SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Links to other organisations

  • Advice & Support
    • Citizens Advice: independent advice for anyone in the UK on any topic.
    • No Panic: information on phobias, anxiety attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders.
    • Sane Line: emotional support and information.
    • The Mix - essential support for under 25s on topics mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drug use.
  • Alcohol
    • About Alcohol Concern: the national voluntary agency on alcohol misuse.
    • Alcohol Change: charity working to change national and personal attitudes towards drinking.
    • Change Grow Live: if you’re concerned about your drinking or drug use but aren’t sure what steps to take, you can find lots of information and advice here.
    • Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics): provides a free, confidential telephone (0800 358 3456) and email helpline to children (including adult children) affected by parental alcohol problems; and others concerned with their welfare, such as other family members and professionals.
    • NHS Alcohol Support: list of support organisations, when to think about getting help, info on detox and rehabilitation.
  • Anxiety
    • Anxiety UK: charity providing peer support, where to find help for anxiety, and useful section on different types of anxiety on this page. Optional membership is £40 per year which includes a magazine subscription, Headspace subscription, access to message boards, and access to reduced-cost therapies.
    • Mind: how to recognise anxiety and panic attacks, causes, self-care and treatment information.
    • NHS: information on what anxiety is, including symptoms, dos and don'ts, and how to get help for anxiety through the NHS.
    • Young Minds: information on anxiety specifically for young people. The website also contains information on other conditions, how to look after yourself, and seeking help.
  • Bereavement
    • At a Loss: over 1000 bereavement services listed around the UK including specialised services for men, LGBT, faith groups and people from different cultural backgrounds.
    • Cruse Bereavement Care: a charity that offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support.
      Hope Again: Cruse's youth website. A safe place where young people can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
    • Marie Curie: a range of resources on helping to cope emotionally as well as handle the practical side of losing someone close to you.
    • Child Bereavement UK: support for families both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child or young person up to the age of 25 is facing bereavement.
  • Coronavirus
    • NHS: Guidance on what to do if you have to self-isolate, how to stay safe, vaccination booking etc.
    • Student Space: Access to dedicated support services for students, by phone or text, information and tools to help you through the challenges of coronavirus, helping you find what support is available at your place of study.
    • Red Cross: giving people without a support network someone to talk to, and can help them access things they may need like food, medicine and emotional support.
    • Rethink: online hub to provide practical support and information around coronavirus that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness.
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy
    • See this page for information on counselling at SOAS, or our page on finding external counsellors here.
  • Services for Specific Communities
    • Akina Mama Wa Afrika: feminist Pan-African leadership development organization seeking to change African women’s narratives.
    • Asian Women's Resource Centre: professional provision of advice, information to survivors of domestic abuse, to support in securing safe housing, advocacy and interpreters, access to counselling and legal advice in multiple languages.
    • BAATN: The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network - directory of counsellors and psychotherapists of Black, African and Asian origin.
    • Chinese Mental Health Association: specializes in providing community based mental health assistance and support to the Chinese community in the United Kingdom
    • Chinese National Healthy Living Centre: Aims to promote healthy living, and to provide access to health services, for the Chinese community in the UK. The Centre takes an holistic approach, tackling both the physical and psychological aspects of health.
    • Farah Therapy Centre: providing psychotherapy, counselling and life coaching services from Kensington and Battersea in both English and Arabic.
    • Muslima: online exhibition featuring the art, voices, and stories of Muslim women around the globe.
    • Nafsiyat: Intercultural therapy in 20+ languages for people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London.
    • NAZ: Provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to the South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, Horn of African and Latin American communities in London.
    • See this page for resources for different faith groups.
  • Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
    • Befrienders: An international resource providing information and support about depression, emotional distress and suicidal fears in different languages.
    • Self-Harm: A national user-led organisation that provides support, information, training and consultancy to people from 14-19 who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.
    • Papyrus: a helpline for those who are having thoughts of suicide, and family and friends who are worried about someone who may be at the risk of suicide, as well as online resources.
    • Samaritans: call 116 123 free from any phone 24/7 for when you are in crisis and need to talk, or email: jo@samaritans.org
    • Students Against Depression: provides comprehensive advice and discussion about depression for students.
    • Depression Alliance: information on symptoms, treatments, local groups.
    • OLLIE: delivering suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training by empowering professionals and young adults in their own communities to lead suicide prevention activities. 
  • Drugs
    • Drugwise: generally useful information with an encyclopaedia and other links.
    • Talk to Frank: 0800 776600 - free information and advice on drugs.
  • Eating Disorders
    • Eating Disorders Association (B-EAT) Lots of relevant information for people with eating difficulties.
    • Student Minds: works to support students and young people with eating disorders. We support a network of support groups at universities across the country and aims to ensure that everyone has easy access to support.
    • Get Self Help: Anorexia: offers self help advice to carers of people with anorexia.
  • Gambling & Gaming
    • BeGambleAware: confidential help and support for anyone worried about their own or someone else's gambling.
    • GamCare: online resources, helpline, and peer support forums for gambling problems.
    • NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic: treats people with gambling problems living in England and Wales aged 16 and over.
    • NHS National Centre for Gaming Disorders: gaming addiction clinic in the UK that provides treatment for people living in England and Wales aged 13 and over. Accepts self-referrals.
  • General Health
  • Honour Crimes & Forced Marriages
    • Freedom Charity: help and support for children and young people who are at risk or are subjected to violent crimes, FGM, dishonour-based violence and forced marriages.
    • Karma Nirvana offers a free (and confidential) helpline for victims of forced marriages and honour-based abuse.
    • UK Government website: information on how to recognise a forced marriage, legislation, and how to get help.
  • LGBTQ+
    • Galop - LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity providing advice, information and support on domestic abuse, hate crime and sexual violence.
    • Queer Youth: a networking site featuring information and support for young LGBTQ+ people in the UK.
    • The Pink Practice: counselling service and wide database for LGBTQ+ people.
    • London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: 0300 330 0630 - 24-hour helpline and information for gay and lesbian people.
    • Families Together: London-based support group for the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) people with a monthly parent meeting in Kings Cross.
    • Gender Identity Research & Education Society: information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them.
    • Albert Kennedy Trust: for LGBTQ+ young people struggling with housing.
    • The Complete Guide to Studying and Living in the UK as an LGBTQ+ student
    • Mindline Trans+0300 330 5468 - Mondays & Fridays, 20.00 - 00.00. Offers emotional support to people who are Trans+, agender, genderfluid and non-binary and anyone wanting to talk about their gender identity. The helpline is also there to offer support and information to family and friends.
    • ELOP: 18-25 LGBTQ+ support group online meetup every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, offering a safe, relaxed and inclusive space for young people. Email youth@elop.org to sign up.
  • Men
    • CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably suicide awareness and prevention for men, free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems, and support for those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).
    • Men's Mental Health - building psychological resilience and emotional strength, reducing suicide rates for men through the development and provision of psychological crisis interventions that prevent suicide.  
    • Mental Health Foundation - information and support for men, focus on men's mental health in November.
  • Mental Health
    • Mental Health Foundation: online leaflets, addresses, other information.
    • Mind: 0845 766 0163 - information on all aspects of mental illness.
    • Rethink: provides useful mental health information for young people.
    • Mental Health Forum: discussion site with support groups and useful links.
    • Headspace: offers a guide to a happier mind via meditation through simple and easy techniques.
    • CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably for preventing male suicide.
    • Hub of Hope: enter your postcode to find all the mental health services nearby.
    • Voice Collective: groups for young people who hear voices or have other unusual experiences.
    • Cameron Grant Memorial Trust: free, 24/7 mental health crisis support.
    • Anna Freud: local wellbeing directory, jargon buster, information about referrals and getting support.
    • Looking After Others: information sheets on understanding and managing a range of mental health issues.
  • Mindfulness
    • Be Mindful: mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga.
    • The Free Mindfulness Project is a website that has audio files that students can download onto their ipod or mobiles etc to listen to. There are sessions of different lengths so that allows you to do a short three minute practice whilst on the tube.
    • Mindfulness Meditation Now: mindfulness book resources; Living in the Moment by Anna Black.
    • Sounds True: a range of more than 500 audio, video and music titles about spiritual traditions, meditation, psychology, creativity, health and healing, self-discovery.
    • UCLA Health: free guided meditations from University of California Los Angeles.
  • Online Help
    • Centre for Clinical Interventions: resource page listing various cognitive behavioural approaches to psychological interventions.
    • E-couch: online counselling resource, requires registration (£20.90 for 12 months).
    • Living Life to the Full: an online life skills course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills.
    • The Mood Gym: learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.
  • Race & Racism
    • Black Minds Matter: works to improve the mental health of Black people.
    • BLAM: London-based organisation working on a number of projects relating to education, Black history, research and anti-racism. Offers Zuri therapy for racial wellness.
    • Friends, Families and Travellers: education, history, culture and advice for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
    • London Black Womens' Project: information, housing and homelessness, safe space, healing and recovery through art, advice and advocacy, keyworking and therapeutic support.
    • NuVoices: list of resources on supporting people of Asian origin and fighting racism - scroll down for a section on the UK.
    • SARI: provides advice and support for those who have experienced racially-motivated hate crimes.
  • Self-Help Groups
    • UK Self Help: free searchable database of over 1000 self-help groups.
  • Sexual Abuse & Rape
    • The Havens: specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
    • Rape Crisis: helpline: 0115 941 0440 - 24-hour helpline.
    • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Helpline: 020 8683 3300
    • The Roofie Foundation: dealing with issues of date rape and sexual abuse caused by drink spiking.
    • SURVIVORSUK: phone line or web chat for supporting male victims of sexual abuse
  • Sleeping
    • Sleepio: a website designed to help people who suffer from poor sleep.
    • Sleep Education: information on CBT techniques to aid insomnia and sleep difficulties.
    • Sleep Foundation: physical and mental exercises and tips on sleeping well.
  • Staying Safe Online

    Revenge Porn Helpline - if you have been affected by online harassment or stalking, had images shared without your consent or are concerned about your online reputation, call 03456 000459 10.00 - 16.30 Monday to Friday.

  • Therapy
  • Victim Support
  • Women & Girls
    • Gurls Talk: community-led non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent girls and young women (open to any self-defining girls, young women and non-binary people)
    • Women's Health Concern: health information for women on gynaecological health issues.
    • Women + Health: Camden based organisation offering a wide range of affordable complementary therapies, counselling, health-based workshops and classes to women living or working in Camden.