How to access services and support

You can get advice and guidance from your GP, including the Student Medical Centre on Talbot Campus. Or check the following information and support services:


More information

In simple terms, depression is described as being persistently sad for weeks or months at a time. However, it is much more complex than this.

Depression affects different people in different ways with a huge variety of symptoms. At its mildest, depression will make someone feel low all the time and at its most severe, it can make a sufferer feel suicidal. Depression can be difficult to manage alone. If you think you are suffering from depression, just talking to someone you trust about how you feel is an important first step. 


What to do if you think you have depression

Depression manifests itself in many ways; from having no motivation, frequently crying, problems with sleeping - either too much or not at all, thoughts of harming yourself, loss of appetite, feeling helpless, restless or agitated.

If this sounds like you, remember that you are not alone – there is help and support available and you can learn to manage your symptoms. Your GP can give you advice in the first instance and never underestimate the importance of opening up to a good friend.

There is no need to feel ashamed about depression and you’ll be amazed at how supportive people can be.


Support within BU

You can always get in touch with our support teams on campus, including the Student Medical Centre, ​the Achieve@BU team, Student Wellbeing, Faith & Reflection and SUBU Advice. If you're in BU accommodation, our ResLifeBU team are there to support your wellbeing.

The University Retreat provides a safe space if you feel that you are struggling to cope and need help. You don't need an appointment; just pop in and talk to one of our friendly team, it's open from Monday to Saturday, 2pm - 9pm. 


External support

There is plenty of professional support available, including: 

Urgent support

You can always contact the following services 24/7: 

  • If you need urgent medical help, call NHS 111
  • If you need immediate medical help or attention, call 999 or 01202 962222 if you’re on campus.


Speak to your programme team

Depression may impact on your academic work and, depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to an extension or postponement. Talk to your Personal Tutor, Programme Leader (PL) or Programme Support Officer (PSO) to find out more about exceptional circumstances.


Self-help tips

Here are some self-help measures for reducing the symptoms of depression:

  • Seek support from and confide in someone you trust
  • Keep active – regular exercise can be very effective in lifting your mood
  • Try and do something you enjoy every day, even if it's just something small like taking a hot bath
  • Try to eat healthy food and avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs as these can make depression worse
  • Learn relaxation techniques such as Yoga and Mindfulness. Visit  to learn how to be mindful in your everyday life
  • Write down a list of anything that is bothering you
  • Set yourself small, achievable goals and work towards them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you feel more in control of your life.