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Mental health and wellbeing

It is well documented that one in four people in Scotland will experience mental health difficulties, and many more will know someone experiencing mental health difficulties at some point in their life.

At UWS we take the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students seriously and wish to signpost those seeking information and support, towards help.

Below you will find links to a number of external websites and apps that offer help and support around mental health and general wellbeing suitable for anyone.


  • The Mix

This crisis messenger texting service for U25s offers a trained response within 5 minutes of a text being sent.

In a crisis obtain help by phoning the emergency services by dialling 999, on campus dial 222 for a first aider, contact your GP, or contact NHS 24 by dialling 111.


  • Information and support for survivors of abuse




  • SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. Developed by the University of the West of England.

  • Mindshift (Free: Apple iOS and Android)

This app is designed for teenagers and young adults who want help with feelings of anxiety. The language and interface is simple, it provides some useful information about what anxiety is and helpful strategies to try to tackle it. There is also a nice quick tips section for use in panicky situations. And it's useful for adults too.


A guide for partners, carers and suffers of depression (VIDEO)



  • Glasgow Eating Disorders Support Group



  • The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.


  • TAKE 5 CAMPAIGN - five simple actions to help maintain and improve your emotional wellbeing in everyday life. Try to build these into your daily life. Think of them as your ‘five a day’ for emotional wellbeing.

  • This site shows you how you can use your natural creative skills to maintain and improve your wellbeing.

  • Live Happy (Free: iOS). This app is based on the realm of positive psychology: ideas for boosting optimum happiness using psychology, rather than only using psychological ideas, to treat unhappiness. It prompts you to engage in a range of activities, which research has shown can boost your mood. It includes goal-setting, savouring the present moment, thinking about your best possible self and many more features.

  • Guided Visualisations for Relaxation and Well-being


  • NHS list of mental health helplines

  • NHS Choices – an information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

  • David Crepaz-Keay explains why self-management is important in helping you to have the kind of life you want.

  • Doc Ready has info and advice about what to expect and how to plan speaking to a GP about your mental health.


  • Finding Peace in a Frantic World – an introduction to mindfulness with lots of free guided meditations.

  • Video with advice on taking time out to meditate

  • Headspace ­­App - mindfulness techniques have benefits for mood, attention and general coping skills for the ups and downs of life. This app gives you 10 short meditations, four brief videos explaining what meditation is and a series of facts and questions. Keep track of how many of the meditations you have listened to and try 10 minutes a day for 10 days.

  • An introduction to mindful self-compassion with free guided meditations.


  • Archway Glasgow provides forensic, medical, support and counselling services to anyone aged 13 and over who has been sexually assaulted within the last seven days. This is not a drop in service, you must telephone first.

  • Rape Crisis Scotland - provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.


  • Relationships Scotland’s  network provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across all of mainland and island Scotland.  Its work supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.


  • An Introduction to Self-Compassion with free guided meditations.

  • An introduction to mindful self-compassion with free guided meditations.


  • HARMLESS - a national voluntary organisation for people who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals.



  • Insomnia and sleep problem resources



  • Zero Suicide Alliance


  • Your Support Glasgow. This link covers Breathing Space, Samaritans, SAMH, and NHS24 as well as Self Harm and  Good local links and resources.

  • NHS list of mental health helplines

  • Online modules on wide range of topics (eg assertiveness, self-esteem, health anxiety and bipolar disorder)

  • NHS Northumberland online leaflet library – wide range of topics.

Last updated: 27/02/2019