Get advice on health and wellbeing, here we direct you to Queen Mary services as well as other specialist agencies who can provide you with help and more detailed information.

Health & Wellbeing


If you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Many students who come to University have mental health conditions or start to experience difficulties during their studies. It is estimated that 1 in 4 students experience a mental health problem during their time at university. If you feel you need support or you want to support a friend or flatmate, there are a number of organisations that can help.

If you or another person are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, call 999. An ambulance may be called if appropriate, and they will advise whether you should go to A&E. You can also go to your nearest A&E department.

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

Mental health crisis support

You can access urgent mental health support by:

  • Requesting an urgent appointment with your GP (GPs are offering video/phone consultations)
  • Contacting your local NHS Mental Health Crisis Number (24 hours) – enter the borough, county or town where you are currently living and ‘Mental Health Crisis Line’ into your search engine (see details for Tower Hamlets)
  • Calling Samaritans on 116 123 (24 hours, 365 days a year)

You can also access the following crisis support services:

Advice and Counselling Service

Confidential, professional counselling support and advice for emotional, psychological, financial and student welfare issues.

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Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS)

Support for students with disabilities, specific learning differences and mental health issues. They offer advice and guidance on areas such as examination arrangements and provide one to one tuition and support workers.

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GP / Student Health Service

The Student Health Service is available to all students living in QMUL accommodation at the Mile End or Whitechapel campuses or who live in the borough of Tower Hamlets (E1, E2, E3 and E14). It is located on the ground floor of the Geography Building on the Mile End campus.

If you do not live locally and would like to register with a GP where you live, you can search for a GP surgery on the NHS website using your postcode. GP surgeries will normally register all international students. You can find information about how to access healthcare as a UK, international or EU/EEA student here.

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Student Support in your School

Each School or Institute has a dedicated student support contact who can offer advice on matters you feel may be impeding your ability to study. They can advise you on issues such as extenuating circumstances or examination arrangements. A list of contacts for each School or Institute can be found at the link below.

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Students’ Union Academic Advice Service

The Students’ Union provides confidential advice and advocacy support on a range of academic issues including extenuating circumstances, appeals, academic misconduct investigations, disciplinary hearings and complaints. The service is confidential, non-judgemental and free and is open to all current students. It is independent from Queen Mary University of London, meaning issues discussed with the service will not appear on your University record without your consent.

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PROJECT:TALK QMUL

The PROJECT:TALK QMUL society offers students at Queen Mary and Barts and The London the opportunity to facilitate, develop and improve their mental fitness through workshops, informational talks and social events. The society also runs a peer support scheme led by student volunteers.

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There are many external charities and organisations that can offer support, information and guidance about mental health conditions. Some of these provide support for mental health generally, while others focus more on a specific area. Click on the links for more information.


Mind

Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

0300 123 3393 or text 86463

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Rethink

National mental health charity that works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness gain a better quality of life.

0300 5000 927

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Sane

Established to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANELINE is a national, 7 days a week, out-of-hours telephone helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, including concerned friends or relatives.

0300 3047 000

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Step Forward

Local charity that offers free and confidential services (sexual health, counselling, LGBT+ support group, personal development and family support service) to young people aged up to 25 years old living in and around Tower Hamlets.

020 7739 3082

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Anxiety UK

Working to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders.

0844 4775 774

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No Panic

Support for people (and their carers) suffering from anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and other related anxiety disorders.

0844 967 4848

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BiPolar UK

User-led charity working to enable people affected by bipolar disorder to take control of their lives.

020 7931 6480

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Students against Depression

Provides a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward.

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Beat Eating Disorders

UK's leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders and campaigning on their behalf.

080 8801 0811 (student helpline)

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Harmless

User-led organisation that provides a range of services for self-harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.

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Papyrus

National UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Offers confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person.

080 0068 4141 (helpline)

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Cruse Bereavement Care

Information, advice and counselling helping people to understand grief and bereavement through individual support and group work.

080 8808 1677

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The Mix

Support service for young people on a huge range of issues, including mental health, money, homelessness, finding a job, relationships and alcohol/drugs. You can call their free helpline or speak to someone online or via text.

0808 808 4994

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Samaritans

Helpline offering 24-hour confidential support for anyone who is struggling to cope or who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

116 123

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Nightline

Confidential listening, support and practical information service for students. You can talk to them through their helpline, online, via text, email or Skype.

020 7631 0101 or text 077 1798 9900 or Skype londonnightline

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Togetherall

Togetherall is a 24/7 online community. It contains information and advice about mental health conditions and is moderated by professional counsellors. It is completely anonymous. Access is free with a Queen Mary University of London email address.

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Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies - Stress and Anxiety Workshop

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies is offering the opportunity to engage with a recorded webinar looking at anxiety and stress. This webinar aims to raise awareness of the common causes and symptoms of anxiety as well as strategies to manage these symptoms .We will then be looking at the link between anxiety and stress and top tips to manage stress. To get access, you must be a resident or have a GP in Tower Hamlets and complete the form to receive the link.

Sign-up to access on-demand webinar here

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