep levels, anxiety and low mood. Take the Mind Plan quiz here.

Young Minds

The Young Minds charity has a free 24/7 crisis messenger available where you can text YM to 85258 and you will be able to contact a trained volunteer who will be able to help you with your mental health crisis. For more information about Young Minds visit their website.

The Wilderness Foundation

If you want to talk to someone about your worries and planning for the future, The Wilderness Foundation is offering free mentoring and coaching by DBS certified mentors and coaches. You can find more information on their website.

The Mix

The Mix has a special guide for university students during lockdown, as well as an online counselling service, a helpline you can call, and an online chat function. You can find more information about The Mix on their website.

The Hear Me app

The Hear Me app is free and will connect you with a trained listener if you want to talk to someone. The app is confidential and anonymous, operating 24 hours a day. Visit their website to find out more.


The Calm app has lots of dedicated resources you can use during lockdown including guided meditations, sleep stories, live streams and mindfulness activities. To find out more, visit the Calm website.


Headspace is currently offering a free pack of resources including meditations, sleep advice and movement exercises. You can also get free access to Headspace with a Spotify Premium for Students account. To find out more, visit the Headspace website.


Sanvello is an app that offers self-care, peer support, coaching and therapy. The free version of the app grants access to some of the app's features. For more information, visit the Sanvello website.

Updated by Student Support and Wellbeing, November 2020