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Support for students

Mental health problems are more common among people studying in academic environments than the general population. For students University life comes with its challenges, including intense studying, stressful exams and living away from home.

The University offers the following services to help:

The Counselling Service

Offers a team of professional counsellors and psychotherapists providing confidential help with any personal issues affecting work, self-esteem, relationships, mental health or general well-being.

The Disability Support Office

The DSO is able to provide support where appropriate to students with mental health problems.

If a student has a mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities then they are protected by The Equality Act (2010) under the protected characteristic of 'Disability'. This means that they are protected by law from discrimination as a result of their mental health problem. The University may make reasonable adjustments that enable the student to study at no disadvantage where necessary.

The Occupational Health Service

The Occupational Health Service provides a confidential service to protect the health of students and assesses and advises on fitness to study to ensure that health issues are effectively managed.

Togetherall (Formely Big White Wall)

A free, 24/7 online mental health resource has launched for all University of Manchester students, researchers and staff to mark World Mental Health Day.

Togetherall includes self-guided courses, personal assessments and peer to peer support for those living with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – and those interested in exploring resources to support their wellbeing. It is monitored 24/7 by trained counsellors and complements our existing University support services.

Sarah Littlejohn, Head of Campus Life, said: “Mental health is one of the top issues for our students and staff and we are committed to investing in the wellbeing of all members of our University community.

“Togetherall offers a round-the-clock space for our students and staff to express how they are feeling, complete guided courses and seek support in a safe and anonymous environment – importantly one that is monitored by clinical professionals. 


Policies and Guidance


We have a variety of leaflets and resources available for different aspects of mental health - if you would like any of these, please mail the office and they can be despatched to you.