CoronavirusStudent update 17 November 2021

Dear Strathclyde student,

I hope you are enjoying the Semester and making the most of all the University and Strath Union have to offer.

As we head into the winter months, it is especially important that we all prioritise our wellbeing and look after our mental health. Following my email in September, I wanted to remind you of the support available to you as a member of our student community. You can also find lots of information on our website about staying active, healthy and well.

This list below includes information about how to access our services at any time. Please keep this information to hand in case you, or someone you know, needs it in the future.

Finally, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help or support – we are here to help you.

Best wishes,

Gill Watt,
Director of Student Experience


Referrals & Weekday Services

Students with concerns about their mental health or wellbeing can access same-day initial support and advice from our Early Intervention Counselling Team. Referrals can be made by emailing the Disability & Wellbeing Service on

The service also offers daily mental health and wellbeing Zoom drop-in sessions where students can obtain direct access to advice and support from one of our trained advisers/counsellors. Running at 2pm on weekdays, students can access the drop-in using the Zoom details that were included in the email we sent you on 17 November 2021.

24/7 Mental Health Phone & Digital Support Service

In addition to our weekday services, we are working with Spectrum Life to offer a phone and digital mental health support line – this is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The 24/7 Student Support Service is a confidential, in-the-moment service that provides support on numerous topics including: stress, anxiety, low mood, financial worries, loss and grief, relationship problems, substance abuse issues and much more.

You can access the service through a confidential, freephone telephone line, an online chat function through the platform or by requesting a call back.

Access this service directly by phone or register to the platform below:

Freephone UK: 0800 0318227
INT: 00353 1 518 0277

Register now on the Spectrum Life platform and mobile app.

Pro Tip: Use Google Chrome to ensure the best performance of the platform.

SilverCloud Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

If you're worried, feeling low or stressed, or finding it hard to sleep, you may want to explore our online mental health programme from SilverCloud. SilverCloud offers secure, confidential and immediate access to a range of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmes tailored to your individual needs. It will help you identify key issues and offers activities to help you overcome them.

Rape Crisis

Our Rape Crisis service offers support for students who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives, or who are looking for information around consent. Further information including contact details is available on our web pages.

How to Create Wellbeing & Happiness – Online Module

Our in-house 'How to Create Wellbeing & Happiness' programme is now available to all students on MyPlace and we strongly encourage you to work through the module. The in-depth module is designed to help you develop independent strategies to enhance and maintain a positive sense of wellbeing.

Wellbeing Programmes

We offer a wellbeing training programme with 12 psychoeducational courses on offer to students this semester. Topics include: mindfulness; managing stress and anxiety.

Further information, including details of how to book, is available to students on MyPlace.

Strathclyde Sport

As a student, you have free access to ExHALE, Strathclyde Sport’s inclusive activity support offering that caters for those looking to add more movement into their daily routine. The web page has lots of resources including short workout videos, social activity initiatives, progress and goals setting downloads and health and wellbeing advice and tips.

You also have free access to StrathActive – the University’s flagship active health programme delivered in partnership with Strath Union and the Sports Union. StrathActive provides a range of free social sports and fun active health activities that take place at lunchtimes and late afternoons each week.