Mental health and wellbeing

There is a range of support available for students within and beyond the University for mental health and wellbeing.

In crisis now?

Essential contact points for students in the event of emergencies, crises or urgent situations.

Student Services

Student Services’ Wellbeing, Counselling and Mental Health service has been awarded APPTS accreditation and offers a range of support options.You can get in touch with Student Services to access an appointment, or for some advice or information, by emailing The ASC will be able to help connect you with the right service, but please bear in mind they are currently delivering their services remotely. You can also access our service via our online booking page.

GP, NHS, or private therapy

You may wish to access support outwith the University. There are a range of options available to you, but a great starting point is making an appointment with your GP (Doctor).To find information on therapists or counsellors in your local area, you may find the BABCP or BACP websites a helpful resource.

University Residences & Out of Hours help

If you are living in University residences, you can call your hall’s duty phone to speak to the duty assistant warden for help and advice out of hours, or email with non-urgent enquiries.

All students can access help out of hours via the University Security and Response team.

SilverCloud CBT

SilverCloud is available to all staff and students and is an online resource that offers support using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods to address a range of issues including:

  • low mood and depression
  • anxiety
  • body image
  • Covid-19 and returning to study

You can sign up to SilverCloud and access helpful content that comprises of audio, text and video clips that can be accessed at any time.


The University Library has a selection of books which explore common problems that students may face. These books are available to borrow from the Library or read online. If further support is required a student can make an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser at Student Services.


Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening and information service run by students and for students every night of term time. If you want to speak to another student, in confidence, about anything, give them a call. They are also there for information about St Andrews (including exam timetables).

Phone 8pm-7am: 01334 46 22 66 (ext. 22 66 in halls)

Skype: @StAndrewsNightline

Instant Message (until midnight): https://nline.IM/

Email 24 hours:

Peer Support

The Students’ Association’s Peer Support Network is still operating remotely; you can get in touch with Peer Support by emailing

External sources of support

  Phone: 116 123

Breathing Space (for people in Scotland)
  Phone: +44 (0)800 83 85 87
  Opening hours:
  Weekdays - Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am
  Weekends - Friday, 6pm to Monday, 6am

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
  Phone: +44 (0)800 58 58 58
  Webchat is open 5pm to midnight every night for free and confidential support.

Andy’s Man Club
  Online support groups for men over 18 years of age.

SHOUT Text Messaging Support
  To start a conversation, text “FIFE” to 85258. Free, confidential support, 24/7