The Student Wellbeing Team offers a free and confidential service aimed at providing you information, practical and therapeutic support to help you manage any difficulties you are experiencing.
About the Student Wellbeing Team
The Student Wellbeing Team is a multi-disciplinary team made up of counsellors, mental health practitioners, chaplains, and other practitioners who are all highly skilled and experienced in recognising how emotional and mental health difficulties can affect your time whilst at university. We offer a range of support to meet your individual needs and appointments are available at both campuses.
To arrange your first appointment with us, please complete our online registration form via MyHub. Following your registration you will be able to self-book a wellbeing initial consultation, which will give you the chance to talk about your concerns and identify what further support you may need. This may be counselling within the service, meeting a mental health worker for some short term advice and guidance or getting a range of tools, resources and information for you to help yourself.
If you are having difficulty registering with our service please email us at email@example.com with your username and contact details and we will contact you.
If you cannot wait for an appointment and feel you need to speak to someone more urgently please see our urgent support page for details of where to access immediate support.
All students who register with our service will be directed to book and initial consultation. This will provide a confidential space to talk, work through any concerns and identify practical steps to overcome any difficulties. This may include referral on for further support from the Wellbeing Team either from a Mental Health Practitioner or a Counsellor; referral/liaison with other areas in the University and/or external services; or referral to a range of self-help materials to help work through any problems you are experiencing. Initial Consultations are provided by all of our practitioners.
Mental health problems can range from the worries and anxieties we all experience as part of everyday life, to other longer term problems that affect our daily functioning. You can meet one of our experienced mental health practitioners for support, guidance, and advice, to manage any difficulties you are experiencing. You can learn positive coping strategies to enable you to better manage your mental health and wellbeing for work, life and study and ensure you get the right help that you need. A practitioner will help with resolving any academic concerns resulting from your mental health and refer/liaise with other relevant services internal and external to our University, to ensure your mental health needs are appropriately supported.
When you have something on your mind, counselling can provide a safe space to talk one to one with a trained and experienced counsellor who will listen to you, help you to make sense of what is happening, and explore options for change. Our Counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), for more information about our Counselling service please see our Counselling page.
- Leeds IAPT - Leeds Improving Access to Psychological Therapies provides psychological treatments, sometimes called talking therapies, to help people who are stressed, experiencing low mood (depression) or are very nervous and experiencing anxiety. Such treatments are offered in a number of venues across the city to those registered with a Leeds GP. You can self-refer by visiting the IAPT website.
- The Market Place - The Market Place provides free and confidential support for people aged 11-25 including counselling, group work and a drop-in appointments. Visit their website to find out more information on how you can access support.
- Forward Leeds – Forward Leeds offers advice, information and a range of interventions for young people, adults and families with concerns about their Alcohol and/or Drug use. Each intervention is tailored to suit an individuals need, and help everyone to realise their potential. For more information, or to make an online referral visit the Forward Leeds website.
Please see our for our opening times and for more detail on accessing our services.
Bereavement Support Group
Bereavement Support Group open to students of Leeds Beckett University. An opportunity for mutual support and to share the experience of loss or bereavement with others in a similar position, facilitated by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds.
Wednesdays during term time 3pm to 4pm at the Wilson Room, The Emmanuel Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS 29JT
To register an interest in attending the group please contact our Lead Chaplain Revd Melvyn J Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Student Survivors of Gendered Violence
Support for Student Survivors of Gendered Violence is available to Leeds Beckett students of all gender identities as a one-to-one confidential appointment on a fortnightly basis where you can talk through what you've experienced, get immediate help and find out about longer term support options. The service exists to provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space for student victims and survivors of any of the following:
sexual assault, abuse or rape / domestic abuse / controlling relationships / harassment / stalking / any other form of violence or abuse
You’re welcome to attend if you’re not sure if you’ve experienced any of the above – talking it through may help you get clearer on what you’ve been through and whether you need support.
Appointments are available on the following dates:
31 October | 11:00 – 17:00
14 November | 11:00 – 17:00
28 November | 11:00 – 17:0012 December | 11:00 – 17:00
Join our Chaplain and take time out to focus your mind on simple creative activities. Try your hand at Origami, the Japanese art of paperfolding. Perhaps just colouring with crayons is more your thing? Or sketching with pencils? Perhaps words are more your thing? Come and read or try your hand at writing poetry. Lose yourself in a crossword. Whilst these sessions are not formal guided mindfulness sessions, they offer the opportunity to take a few minutes for yourself in focussed attention on the creative process and away from the rush and the busy-ness of work or study.
12pm to 1.30 fortnightly at Headingley in PR122a beginning 8th October.
11.30am-1pm at city campus in The Gateway on the following dates:
5th & 19th October 2018, 2nd 16th & 30th November 2018, 14th December 2018, 11th & 25th January 2019, 8th & 22nd February 2019, 8th & 22nd March 2019.
Contact Student Wellbeing for details.
Stress Control Classes
The course, aimed at young people aged 17-25 years, is a psycho-educational class based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques.
It will be held at Leeds Beckett on a Wednesday evening.
- 7 November until 5 December 2018
It will be delivered via IAPT for adults registered with a Leeds GP. To refer to the classes, contact the Leeds IAPT service online or by telephone.
A ten week course by Leeds Mind in mindfulness and self-exploration takes place on Tuesday evenings, 18:30-21:00 from October 2nd to December 4th
These sessions are for anyone feeling overwhelmed, or anyone wanting to get to know themselves better.
For more information and to join please see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-free-course-in-mindfulness-and-self-exploration-tickets-50264132373
Our Self-help page is here to provide you with a range of information, resources and tools aimed at promoting your wellbeing.
You can access this information alongside support you may already be receiving; or if you don’t feel ready to speak to someone but would like some further information on how to cope.
Alongside using these resources we strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or appropriate health professional about any concerns you may have. The information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional
For guided self-help information on specific topics, please take a look at our comprehensive collection of Self Help Guides.
Mindwell is the ‘go-to’ place for information about mental health in Leeds. As well as offering a directory of support services, the website also offers self-help strategies and tools that can help you find ways to feel better and improve your wellbeing.
Students against Depression offers mental health information and resources for students who are feeling low, anxious, empty or having problems sleeping or concentrating. They have a number of self-help workbooks that can aid your pathway in overcoming depression.
The Mix provides support, information, tools and resources for a whole range of issues for under 25’s. From mental health to money, and from relationship break downs to drug use, The Mix is there as a multi-channel service to provide you with the support and information you need.
A comprehensive collection of self-help guides and workbooks for a wide range of specific issues which can be downloaded in several formats including audio and as a leaflet.
Beat offers a wide range of information and resources for people living with an eating disorder or are supporting someone else who is.
Papyrus provides information and support for people who are thinking of suicide or anyone struggling with life.
Get Self Help
This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and including therapy worksheets on the free downloads pages.
This website offers a number of workbooks and online modules on a whole range of specific mental health issues
MoodGYM is a free innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.
NHS Mood Zone
Whatever you need to know about boosting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.
Doc Ready helps you to get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health problems
Calm is the number 1 app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more joy and peace to your daily life. It provides people experiencing anxiety and stress with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing techniques and relaxing music.
SAM is a mobile app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who want to learn how to manage their anxiety through a variety of tools and self-help techniques.
What’s Up is a brilliant app which uses some of the best and easy-to-follow methods and tools to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress and more. Features include a diary to track your thoughts and feelings, forums to talk with other people and game which helps you keep yourself grounded when feeling stressed.
Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. The app will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
The Happify app provides you with effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional wellbeing and manage feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. You can play games, listen to peaceful scenes as well as motivational ted talks.
The Mix provides support for under 25’s on a whole range of issues. You can talk to them online, on social or via their confidential helpline about any issues you are experiencing. They are open 11am-11pm everyday.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care offers emotional support to anyone affected by the loss of someone they know. They are available Monday & Friday 9.30am-5pm and Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am-8pm.
If you need help with regards to mental or physical health, but it is not an emergency, you can ring the NHS on 111 for telephone support and advice.
It can be extremely stressful and anxiety provoking if you are worried about another student's welfare, particularly if their behaviour is putting themselves or others at risk.
Whether you are a fellow student, a parent or guardian, a friend, or someone else known to a student - the Student Wellbeing Team is here to help if you have any concerns over a student’s welfare.
You can talk to the Student Wellbeing Team or another member of staff without giving specific information about a fellow student for advice and guidance. You don't have to give their name if you don't feel comfortable. Talking to someone may help you see a way forward.
Please remember that the wellbeing of other students is not your responsibility, no matter that it may feel that way. Talking to someone else about your concerns may be the first step to getting them the help they need.
If your friend's behaviour is putting them or others at risk DO NOT KEEP THE INFORMATION TO YOURSELF. There may need to be some action taken.
If you believe that another student is at immediate risk of self harm or suicide you should call 999 and ask for an ambulance. The student will be assessed and if necessary taken to hospital.
You may find the following resources helpful if you are supporting someone or concerned about someone’s mental health.
Are you concerned about a friend or a colleague? Are you caring for or looking after someone? Mindwell provides information and details of support services that can help you with this.
Student Minds have a whole range of information available for if you are supporting a friend who is having a difficult time, including their “Look After Your Mate” guide, as well as tips on looking after yourself when supporting someone else.
Students Against Depression offer a range of information and resources on how you can help someone who is struggling, including how you can notice the signs that someone is struggling, and how to respond to suicide risk.
Your physical health plays a pivotal role in your mental health, and the two often go hand in hand. There are a number of ways to ensure you take care of your overall physical health and wellbeing whilst at university.
If you've moved away from home to come to Leeds Beckett, you can register with one of the many surgeries in the local area.
If you become ill or are injured, please make sure you get the best possible treatment in the right place. For urgent advice and treatment anytime, call 111.
Download the free Choose well app for iPhone and Androids for information about the nearest NHS service wherever you are in West Yorkshire and the Humber.
If you are concerned about your mental health it is important to speak to your GP. It can often feel quite difficult to begin to talk to someone about how you are feeling. The following information may help you first approach your GP to talk about your mental health.
It’s important that you also consider your sexual health whilst at university.
Leeds Sexual Health is your ‘go to’ place for all your sexual health needs and questions. You can find out where the nearest and most appropriate sexual health clinic is for you as well as information on STIs, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, sex and relationships and your body.
The Students’ Union also provide free contraceptive packs, which contain Durex condoms as well as a limited supply of the following available on request:
- SKYN Latex free condoms
- Passante Female Condoms
- Passante Dams
- Pregnancy Testing kits
If you, or someone you know, have been raped or sexually assaulted you can find all the information you will need about your options for support and how to report it on our Zero Tolerance website.
If you are a student and are pregnant you can find all the information you need regarding pregnancy and maternity, including our policy document on this here.
Doing regular physical activity helps you feel good about yourself, improve your fitness and wellbeing, and meet new people and form lasting friendships.
There are lots of things you can do to give your physical wellbeing a boost from sport or active recreational activities to simply everyday activities such as walking to university.
The Sport & Active Lifestyles website has more information about how to get involved from a weekly swim or fitness class, playing sport for fun or even representing our University in BUCS.
We recommend that you remain registered with your home dentist if this is possible, as there tends to be long waiting lists for NHS dentists. However, if it is not possible for you to do this there are plenty of dental practices within easy reach of Leeds city centre.
You can find local NHS dental practices that are accepting new patients on the NHS Choices website, or alternatively you can call NHS 111 and speak to an advisor.
You can also access emergency and routine dental treatment from Leeds Dental Hospital, some of which is provided by supervised dental students from the University of Leeds.
Meningitis and Septicaemia
Students, particularly freshers living in halls, are an ‘at risk’ group of contracting meningitis and other infectious diseases as they often mix closely with groups of unfamiliar people - some who may unknowingly carry these bugs.
Students going to university for the first time are advised to have the MenACWY vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. The vaccine protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia).
Students should contact their GP to have the MenACWY vaccine before starting university or college. If that's not possible, they should have it as soon as they can after they arrive. Students remain eligible for the vaccine up until their 25th Birthday.
Sometimes meningitis can be mistaken for ‘Freshers Flu” - look out for yourself and your friends at university by being aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. Download the signs and symptoms card
Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection and is spread the same way as a cold or flu. We have recently had a small rise in confirmed cases of mumps within the Leeds area, and are therefore advising students to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations. If a GP or Healthcare Professional suspects that you may have mumps, you should let your Course Admin know, and stay away from the University and others, as far as possible, for five days. The NHS has further guidance on what to do if you suspect you or someone you know may have contracted the disease.
Other infectious diseases
Please don’t forget, as well as those listed above, there are other infectious diseases that are much more likely in the UK such as measles, and rubella. Make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations against all these diseases and see the government advice on signs and symptoms.
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