Resources and self-help

On this page you can find further general and specific information, self-help, and support on a range mental health issues, including therapy services external to the University.

Please take a look at the categories below.


  • Websites


    National Association for People Abused in Childhood - supporting adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse

    Birchall Trust - support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse

    Trust House Lancashire - support for anyone affected by rape and sexual abuse

    Rape Crisis England and Wales - emotional support, information, and self-help for girls and women

    Women’s Aid - supporting women and children who have been impacted by abuse

    Karma Nirvana - supporting victims of honour-based abuse and arranged marriage

    Alcohol and Drugs

    Alcoholics Anonymous - supporting people with alcohol problems, and local AA meetings

    Drink Aware - support reducing alcohol consumption

    Talk to Frank - information on drugs

    Inspire - providing drug and alcohol treatment, including open access and structured treatment


    Cruse - bereavement support, including counselling

    Hope Again - Cruse’s support for young people

    The Good Grief Trust - support and information on local services


    Cancer Care - supporting those diagnosed with cancer and their relatives, including counselling

    Eating Disorders

    Breathe - supporting those with eating disorders, including accessing eating disorder clinics and therapy

    Beat - supporting those with eating disorders, including a specific helpline for students

    To Be Honest - blog dedicated to young people who want information about eating disorders


    Stand Alone - supporting adults who are estranged from their parents


    Gam Care - support with gambling issues and addictions

    Information about Mental Health

    Royal College of Psychiatrists - A-Z list of problems and disorders and information about different types of treatment

    Rethink - 100+ factsheets created by experts at Rethink on topics from medication to the Mental Health Act


    Gendered Intelligence - resources and support for young trans and gender variant people

    The Proud Trust - resources and support for young people identifying as LGBT+

    Physical Health

    King Street and University Medical Practice - campus GP surgery, including a link to register online

    NHS Services search - search for local GPs and dentists, or search by condition or procedure

    Waterview Sexual Health Clinic - NHS service for under 25s with free and confidential advice, contraception options, and STI testing and treatment

    Brook - sexual health and wellbeing services, information, and support for under 25s


    Relate - relationship support for families, couples, and individuals


    Self-Harm Awareness For All - support for those who self-harm, including counselling

    Self-Injury Support - support for girls and women affected by self-harm

    Self-Help Websites

    Northumberland, Tyne and Wear - NHS Trust website with PDF booklets covering a wide range of mental health issues

    Centre for Clinical Interventions - one-sheet and booklet self-help materials on a wide range of mental health issues

    NHS Moodzone - podcasts and information on coping with stress, anxiety, depression, and improving mental wellbeing

    Talk Plus - guided self-help resources on mental health issues

    Living Life to the Full - audio guides designed to help people feel happier, sleep better, and feel more confident

    Get Self-Help - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based techniques for tackling mental health issues

    Lancaster University Library - access a range of multi-media resources to promote wellbeing and effective study

    Student/Young Person Mental Health Charities

    Student Minds - large amount of mental health information and support for students

    Papyrus - dedicated to suicide prevention in young people

    Students Against Depression - connected to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, for students struggling with anxiety, depression, and related issues


    Survivors Assistance Network - practical and emotional support for people affected by a terrorist incident

    Therapy external to the University

    British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - search for a local accredited therapist

    UK Council for Psychotherapy - search for a local accredited therapist

    British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies - search for a local accredited therapist

    ACCESS - local charity offering counselling

    North Lancashire Counselling Service - local charity offering counselling

    Minds Matter - Lancashire Care NHS Trust Foundation Mental Health Service, use the online self-referral link to access the Service

    Victim Support

    Victim Support - support after being subject to and/or witness of a crime

    Please note that at the time of publishing, these links to external websites were all appropriate and accurate.  We cannot take responsibility for any external website changes, but do try to check the links are still working regularly.

  • Helplines

    The Samaritans
    116123 (open all year)

    Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline 
    0800 915 4640 (open weekdays 7pm-11pm, and weekends 12 noon-12 midnight)

    Papyrus Hopeline 
    0800 068 4141 (open weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, and bank holidays 2pm-5pm, for up to age 35)

    For support in a crisis, text shout to 85258

    Bristol MindLine Trans+
    Confidential helpline for people who identify as trans, agender, gender fluid, non-binary
    0300 330 5468 (open Mondays and Fridays, 8pm to midnight)

    01524 594444 (open 10pm-8am during term-time)
    Nightline is a completely anonymous listening and information service run by students for students.  Nightline is not a trained advice line, but can offer a non-judgemental listening ear and has multiple ways of getting in contact, please see their website for further information.

    Please note that at the time of publishing, these links to external websites were all appropriate and accurate.  We cannot take responsibility for any external website changes, but do try to check the links are still working regularly.

  • Apps

    Calm - meditation techniques for sleep and stress reduction

    Calm Harm - support resisting or managing self-harm

    Daylio - mood tracker and micro diary

    Forest - improving and remaining focused

    Gratitude - personal journal app to record the things you're grateful for

    Headspace - guided meditation and mindfulness

    Hold - keeps track of phone use

    Hub of Hope - enter your postcode and find local support services

    Moodpath - help improving emotional wellbeing

    Moodspace - self-help app

    Pacifica - daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression based on CBT and mindfulness meditation

    Rise Up and Recover - eating disorder monitoring app

    Stay Alive - suicide prevention resource, with information and tools to help stay safe in a crisis

    Stigma - mood tracking and journal app

    Talk Space - online therapy

    Thrive - NHS game-based app to help prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions, to use when needed or more regularly

    Way of Life - habit tracker

    7 Cups - connects you with caring listeners for free emotional support

    Please note that these apps have not been tested by our Service, but recommended to us by students as tools that have been helpful to them.

  • Service videos

    Our College Wellbeing Officers have made some videos to help identify and tackle issues such as homesickness and time management.