Mental health problems

The Disability Team provides a confidential support service for disabled students, including individuals who have longstanding mental health problems. We advise on reasonable adjustments and communicate the support that has been recommended to other University Services and Academic Schools.

To help us consider appropriate course adjustments and support, we will ask you to provide up to date information about your mental health condition (no older than 2 years) from your GP, psychologist, psychiatrist or mental health practitioner.

Students who have a longstanding mental health condition and are ordinarily resident in the UK may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The Disability Team can offer guidance on the process and help with applications.  Further information regarding DSA is available from your respective funding authority:

If you decide not to apply for DSA, or are not eligible for it, the Disability Team will still be able to advise you on what support is available to you so please get in touch with us.

You can make an appointment to speak to a Disability Adviser by emailing

Links to useful information and support:

Should you need assistance with personal care or independent living, please go to our Independent living guidance on our website for further information.

Student Services has a team of  Student Life and Wellbeing Advisers who are experienced in dealing with various issues. This service is available for all students and is particularly helpful if you are unsure which support service is best for you. If you wish to speak to an Adviser then please contact the Student Life and Wellbeing Team.

There may be times that you wish to access Counselling.  Student Services has an experienced team of professional counsellors who offer short-term, solution focused support.  If you have a longstanding or complex mental health condition, it is important that you keep in regular contact with your GP, CPN, Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist as these specialist practitioners will be your primary contacts in regards to your ongoing care.

Silver Cloud is an online self-help cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for students with low mood, anxiety, stress or worries about body image. There are two versions: one which you can access yourself and another which is supported. The supported version is suitable for individuals who would prefer to go through the different modules with a Support Adviser.

Student Minds is a St Andrew’s student-led campaign group who aims to promote mental wellbeing and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Breathing Space Scotland is a web service and phone-line available 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday – 6am Monday) and 6pm – 2am on Weekdays (Monday – Thursday) on 0800 83 85 87