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Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Posted on 1 October 2021

Arriving at, or returning to, University is an exciting time, but it can also feel slightly daunting, so it’s good to know what resources are available for you to support your mental health and wellbeing throughout your time at York.

Take some time to look through the resources below so you can easily get the support you may need during your studies with us.


We have lots of information on issues that many students experience during their time at university, from dealing with academic pressures to homesickness, relationships, and stress. Find out how you can help yourself and how we can help you, too.

Advice A-Z

College support

Each college has College Life Coordinators and Advisers to provide confidential support. They are either existing or recent students and can help resolve issues or point you towards more specialist help, whether you are living on-campus or not.

Contact college support

Online support

Togetherall is a 24/7 online global community which provides a safe, confidential space to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better. Access is free to all University of York students - to join, simply sign up with your academic email address.

Register with Togetherall

Need something more? Open Door

Open Door is a team of Mental Health Practitioners and Student Wellbeing Officers providing support to registered students experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties. 

Open Door

Peer support

York Nightline

Between 8pm and 8am during term-time, you can Instant Message (IM) York Nightline volunteers to access this student-run confidential listening and information service. You can also email and they will respond within 48 hours. This service is completely confidential. They use anonymisation software so won't even know your email address.

Student Space

Student Space webchat provides free, confidential support from a trained volunteer from 4pm to 11pm every day. You can also email and they aim to reply within 24 hours. A trained supporter will respond by reflecting on what you’ve written, ask questions and make some suggestions.

Your health and wellbeing

All this information (and more) can be found on our health and wellbeing student pages, which list all sources of support available to you, both at the University and externally. It also details things that you can do to proactively support your own health and wellbeing.

The most important thing to remember is: if you start to feel overwhelmed - reach out to someone. There are many people here to help.

Health and wellbeing