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Suicide prevention and awareness

‘See – Say – Signpost’: together we can build a suicide safer University community

See – Say – Signpost’ suicide prevention and awareness training image

See – Say – Signpost’ suicide prevention and awareness training

The subject matter of this training resource may be challenging, particularly if you have lost someone to suicide. You may wish to have someone supportive nearby while undertaking the training, and should you wish to access some support from the University you are warmly encouraged to access support via Occupational Staff or urgent assistance.

In Crisis now?

You can contact the following:

  • Emergency Services - 999
  • Breathing Space (Scotland) 0800 83 8587
    (open from 6pm – 2am Monday to Friday. Weekends: open Friday from 6pm till 6am Monday)
  • Samaritans: 08457 90 9090 or 116 123 free from any phone or 0330 094 5717 local call charges apply
  • Additional Crisis contact points for staff in the event of emergencies, crises or urgent situations.

Resources for staff


  • Andy's Man Club

Andy's Man Club is moving online to run their weekly groups, if you are interested in attending, please email:


University wellbeing for staff

Coronavirus wellbeing for staff

Useful Wellbeing links


Self-help resources

Shelf-help library

Wellbeing reading list

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Wellness Action Plans for work (Mind)

Support for staff

University contacts

Occupational Health (daytime): 01334 462750

Human Resources (daytime): 01334 46 ????

St Andrews COVID Helpdesk: 01334 464146

Staff Crisis contact points

Report and Support tool

All employees, students, and members of the public can use Report and Support to report complaints or concerns to the University and access support information.

Find out more about Report and Support

Occupational Health

Wellbeing advisor

CBT advisor

Occupational Health Nurse

Occupational Health Doctor


Mediation helps people to address their differences and disagreements. It might be a work relationship, or a disagreement over a decision or strategy. Whatever it is, mediation helps people to talk collaboratively.
For more information please visit The Mediation Service

Student-facing staff

If you are concerned about a student’s wellbeing you can contact Student Services at, or if out of hours via the Security and Response team (+44 (0)1334 46 8999).

Student Services’ team of clinical supervisors also provides a collaborative and confidential consultation service to student-facing staff members. This would usually involve a conversation with a colleague experienced in reflective practice, otherwise known as clinical supervision. They will use their skills to facilitate reflection about emotionally charged or challenging conversations and situations with students, to explore options for resolution and support. You can contact the team at

Consultation Service

Staff working in the Consultation Service provide confidential advice to all University Staff who work with or who encounter students with mental health needs.

We recognise that University staff who are dealing with the needs of students can encounter or face stressful circumstances.  The feeling of being alone with a problem can create work stress and a sense of isolation.  As a university community we are committed to supporting our staff and our students.  A key benefit of our Service is that it reduces this feeling of being alone in managing a problem.

In the event of urgent and emergency care please follow the link:

To enquire about personal counselling please follow the link:

How to access the service:

The consultation team can be contacted by telephone and e-mail to request further information:

Address: Eden Court, The Scores, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9AS
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1334 462020 


Consultation Team

Mr. Rupert Spiers (Clinical Supervisor) 
To find out more about Rupert here
Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 7pm 

Dr. Maria Dempster (Clinical Supervisor)
To find out more about Maria here
Thursday and Friday 9am – 7pm

Wellbeing & Engagement Group

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email:

Further resources

Report & Support Tool
All employees, students, and members of the public can use Report and Support to report complaints or concerns to the University and access support information.

University staff wellbeing

Coronavirus wellbeing

Useful wellbeing links

Healthy sleep


Suicide prevention strategy (Word, 156 KB)