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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.

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

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.

Samaritans: 116 123 free from any phone or contact the Leeds branch on 0113 245 6789

Samaritans provide round the clock emotional support.


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


You will have access to a 24 hour community and professional support from trained counsellors. Endsleigh provides a safe space  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, you can also speak with legal and financial advisors for practical information.




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



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.

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.





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. 


Run by Student Minds, Student Space is here to make it easier for you to find the support that you may need during the coronavirus pandemic. However you're feeling, help and guidance is available. Through Student Space, you can explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help you with the challenges of student life. 

There are 3 main ways that Student Space is committed to helping you during the pandemic:

  1. Access to dedicated support services for students, by phone or text

  2. Information and tools to help you through the challenges of coronavirus

  3. Helping you find what support is available at the university 

The support provided by Student Space is safe, confidential and developed with students and experts in student wellbeing and mental health. We will be adding new services and information to the platform on a regular basis in line with emerging student needs to ensure that it is relevant to you.


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