University can be an incredibly challenging period of time, whatever your prior experiences may be. It is normal to experience poor mental health at some point during your student journey and Beds SU encourages you to reach out for support as soon as possible. 

Below are details of some trusted support services both within and beyond the University. If you still have questions or would like to discuss mental health support further, or if one of these worked well for you and you'd like to pass this on to others in a similar position, please contact

IN AN EMERGENCY: if you/someone else is at risk of immediate harm, call 999

University Services 

Counselling - read more about their work here 

Mental Health Team - read more about their work here 

National Services (available 24 hours a day)

National Health Service (NHS) - call 111

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's physical or mental wellbeing, call 111: they will listen and signpost you to the most appropriate place for support.

Samaritans - call 116 123

Free, confidential listening service available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Shout - text "shout" to 85258

Free, confidential text messaging support service available 24 hours a day for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Get Self Help -

Online information that helps people to help themselves, including tools to help manage anxiety.

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - call 0800 689 5652

Offers a supportive listening service 24 hours a day, through the UK for anyone with thoughts of suicide and self-harm.

Other National Services

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - call 0800 585858 (5pm to midnight, daily)

Suicide prevention helpline available from 17:00 - 00:00 daily.