Student Psychological and Counselling Services
Our service is intended to provide free short-term counselling, single session therapy, psychiatric support and group workshops to help you manage a range of personal, emotional and psychological concerns. We are unable to provide support for long-term conditions or in the event of a crisis situation.
Support during lockdown
We recognise students may be facing additional mental health challenges due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Full support remains available from UCL. You can register for counselling with SPCS (Student Psychological and Counselling Services) and access self-help resources across the Student Support and Wellbeing site. You can also access same-day appointments with the DMHW (Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing) team. For more information read the summary of the support on offer in the 2020/21 academic year.
To make an appointment with Student Support and Wellbeing advisers or for any further enquiries you have or support you may need, access askUCL and a member of the team will get in contact with you.
We are running wellbeing events open to all students in partnership with Students' Union UCL.
Students struggling with their mental health at this time can also access support via the NHS and online resources from Public Health England, along with support from mental health charity Mind. Further sources of information and support are Every Mind Matters, and Young Minds for young people.
Waiting times for counselling
All students are triaged within 24 hours of registering with SPCS. During triaging, if we feel you may be at higher risk, we will contact you by phone, email and/or text.
Our current waiting time for an initial appointment after registering is two to three weeks. If we feel you are at higher risk, you will be prioritised and seen sooner.