Looking after your mental health

Page last updated:
08 Sep 2021

We know there's times you might need some support with your mental wellbeing. These resources can provide you with a range of information, advice and tools to help.

You can access this information alongside support you may already be receiving; or if you don’t feel ready to speak to someone but would like some further information on how to cope.

Alongside using these resources we strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or appropriate health professional about any concerns you may have. The information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional.

COVID-19 Information

Please see Leeds Beckett Covid-19 information page for updates and advice. You might also find the following links useful:

Online resources

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

Anyone aged over 17 and registered with a Leeds GP can register with the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service. They provide support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

Access a range of evidence-based psychological interventions, including group-based and 1:1 therapies, classes, one-off sessions and online support options, such as online self-help therapy.

Get Self Help

This website offers CBT self-help information and resources, including therapy worksheets on the free downloads pages.

Centre for Clinical Interventions

This website offers a number of workbooks and online modules on a whole range of specific mental health issues.

MoodGym

MoodGym is a free innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.

NHS Mood Zone

Whatever you need to know about boosting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Mood Zone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.

Doc Ready

Doc Ready helps you to get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health problems.

Feel Better Leeds

Brought to you by the NHS in Leeds, Feel Better is here to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best this winter. With all the advice you need to make sure you are getting the right help at the right time.

Uniheads

Online mental health training for students.

Sign up with your Leeds Beckett University email address.

Leeds Mind

The THRU Peer Support project (Talk, Help, Relate, Understand) is an award-winning service led by Leeds Mind.

THRU groups are a space to meet with other young people to share how you’re feeling and to develop new ways of managing your mental health.

They offer peer support group work for young people for up to six months. Access a weekly support group for those aged 18–25 years.

Leeds Recovery College

Access a range of free courses that focus on developing the knowledge and strength to overcome life’s challenges and live mentally and physically well.

Please see the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website for details on the range of free courses / classes available.

Mobile apps

Self-help mobile apps for mental health can be a really useful tool for when you’re out and about, and start to feel as though you are struggling with your mental health. Mobile apps offer a number of resources and therapeutic techniques that can be readily accessible in the palm of your hand to help you with issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping. Below are some of our picks that you can download from your mobile phone app store, but there are plenty more to choose from.

Calm is the number one app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more joy and peace to your daily life. It provides people experiencing anxiety and stress with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing techniques and relaxing music.

The DistrACT app gives people who self-harm and may feel suicidal easy and discreet access to information, advice and support.

SAM is a mobile app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who want to learn how to manage their anxiety through a variety of tools and self-help techniques.

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. The app will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

The Student Health app provides easy access to more than 900 pages of reliable health information all in one place. The content has been created for university students by NHS doctors and is regularly updated.

Speak to someone

A new 24-hour mental health helpline is now available for residents in Leeds and neighbouring areas (Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley).

The helpline provides confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone concerned about their mental health. Trained telephone advisers will provide support for people in distress who need someone to talk to, and also refer people to services for further help.

The Connect helpline is open 18:00–02:00 every night of the year for people in Leeds, providing emotional support for people who are in crisis, anxious, depressed or lonely.

Nightline is a confidential, anonymous listening and information service run by students for students. Their phone line is open from 20:00 until 08:00, seven days a week during term time.

Samaritans offer confidential, non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day for people experiencing distress or despair.

HOPELINE is a confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide. Opening hours are 10:00–22:00 weekdays, 14:00–22:00 weekends and 14:00–22:00 bank holidays.

The Mix provides support for under 25s on a whole range of issues. You can talk to them online, on social or via their confidential helpline about any issues you are experiencing. They are open 11:00–23:00 every day.

Cruse Bereavement Care offers emotional support to anyone affected by the loss of someone they know. They are available Monday and Friday 09:30–17:00 and Tuesday to Thursday 09:30–20:00.

If you need help with regards to mental or physical health, but it is not an emergency, you can ring the NHS on 111 for telephone support and advice.

Looking for something else?

There's lots of helpful advice and guidance on our student information pages. Try searching if you know what you're looking for or if you're not sure where to go, you can browse our A-Z.