Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service

Families, Friends & Support Staff


As someone with a close relationship with a student, you may be instrumental in making enquiries on their behalf (e.g. what support or arrangements may be of benefit) or informing them about the support available to them while studying.

For many students, their general practitioner (GP) at the local medical centre is usually involved in their care, whether this is as a first port-of-call or with ongoing care, and they will act as the primary link with NHS services. The University Counselling Service provides therapeutic counselling to students for emotional and psychological difficulties and runs workshops for students to help develop preventative and coping strategies.

The University Mental Health Support Team aims to help students take control over their difficulties in the context of their studies, and thereby aim to assist students to have a more productive approach to their education. We do this in a number of ways (click here for more details) and recognise the importance of families, friends and colleagues in achieving these aims. Please read through the information about these services and our Frequently Asked Questions which may provide you with more information about the way in which we can work with you. If you are a member of staff looking for advice about student mental health, you may also wish to take a look at our staff webpages.

In addition, you may also be wishing to know how to help a student directly. If this is the case, you may wish to look at the following websites:

Mind - Information and Advice
Information about mental health, including a Frequently Asked Questions section.
Mind resources for Carers
Information from Mind on caring for someone with a mental health difficulty.
Funding for additional resources
Students experiencing mental health difficulties may also be eligible for additional funding for resources, from the Disabled Students Allowance.
Self-help and mood-boosting books in the Library
The Reading Well books on prescription and other mood-boosting titles can now be access from the University Library.
NHS Resources - Self Help Guides
Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Titles cover a range of mental health issues.
UMHAN page on supporting students at University.
Information from the University Mental Health Advisers Network on supporting student before, during and leaving University.
Parent's guide to depression
Information that may help you if your son or daughter seems depressed

If you feel we can be of assistance to someone you know please contact us. Our details are on the right-hand side of this page.


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Opening times

Monday – Friday
09.30 to 16.30

Contact Us

Mental Health Support Team

01509 228338

Urgent Help

We do not provide out-of-hours crisis support and in such a situation you should contact healthcare services.


Self-help information on a range of mental health issues and the Reading Well scheme.

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