Counselling, wellbeing and mental health support

Student Counselling and Wellbeing is here to support you in times of emotional, psychological, or mental health difficulties.

The Student Counselling and Wellbeing service is a multi-professional team of Counsellors, Wellbeing Practitioners and Mental Health Advisors. We offer free and confidential support to students during their time at the University of Leeds.

Our services include face-to-face and online counselling, wellbeing, and mental health support, same day drop-in sessions, groups and workshops, meditation, self-help resources and more.

We are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, all year round excluding University closure periods such as bank holidays, Easter, Christmas and New Year.

*Please be aware the service is very busy. The expected waiting time to book an appointment is between 2 to 4 weeks. Thank you for your understanding.

How can we support you?

Our service offers students the time and space to explore a range of common difficulties, including: 

  • anxiety, stress, and panic

  • relationship and family problems 

  • bereavement 

  • low mood and depression 

  • self-destructive behaviour, eg self-harm or substance abuse 

  • fear of failure 

  • academic problems

We offer a brief solution-based approach of up to four sessions. Students who are still seeking support after completing a contract with the service can re-register later in the academic year.

Mental health support

Mental health support is available to students with a diagnosed or emerging mental health condition. Our Mental Health Advisors will work with you to manage your mental health condition during your time at the University of Leeds.

Registration process

In order to access the most appropriate support from our team, please complete a registration form through the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub. Once we have received your registration form, we will contact you within two working days with more information. Find out more on our Registration page.

Wellbeing Drop-In

The Wellbeing Drop-In service provides same day appointments for students seeking immediate support, advice or signposting to other useful services. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, in-person and online.

To book a drop-in appointment, simply visit the Appointments page on the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Hub and select Wellbeing Drop-In. Appointments are released weekdays at 9am and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Other resources

Before accessing our service, we encourage you to explore the following self-help resources:

You can also access support from a range of other useful services in Leeds.

Other support services at the University

  • LUU Help & Support: Confidential, independent advice on a range of issues including academic concerns, money matters, health and wellbeing and more

  • Skills@Library: Workshops and one-to-one support with developing academic skills

  • Disability Services: Specialist support, advice and resources for disabled students

  • Chaplaincy: Confidential pastoral support and drop-in for students of all faiths and worldviews

  • Police Higher Education Liaison Officer: PC Laura Beaton works with the University’s Security Services on campus

  • Report + Support: Confidential support and guidance following incidents of harrassment or misconduct

Further information

Student Counselling and Wellbeing does not provide crisis or emergency services. Find out what to do in an emergency.

Please make an appointment with your GP if you are concerned about how you are feeling.

We encourage you to talk to your school, personal tutor or Student Support Officer if your current difficulties are impacting your studies.