Mental Health

Mental Health Support

Current estimates suggest that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their life, and given this statistic is based on numbers of people who have actively seeked out help, so actual numbers may be much higher.

‘Mental health conditions’ covers a vast spectrum of issues, and although they are often grouped or labelled, mental health conditions are often more complex and individual than their name suggests.

Broad categories of mental health conditions often experienced by students include depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar disorder, manic depression and eating disorders. This list is by no means exhaustive and many conditions will not fit neatly into one category or another.

Regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and healthy food not only keep your body but also your mind healthy. Make sure that you always take breaks when working and that you allow time for socialising and relaxation, without letting work take over your life too much.

Even if you remain fit and healthy it is possible to still experience a mental health condition as a student.

Here at Trinity Hall Welfare we strive to keep college as happy and (mentally) healthy as possible. Talking about mental health is not taboo, and the welfare team regularly run events to help promote understanding and stamp-out the stigma surrounding mental health.

If you begin to feel that your mental health is suffering, it is important to seek out help. As always, you can talk to one of the Welfare officers, arrange to speak to the college counsellor/nurse, or arrange a visit to your GP.

In an emergency, and you feel that yourself or one of your friends is at imminent risk of harm, it is important to phone 999 or go straight to Addenbrookes A&E. The porters (01223 332500) can help organising ambulances/transport to hospital. You can also phone NHS direct on 111 in a non-life threatening emergency for more advice.

Some of the other support available in and around Cambridge are listed below. College also provides a range of mental health support services, some of which can be found here.

 

University Counselling Service

2-3 Bene’t Place, Lensfield Road, CB2  1EL

www.counselling.cam.ac.uk

Tel: 01223 332865

Email: reception@counselling.cam.ac.uk

The University Counselling Service provides free, confidential and professional counselling to all students. The Counsellors are friendly, non-judgmental and very experienced in what it is like to be a student in Cambridge. To make an appointment, simply fill in a form on their website and they will get back to you with a time that fits into your timetable.  Useful leaflets are available from the offices or on the website.

 

Student Advice Service

www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/support/university/sas

The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all Cambridge University students. You can come to the service with any issues or problems that you might experience as a student, from questions or concerns about your education or University procedures to a health enquiry or a mental health issue. They can discuss your concerns with you, explore what options are available to you, and represent you at a college level if necessary.

 

Nightline

www.linkline.org.uk

Phone: 01223 744444, every day of full term 7pm – 7am

Nightline is a listening and information service run by students for students. You can talk to them about anything – they are non-judgemental, anonymous and completely confidential. They are open from 7pm until 7am and you can call them for free from your bedroom on the Cambridge University extension number: 62212.

 

CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer

Old Examination Hall, Free School Lane, CB2 3RF

Email: welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk

The Welfare and Rights Officer provides individual student support on any welfare matter and leads CUSU’s welfare and student rights campaigns. They can also provide information about finance, accommodation and any other concerns that affect students.

 

Cam Mind

Barrere House, 100 Chesterton Road, CB4 1ER

www.cam-mind.org.uk

Tel: 01223 311320

Email: admin@cam-mind.org.uk

Cam-Mind provides information, advice and support for people with a wide range of mental health problems and depression. It runs a variety of support groups, social groups and a befriending scheme.

 

Rethink

www.rethink.org

Tel: 0845 456 455 (9am-5pm weekdays)

Email: advice@rethink.org

A major UK charity dedicated to assisting people affected by severe mental illness. They also run a support group in Cambridge for carers of people with mental health problems. Meetings are usually held at 7:30pm on the penultimate Wednesday of the month.

 

SANE

www.sane.org.uk

Tel: 0845 767 8000

The website gives practical advice of mental health issues. Saneline is a confidential helpline offering practical information and emotional support, open from 12 noon until 2am each day.

 

The Samaritans

4 Emmanuel Road

www.samaritans.org

Tel: 116 123

Confidential listening service, available 24 hours a day. It is run by volunteers, who offer non-judgemental, non-directional support.

 

Lifeline

Tel: 01223 521 521, 7-11pm all year round

This Cambridge mental health phoneline provides a listening ear, support and information on local and national resources and self-help groups.

 

Centre 33

33 Clarendon Street Cambridge

www.centre33.org.uk

Tel: 01223 316 488

Email: centre33.cam@dial.pipex.com

This free confidential counselling and information service for under 25s also supplies condoms and pregnancy tests.

This website stores some user agent data. This data is used to provide more extensive and relevant information on the website. Data collected includes, but is not limited to, whereabouts on the website users view, and from where this has been accessed from. This statement is required in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation. For more information contact the webmaster. If you decide to opt-out of any future tracking, a cookie will be set up in your browser to remember this choice for one year. I Agree, Deny
812