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Accessing Mental Health & Wellbeing Support

Accessing Support from the Disability and Wellbeing Service

The Disability & Wellbeing Service has a range of advisers with specialist expertise in mental health, counselling, health and disability. We offer a broad range of support to students experiencing emotional, mental health and wellbeing issues, which includes, but is not limited to:

The Disability & Wellbeing Service is continuing to offer support and services to students by engaging online (Zoom), through email or telephone, and students can make referrals and enquiries by emailing disability-wellbeing@strath.ac.uk

When you have submitted your referral, a member of our Early Intervention Team will offer you an appointment within 24 hours (on weekdays).

If you need to speak to someone outwith office hours, you can get in the moment support from Spectrum.life.

Accessing Support from your GP/NHS

If you are struggling with your mental health, we would strongly encourage you to continue to engage with your General Practitioner for a review of your health and wellbeing. Your GP can provide further assessment of your symptoms, discuss treatment options and refer you onto Specialist Services if appropriate. Your GP can also provide you with medical evidence (a letter confirming your symptoms), in support of any Personal Circumstances that you may wish to submit.

MIND has a detailed guide on how to think ahead about having a conversation with your GP. The General Health section of our website also contains information on How to Register with a local General Practitioner. 

The website Heads Up has been developed by NHS Mental Health services and includes information about the types of mental health services that are available across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It also provides information about common mental health conditions, what the experience may feel like and about ways to cope.

If you need urgent help

If you feel that you need help now, please contact your GP or you can call NHS 24 on 111. If it is an emergency situation, the following Emergency Services are available:

If you need to talk to someone, below are a list of supports that are available:

Support Network

Talking about your feelings and asking for help is part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy. 

Supporting others with their mental health

You may have come to this page because you want information for supporting someone else. Many people experiencing a mental health problem will speak to friends and family before they speak to a health professional, so the support you offer can be really valuable. If this is this case, and you want to learn more about how to support someone or learn how to support your own mental health while caring for someone, you can find helpful information in the links below:

Specialist Support Services

If you feel that you need help now, please contact your GP. Your GP can provide further assessment of your symptoms, discuss treatment options and refer you onto Specialist Services. If your GP is closed, their answerphone will direct you to the appropriate support service, or you can call NHS 24 on 111.

If it is an emergency situation, the following Emergency Services are available:

  • Campus Security via calling 0141 548 2222.
  • Emergency Services via calling 999.
  • Accident & Emergency Service nearest to the University is the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Castle Street, Glasgow G4.
  • NHS 24 on 111 for Health Information and Self Care Advice.

If you need to talk to someone, below are a list of supports that are available:

  • Samaritans Glasgow 0141 248 4488 or email  jo@samaritans.org anytime.
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (All weekend and Monday to Friday 6pm - 2am)
  • Nightline 0141 552 2555 (for students and staffed by local student volunteers) someone to talk to and will often be able to help with general information questions. 7pm to 7am, Monday to Friday during term time.
  • It may also be helpful for you to talk to a friend or family member.