Many people think that mental health conditions are very rare, but 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness during their lifetime.


We all have mental health, just like we have physical health. Our minds can become unwell just like our bodies can. Your mental health can fluctuate and change at any time. Sometimes your mental health will have no negative effect on your life at all when other times it could be seriously affecting how you feel.


That’s why we’re firm believers in doing our best to look after our mental health and trying new things to improve it, whether that is through meditation and mindfulness or seeking support through counselling or therapy.


If you're experiencing a period of mental ill health, you may find you would like to talk to our Student Welfare team. The best thing to do is to seek support as soon as possible. The Student Welfare team is made up of professionally qualified counsellors and mental health advisers. They can offer one to one counselling, wellbeing and health advice.

Whilst counselling and more structured support can really help you feel better, it is important to know that it is not an emergency service. If you feel in crisis or don't think you can keep yourself safe there are other 24 hour services which are available. This is through your own GP or at Leeds General Infirmary [LGI] Accident and Emergency.

Emergency services 999

NHS 111 for urgent,

but not life threatening care.

LGI Tel: 0113 243 2799

Connect: 0808 800 1212

Connect is a telephone helpline open 6pm-2am every night of the year for people living in Leeds.  The service provides emotional support and information for people in distress.

Samaritans: 116 123 free from any phone or contact the Leeds branch on

0113 245 6789

Samaritans provide round the clock emotional support.

our top tips

If you’re in need of help, please don’t wait to reach out. Whether you feel more comfortable popping the Union a message or dropping by the Student Welfare office, we are here to help. Just talking about how you are feeling will help you begin to feel better and we’ll be here to support you.

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Keep in touch

If you have missed timetabled studio practice, lectures or a deadline, please talk to a tutor on your course. Make sure you keep in touch with your tutor as they will be able to offer support and guidance to ensure you get the most out of your course.

Get a GP

Don’t wait until you need to visit the doctors to register. Register with a GP [doctor] as soon as you start your studies at University. It’s a quick job and will make sure you have the support when you need it. Find your local GP here.

Next steps

If your submissions and course have been affected by unexpected personal or health issues, then you can apply for Extenuating Circumstances. Just get in touch with your course administrator for more information about this process. 


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Leeds Arts University students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.


You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.


It is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them! Most members report feeling better and more able to cope with University life as a result of using the service and nearly 90% use Big White Wall outside of 9 - 5pm. To join, simply go to Big White Wall and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your University e-mail address.

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