If you are seriously 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 20 years experience as a health professional. She offers support to the whole college community with all aspects of wellbeing and mental health. She can offer assessments, treatment advice and signposting for those struggling with their mental health or other concerns such as ADHD and autism. She can also provide practical advice on managing stress, improving sleep, healthy living and time management, for example, as well as 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 throughout the year. She works Monday to Friday with varying hours, on two days per week (Usually Mondays and Thursdays), she works longer hours to provide evening appointments.  She is based upstairs at the Cottage Flat next to the Ward library on Little St Mary's Lane. Appointments at the moment are either in person (in the Cottage Flat) or via phone call/Zoom.

To book an appointment you can email, text, call or book online via https://ob.rushcliff.com/holding-page/557777.  

If the online booking system does not show times suitable please do not hesitate to email Leanne as she will try to be flexible where possible. 

Please note, 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).

Leanne's contact details. 

Email: mha@pet.cam.ac.uk  or call her on her Office Tel: 01223 330985  /  Mobile: 07933397050 

Other working email: Leanne.freear@pet.cam.ac.uk



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:




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

 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

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. 

(2) NHS

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

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's (CPFT) (https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/psychological-wellbeing-service) is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services.  This is an NHS initiative designed to make psychological or talking therapies more accessible to people experiencing common mental health problems. 


24/7 Helplines to contact if you are in distress

If you or someone you are supporting is in the midst of a crisis, it can be helpful to have someone listen and calm you until you are able to access ongoing support or the feelings of crisis ease a bit. These helplines operate 24/7 and offer listening and support for those in crisis:


    Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to phone 116 123 (free). It is a 24/7 listening service especially for those in distress You don't have to be suicidal to call them! Details of  Cambridge Branch


  • SHOUT ( text 85258) is a text-based crisis line for those struggling to cope and who need immediate help. It is a free service for all of the UK major mobile phone networks, available 24/7. 


Other helplines:

  • Nightline (https://cambridge.nightline.ac.uk/) is a term-time confidential listening service run by students, for students (01223 744 444 or email email@cambridge.nightline.ac.uk, Skype: Cambridge.Nightline). This service is available 7pm-7am during the CU full term.  Emails are answered within 48hrs.


  • Lifeline (call 0808 808 2121) is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline service that is available from 7.00–11.00pm to people in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. The line provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress.



    This national charity works to prevent young suicide. They provide a HOPELineUK telephone service which is staffed by trained professionals 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​


  • CALM (call 0808 585858) or the Campaign Against Living Miserably offers a confidential, anonymous and free helpline and webchat for anyone who is feeling down or who has hit a wall. The trained staff can listen, support, inform and signpost via the helpline and webchat (between 5pm and midnight daily).


  • Sane (07984 967 708) provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. The services are confidential and offer non-judgemental and compassionate support. Their out-of-hours mental health helpline is open every day from 4.30pm–10.30pm.


  • BEAT is a UK eating disorders support organisation providing coronavirus-specific information and support. 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

  • Domestic Violence UK provide information, support, and three helplines (including one especially for men and one dedicated to LGBT+).


  • Women's Aid offers information and support to women in the UK who are experiencing domestic abuse, including through a new webchat service. 


  • OCDAction is the UK national OCD charity offering advice and support


  • Cruse Bereavement Care offers support in bereavement, including grieving in isolation. Additional sources of support are signposted here

Other charities that support mental health through workshops, advocacy or information:


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


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.


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