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External support

The Counselling and Health Advice Service aims to offer support to students who need help. Sometimes this means helping students to access services outside of UAL that can offer longer term or specialist support.

We do not endorse any of these organisations, but have compiled a list of organisations that you may find helpful.

Emergencies

In a life threatening or urgent emergency, ask for help immediately.

Emergency help

Local counselling services in London

Self Help

  • Abuse

    The Havens

    The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

    Phone: 020 3299 6900


    London Trauma Specialists

    Private service offering trauma focused psychological therapy.

    Phone: 0208 1917250

    Email: info@londontraumaspecialists.com


    NAPAC

    Supporting recovery from Child Abuse. NAPAC offers phone and email support to survivors of sexual abuse during childhood. They also run support groups in London.

    Phone: 0808 801 0331


    NHS – Help after Rape or Sexual Assault

    NHS advice after sexual assault

    Phone: 111 or 999 in an emergency


    Nia

    Providing services for women, children and young people who have experienced male violence


    One in Four

    Supporting people who have experienced child sexual abuse and trauma


    Revenge Porn Helpline

    This site provides Online Welfare Advice Packs for University Students

    These advice packs cover a range of topics and aim to promote online welfare, encourage students to create a positive online presence and find support if things go wrong.

    Helpline: 03456 000 459 (10am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.)


    Respond

    Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy,campaigning and other support.

  • Addiction

    AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

    AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics

    Helpline: 0800 9177 650

    Email: help@aamail.org


    Al-Anon

    Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.

    Helpline: 0800 0086 811


    ASCA – Addiction Support and Care Agency

    Counselling and group services for alcohol and drug misusers in Richmond and Kingston boroughs.


    Blenheim

    Drug and alcohol addiction charity running services throughout London area.


    Club Drug Clinic

    The CNWL Club Drug Clinic is a free service dedicated to club drug users living in the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Offers drop in service, no appointment necessary.


    EACH Counselling

    Counselling service in Ealing, West London that includes support with addictions.


    Frank

    Friendly, confidential drugs advice with drugs A – Z and online chat daily 2 to 6pm.


    NA – Narcotics Anonymous

    NA run groups to support abstinence from use of all drugs.

    Helpline: 0300 999 1212


    Phoenix Futures

    Phoenix Futures are a charity and housing association which helps people overcome drug and alcohol problems.


    Royal College of Psychiatrists

    Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the connection between alcohol and depression.

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety UK

    Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression.


    Centre for Clinical Interventions

    The Centre for Clinical Interventions has various self help resources for addressing anxiety.


    NHS – Generalised anxiety disorder in adults

    NHS information on anxiety


    No Panic

    No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.


    Royal College of Psychiatrists – Anxiety, Panic and Phobias

    Information on anxiety, panic and phobias

  • BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic)

    The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

    BAATN is the home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.


    Black Minds Matter UK

    Black Minds Matter is providing black people in the UK with FREE therapy with professional black therapists.

    You can select a therapist from their website based on your needs, arrange a session and they will cover the cost.


    Chinese International Students Wellbeing Support Centre

    CISC are committed to providing a full spectrum of support to Chinese international students who are living in the UK and to provide them with emotional wellbeing support that will help the Chinese international students community in the cultural adaptation process and achieve their academic goals and personal aims.


    Nafsiyat

    Nafsiyat offers free short-term intercultural therapy to people from diverse backgrounds who live in Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey. They also have a paying service for residents of other boroughs.


    Shades of Noir

    Shades of Noir can support BAME UAL students through a variety of activities including safe crits.

  • Bereavement

    Bereavement Advice Centre

    Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service. They give practical information and advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close.

    Helpline: 0800 634 9494 - Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm


    CCIWBS

    Bereavement counselling service for Camden, City, Islington and Westminster residents.


    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Cruse offer support, advice and information when someone dies. Includes information on bereavement counselling services.


    The Good Grief Trust

    Information and support for the bereaved.


    Hope Again

    Bereavement support and information for young people, provided by Cruse.


    The Loss Foundation

    The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer.


    Royal College of Psychiatrists - Bereavement

    Information on bereavement.


    SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter)

    SAMM is a national UK Charity supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter.

    Helpline: 0845 872 3440


    Southwark Carers Bereavement Counselling Service

    Confidential bereavement counselling service for people living in Southwark.


    Suicide Bereaved Network

    Provides peer support to anyone who has experienced suicide loss.


    Support After Suicide Partnership

    This is a network of organisations that support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide


    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)

    SoBS exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

    National Helpline: 0300 111 5065 - 9am-9pm Monday to Friday

  • Carers

    Carers Trust

    Carers Trust provides a directory of organisations that support carers.


    Carers UK

    Carers UK provides advice, information and support to carers.


    Southwark Carers

    Counselling service for carers in Southwark.


    UAL - Student Carers

    Information from UAL about student carers.

  • Couples and Family Therapy

    Institute of Family Therapy

    The Institute of Family Therapy (IFT) offer help to couples, families and other relationship groups who are finding relationships problematic and would like the opportunity to explore and think about those issues.


    Relate

    Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support.


    Tavistock Relationships

    Tavistock Relationships supports couples through therapy and psychoeducation.

  • Domestic Violence

    Galop

    LGBT+ anti violence charity supports those who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.


    Respect UK

    Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.


    Solace Women’s Aid

    Free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse.


    Women and Girls Network

    Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence.


    Woman’s Trust

    Woman’s Trust is a charity that provides free counselling and therapy for female survivors of domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and other forms of domestic abuse.

  • Eating Disorders

    Beat

    Support for people with eating disorders.

  • LGBT+

    Albany Trust

    Albany Trust Charity is one of the few specialist counselling and psychotherapy services based within South London, that provides high quality professional support around gender, sexuality and relationship issues.


    Beaumont Society

    The Beaumont society offers help and support for the transgender community.


    Cliniq

    Holistic wellbeing, counselling and sexual health services for trans people, their partners and friends.


    Galop

    An LGBT+ anti-violence charity supporting those who have experienced hate crimes, domestic abuse or sexual violence.


    Gendered Intelligence

    A charity specialising in raising awareness of gender diversity.


    GIRES

    GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.


    GMFA

    GMFA is the UK's leading charity dedicated to gay men's health.


    London Friend

    London Friend support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London.


    Mermaids

    Mermaids campaigns on trans issues and offers support to young people and their families.


    Metro

    Equality and diversity charity providing health, community and youth services in London and the South East.


    Spectra

    Sexual health service also offering counselling and support groups for trans people. Support offered across London and specifically in Merton and Wandsworth.


    Switchboard – LGBT Helpline

    Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most.

    Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (10am - 10pm daily)

  • Mental Health

    Bipolar UK

    Bipolar UK provide support and information about bipolar disorder.


    Centre for Clinical Interventions

    The Centre for Clinical Interventions is an Australian website providing a variety of online information sheets and workbooks on mental health. Issues covered include anxiety, depression, perfectionism and social anxiety along with many others.


    Every Mind Matters

    This is an NHS led initiative to support good mental health. It includes a quiz to help you develop a personalised plan to support good mental health.


    Mentally Chill

    UAL’s Students’ Union runs Mentally Chill, a society for those with mental health illness. The society’s aim is to reach out and help others in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.


    Mind A-Z Mental Health

    Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their website includes a guide to different mental health issues. Some local branches of Mind also provide low cost counselling.


    NHS Mental Health Apps Library

    A directory of apps recommended by the NHS for mental health concerns such as self-harming, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.


    NHS Moodzone

    NHS information on how to manage stress, anxiety and depression.


    Rethink

    Rethink provides information on services and local support groups. They also have fact sheets on medication and mental health conditions and symptoms.


    Royal College of Psychiatrists

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body representing psychiatrists. Their website contains a useful directory of problems and disorders including symptoms and treatment information.

  • Personality Disorders

    Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder: Finding a Way Forward

    Online video by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust explaining more about Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.


    Mind Reframed - DBT Programme

    Mind Reframed offer private Dialectical Behaviour Therarpy for individual's diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please note this is a private service and charges fees


    Rethink – Personality Disorder

    Rethink are a charity providing information and advice about mental health. Here they provide information on personality disorders.


    Royal College of Psychiatrists – Personality Disorder

    Information on symptoms and treatment for personality disorders.

  • Sexual Health

    56 Dean St

    Dean St is an NHS HIV and STI clinic in Soho


    BPAS

    British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is the UK's leading abortion care service.


    Brook

    Brook provides free advice on sexual health and wellbeing.


    Marie Stopes

    Marie Stopes is the leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK.


    NUPAS

    National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) has been commissioned by the NHS to provide FREE pregnancy advice, counselling and abortion termination treatment clinics including pregnancy testing and STI screening.


    Terrence Higgins Trust

    THT provides HIV testing, STI testing, sexual health information and therapy services for people living with HIV.

  • Stress

    Mind information on Stress

    Mind leaflet on stress and how to manage it.


    NHS – how to deal with Stress

    NHS information on how to deal with stress.

  • Suicide Prevention

    CALM

    The Campaign Against Living Miserably works to prevent male suicide.

    Helpline: 0808 802 58 58


    The Listening Place

    The Listening Place offers face to face support for those who feel that life is no longer worth living.


    Maytree

    Maytree offers a sanctuary for the suicidal. Maytree aims to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope.


    Papyrus

    PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They run a helpline for young people under 35 who are having suicidal thoughts or feelings.

    Helpline: 0800 068 4141

    Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

  • Wellbeing

    The Free Mindfulness Project

    The Free Mindfulness Project hosts a growing collection of free-to-download mindfulness meditation exercises.


    Headspace

    Headspace is a meditation app with free and paid services.


    Mindfulness for Students

    A site with mindfulness information at exercises, directed at students.


    Moodgym

    Moodgym is an interactive online self-help resource to assist with anxiety and depression.