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Mental Health Advisor and Resources

If you are injured or in immediate danger, ask the porters to call 999. If you need to speak to someone urgently, please follow the advice listed under 'Emergencies' and keep the college welfare team informed. In other cases, see 'Other Support' and 'Coping with Stress'.

Mental Health Advisor, Ms Leanne Freear

Leanne is the College’s mental health advisor. She is a qualified mental health nurse with many years experience and training as a health professional. She offers support to the whole college community with all aspects of wellbeing and mental health. For those struggling with mental health concerns or with autism or ADHD, she can offer assessments, treatment advice and refer or liaise with other services as needed. She can also provide practical advice to all students on managing and reducing stress, improving sleep, healthy living and time management, for example. She can also offer counselling or other psychological interventions. Her aim is to help you with any difficulties you may be experiencing so that you can continue your studies successfully and have the best possible experience during your time here in Cambridge.

Leanne works on a full time basis all year round. She works Monday to Friday with varying hours, on two days a week she works later to provide appointments in the evening.  She is based upstairs at the Cottage Flat next to the ward library on Little St Mary's Lane. Appointments at the moment due to covid are remote using either a phone call or virtual means like zoom, skype etc , but please contact her if there are any issues with this as alternative arrangements can be made. Leanne can be telephoned or emailed to arrange times to meet until her online Moodle booking is live.

Any information shared during consultations is treated in the strictest medical confidence and will not be divulged without your consent or co-operation (please see confidentiality statement for more details).


**To book an appointment,

please email: mha@pet.cam.ac.uk  or call her (Office Tel: 01223 330985 - it will forward to her mobile).**

other email: Leanne.freear@pet.cam.ac.uk


Caring for your Mental Health During the Lockdown 

Please take a look at Public Health England's advice on mental health during lockdown:




(1) In and out of hours you can contact the porters who will call the Mental Health Advisor on her mobile.

(2) University Mental Health Advisers

If our Mental Health Advisor is away, the University has other mental health advisers who are available during office hours. Please contact the Welfare Co-ordinator, College Nurse or your tutor for an urgent referral.

(3) GP

During office hours, you can also make an emergency appointment with your GP, who can offer support and make a referral.

(4) First Response Service

The First Response Service (FRS) supports people experiencing a mental health crisis, even when other sources of help are closed. It provides 24-hours access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice, support and treatment. 

By calling 111, and selecting option 2, you will be put through to a member of the FRS who will speak to you and discuss your current mental health needs. 

For more details see the FRS information leaflet


(5) Accident and Emergency

If you cannot get help through these routes within a reasonable amount of time, ask the porters to call a taxi on account to Accident and Emergency at the hospital.


Other Support

(1) College and University

If you want to speak to someone soon, but do not need to speak to someone immediately, please make an appointment with the Mental Health Advisor (see above), Welfare Co-ordinator, College Nurse, or your tutor for further guidance. You can also self-refer to the counselling service for university or college-based counselling. (NOTE: The UCS is not open during the coronavirus lockdown. Please call the Mental Health Advisor for help instead.)

(2) NHS

You can call your GP to make a non-urgent appointment to discuss mental health.

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's (CPFT) Psychological Wellbeing Service is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapties(IAPT) Services.  This is an NHS initiative designed to make psychological or talking thearapies more accessible to people experiencing common mental health problems. 

(3) Mental Health Charities


The UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders.  Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. 

Tel: 03456341414 (Mon-Weds 1pm-4pm) or email help@b-eat.co.uk


Mental Health charity.

Mind Info line: provides information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Tel: 0300 1233393 or text 86463.  Email: info@mind.org.uk

NIGHTLINE (formerly linkline)

Confidential night-time support service for Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin Universities.  This service is available 7pm-7am during the CU full term.

Telephone 01223 744 444.  Skype: Cambridge.Nightline.

Email:  email@cambridge.nightline.ac.uk (available anytime during the CU full term. Emails are answered within 48hrs)


National Charity for the prevention of young suicide.  They provide a HOPELineUK telephone service which is staffed by trained professional who give non judgmental support, practical advice and information.

Tel: 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697. Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends: 2pm-10pm & bank holidays: 2pm-5pm


Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to phone 116 123 (free). You don't have to be suicidal to call them! Details of  Cambridge Branch


A student run organisation, campaigning on Mental Health issues around the University. They have produced a Student Support Guide to mental health resources in Cambridge.


** Coping with Stress**

In times of stress it is important to make a special effort to look after yourself. A combination of taking regular exercise, healthy eating and drinking together with plenty of sleep and relaxation will get you through the tough times. Have you thought about?



Mindfulness at Cam

Mindfulness on Moodle