Sometimes we just need to talk to someone in confidence. We are committed to listening to you and to working with you to develop constructive ways forward. Talk to someone, don't try to go it alone!

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People who can help

People who can help

  • Your Personal Academic Tutor may be the person you go to first - if they don’t have all the answers, they will be able to put you in contact with the right people to help
  • If you study in-person at one of our college centres, you might prefer to talk to the local centre staff who will be able to put you in touch with Student Support, or may know of other local services which might help
  • You might choose to go to your GP
  • In addition to the local offer, UHI offers the Green Button - a free, confidential online counselling service: online counselling allows you to access support at a time and in a place which is convenient to you
What is counselling and how does it work? content

What is counselling and how does it work?

What is counselling and how does it work?

Counselling is a talking therapy provided in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to talk about any issues or concerns you have. Being able to express and explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours gives you the opportunity to develop a better understanding of yourself and others.

The aim is to enable you to find your own solutions, whether that is making effective changes in your life or to find ways of coping with your situation.

Visit Thinking About Therapy? for more information on counselling and therapy. This useful website provides guidance on what therapy is and how it can help you; what to expect from a session, along with a host of other beneficial resources.

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How can I access counselling?

How can I access counselling?

  • Contact your Student Support team who can help you to arrange an appointment with our Student Counsellors. We can also offer acccess to an external counsellor and other local help.
  • You can contact our counselling team directly on
  • Or by filling in this short request form

This service is completely confidential. Our counsellors are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Please read our Privacy Notice for further information on how your data will be handled by the university counselling service.

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Urgent mental health support

Sometimes your mental health can't wait - especially if you're struggling over the weekend or during the holidays. Here are some key contacts:

  • NHS 24 offers out of hours medical advice, call 111
  • If there is a threat to life call 999 for emergency help immediately
  • Text "YM" (if you're under 19) or "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line
  • You can call the Samaritans on 116 123 to talk to someone at any time, day or night - or email if you prefer
  • Breathing Space helpline is there to listen, call 0800 83 85 87 (Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am, Friday 6pm-Monday 6am)
  • 24/7 support available with visit
  • Over 18s 24/7 online support with