Wellbeing and support

James College Team

We are here to make your time here as healthy and problem-free as we can. For most people, coming to University is a major life-changing opportunity which can bring with it new types of stress and unfamiliar feelings, such as homesickness. Most of the time, your existing support network of friends and family, or some self-help resources, will be enough to manage the challenges. However, if you need extra help, or you're not sure where to turn, please talk to us.

Email: james-help@york.ac.uk

In an emergency, always contact security on 01904 32 3333 (or for the emergency services, 999)

Peer Support

Througout your first year in James, you will have access to our peer support programmes. This begins on the day you arrive, when you will meet your Second and Third Year Contacts (STYCs). STYCs volunteer for the whole of Freshers' Week, and will be on hand every day to show you around and answer any questions you have.

After Freshers' Week, a few STYCs will stay on as Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMs). STYMs will see you every few weeks, and provide additional advice, support and an opportunity to discuss important issues such as housing, exams and mental health.


At the University of York, our students are encouraged to find ways to manage their workload and time, and to develop strategies to manage the challenges of life at University. There are a lot of resources and information that can help, and on your College Orientation Day (Monday 30th September), we'll be exploring a few of them with you.


Useful links:

University Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health



Do you have any concerns?

Are you concerned about someone else?

Tips for wellbeing