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Mental health support

There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, and students are being faced with challenges not yet seen before, which might make you more vulnerable to feeling anxious, depressed or just low.

Whether or not you have struggled in the past with mental health issues, take a bit of time to actively focus on your wellbeing and remember that whatever you’re going through, support is available at Kent.

What mental health issues can the University’s Wellbeing Team help with?

The Wellbeing Team can help with issues such as stress and anxiety, panic attacks, depression, eating difficulties, sleep problems, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Is there any professional mental health support offered by the University?

The Wellbeing Team consists of Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and Student Mentors. Mental Health Advisers are specialist practitioners who can offer mental health advice and support. They can provide short term focused interventions to promote wellbeing and support students to develop coping strategies, and help put in place an ILP or ‘inclusive learning plan’ if required.

We also have a free confidential Counselling service for all Kent students.

What about additional support?

There are many ways you can access mental health support. Togetherall offers 24/7 online mental health support overseen by qualified therapists. You can also give Canterbury Nightline a call to speak to a trained student volunteer about anything that may be troubling you during the night.

There are lots of charities such as Mind and Rethink Mental Illness who have many online resources. See our mental health webpage for more ways to access support.

Are there any wellbeing events or groups I can join at Kent?

Take a look at the Student Support and Wellbeing events calendar to meet others and find ways to support your mental health. There are regular events such as the online Wellbeing Café, International Wellbeing Group, student mindfulness sessions, social groups for autistic students and more.

Don’t forget to follow the Student Support and Wellbeing Team on social media @UniKentSSW for mental health and wellbeing free activities, events, peer support groups and online resources.

What should I do if I need urgent mental health support?

Please see our emergency support webpage for information on urgent mental health support.