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Mental Health Resources

First Response Service (FRS)

The FRS supports people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The First Response Service 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

University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is available to all undergraduate students in residence and graduate students on the register

      Cambridge University Counselling Service
      2-3 Bene't Place,
      Lensfield Road,
      Cambridge CB2 1EL.

      Tel: 01223 332865

For more information please visit their website at  www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/

As well as one to one sessions the Counselling Service offers groups & workshops on a variety of different issues.  They also produce some excellent self help leaflets on common problems such as Anxiety, Coping with Exams, Work-block & Insomnia. 

How to access service:

To self refer for individual counselling please complete the service's  Pre Counselling Form.  To register for a group or workshop phone (3)32865 or email: counsellingreception@admin.cam.ac.uk

Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT) 

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 p[sychological or talking thearapies more accessible to people experiencing common mental health problems. Click here for more information and to self refer. 


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.