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Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service 

The Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service remains open with all support now being offered remotely by Zoom. 

The Mental Health is offering single session appointments to support  students to identify local and online services appropriate to them.  

The Wellbeing team are offering Initial Consultations and ongoing consultations of up to four sessions. 

The Counselling team are offering Initial Consultations and up to four sessions of counselling.  

Students seeking same day support for their mental health and wellbeing should request a Drop-In session by emailing us at

Students who would like to register for an appointment should complete our online self-referral form. Self-referral forms are reviewed daily and students will be contacted with the offer of wellbeing, counselling or mental health advisor support. Waiting times for routine appointments are currently between 2-4 weeks; Drop In sessions are available daily. 

Please note: Remote/online support is not appropriate where students are experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide. If this is the case students must contact their local GP and/or Crisis team as a matter of urgency. 

For up to date information regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 including up-to-date guidance for managing your emotional wellbeing please see: and Student FAQs



Your first appointment will last between 30 and 50 minutes, and give you a chance to explore in more detail your current situation, what is causing you difficulty, and how to move forward. It will be a collaborative activity and designed to empower you to identify and then bring about the kind of changes that you seek.


At the end of the appointment, the practitioner will help you identify actions that you can take – this may be suggesting tasks you could do, directing you to useful resources or, where appropriate, referring you to another professional, service or agency. You may be offered a follow-up appointment to see how you have progressed. For many people this brief intervention is all that is needed to help get them back on the right track.

For other people, further appointments are appropriate. If you are referred for counselling, you may be offered up to four more sessions. This may be with the practitioner you saw for your first appointment, or it may be with a different person. You will then see that same person for all your sessions. It is likely that there will be a short wait for this; possibly up to 3 or 4 weeks at busy times of the year. We work as members of a team and if it emerges that a different support is more appropriate to your needs this will be discussed with you and you will be referred to an alternative practitioner.


There is a heavy demand for all of the services within Student Counselling and Wellbeing, so if you are unable to attend a session please cancel your appointment giving as much notice as possible. You can do this by email and we will do our best to offer you an alternative appointment if the cancellation is due to illness or other exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to cancel, please contact us at


No. For all University of Leeds students, Student Counselling and Wellbeing is a free service.

While you are waiting

There are a number of things you can read or use to prepare yourself while you are waiting for your first appointment:

Online or self-help resources

Our website has a wide range of useful information and links. You could try one of our MP3 downloads for help with relaxation or have a look at our comprehensive range of self-help guides.

You might like to try some external resources :

Or you can look at a longer list of A-Z of online resources to help you find information and advice on issues you may be facing.

Talk to your school or faculty

Is your problem about work or affecting your work? Your personal tutor or Education Service Officer may be able to help and should know if things are going on for you which are getting in the way of your work. See our list of faculties to find contact information.

Contact your GP

It might be worth getting yourself checked out, especially if you are feeling really depressed or physically run down. The Leeds Student Medical Practice also has a really useful website.

Emergency or crisis

If you need help in a crisis situation, see our contacts page for more information.


This page was last updated on  04/11/2020