Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

Talk to us if you're experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood - it's confidential, completely free and open to all BU students.

Key information

Student Wellbeing are operating both from Talbot Campus and remotely. We are contactable via phone and email during our opening hours, Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm (term-time only).

We offer a range of options, including remote sessions via telephone and video, as well as our drop-in on campus, Monday to Friday, 1 - 2pm.

Please note: Over the summer break we're offering a reduced appointment based service, mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9.30am - 4pm. Please contact the team on email [email protected].

If you feel you need urgent help or support, you can contact the following services:

The Student Wellbeing service is run in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. It's confidential, completely free and open to all BU students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood.

We offer support around a range of issues and can help you to access more specialist services when needed. Here are some of the things we can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Low mood
  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • Lifestyle issues including difficulties sleeping or eating
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Bereavement
  • Isolation
  • Confidence issues
  • Advice if you are concerned about a friend.

Student Wellbeing offers short-term support for the above issues. Sometimes, after an initial assessment we will refer students onto a local NHS IAPT service which can offer support for specific anxiety disorders through CBT. We have a referral pathway with Steps 2 Wellbeing which ensures a smooth transition between services. You can find out about their service here 

To register for emotional support for stress, anxiety or low mood please see the how to refer section below.

Services available for you

What wellbeing support is available to me at BU and how can I use it?
How are you, really? We all know that being a uni student can be tough sometimes. Whatever the source of your feelings, it is important to remember to prioritise your wellbeing, both mental and physical. BU has a variety of wellbeing services available

Frequently Asked Questions

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