Students’ Unions’ Advice Service (SUAS)
The SUAS is open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, year-round. They are a coalition between the undergraduate and graduate students’ unions and operate independently from the university. This means that not only can they offer professional listening and advice services, they can also help to liaise with any college or the university as a whole, should you want/need them to do so. They listen to and represent you as an individual, and as always they respect your confidentiality and only disclose information if and when you ask or permit them to do so.
Location: CUSU/GU, 17 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX
Timings: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, year-round
Student Minds Cambridge
The new Student Minds website has a really useful range of information, from daily self care to dealing with difficult mental illnesses. They’re doing great work with reducing the stigma around talking about mental health and wellbeing, and they have events throughout the year (formals, art sessions, etc.) to get the conversation going and make mental health an important part of our daily lives.
Although we are here to help as much as possible, as Welfare Officers we cannot be available at all times, and nor can everyone’s friends or family. Nightline is a great student-run service available from 7 pm to 7 am, whom you can contact via email, message, Skype or phone. They provide impartial and confidential listening to anyone about absolutely anything, and can help you to work through your problems or feelings, if you like.
Telephone: 01223 744444
Timings: 7:00pm - 7:00am, every night during term time
Instant Message: cambridge.nightline.ac.uk
The University Counselling Service
The UCS provides counsellors, whom you can get access to via the nurse and/or your tutor. They also provide a great range of group counselling workshops/sessions, including ones on self-esteem, anxiety, intermission, food, bereavement, perfectionism, assertiveness, and self-compassion, just to name a few. Visit the Christ’s Welfare Facebook page to see a list of the workshops and how to sign up, or visit the UCS website.
Online pre-counselling form: forms/counselling.cam.ac.uk/form
Telephone: 01223 332865
Location: 2-3 Benet Place, Lensfiled Road
Timings: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am - 7:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mind is a national mental health information and advice organisation. Their website provides a vast range of pages written by both professionals and individuals who have experienced different mental health problems, giving you reliable information, advice, and things to relate to. Their pages also include advice on how to deal with friends or family members with mental health issues, and all the information is presented in a concise and accessible manner. They are also available by telephone and at their office to provide further assistance. The local Cambridge office provides information, advice and support for people living with mental health problems or depression. They also offer accommodation, art therapy, befriending, volunteer opportunities and service user groups.
Timings: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
If you have a disability that you know of, however small or big, the Disability Resource Centre helps you get the adjustments you need to make your life here as easy as possible. There is plenty of advice and support for students; information on the wide range of academic support they, your college, and faculty offer; a guide to building access, and more. If you are unsure about whether you might have a disability, they can assess you to find out, and your tutor/the College can help liaise with this.
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 332301
Location: Keynes House, 24a Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA
Timings: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm; Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
B-Eat and Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Unfortunately many students find themselves experiencing some sort of eating disorder, or struggling to nourish themselves properly. BEAT is the UK’s eating disorder organisation and provides an immense range of guidance, personal support, advice pages, volunteer work, and information to help students be as healthy as they can be.
Men Get Eating Disorders Too is another great resource across the UK.
Website: www.b-eat.co.uk ; www.mengetedstoo.co.uk
Online support groups: www.b-eat.co.uk/support-services/online-support-groups
Telephone: 0345 634 1414 (B-Eat)
Timings: Monday - Friday 10:30am - 8:30pm; Saturday 1:00pm - 4:00pm (B-Eat)