Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Outbreak

It’s an overwhelming time for all of us. For students in a city away from family and friends, and for those with pre-existing mental health conditions, it might be even more so. It’s always important to look after our mental health, but now it’s more important than ever; our whole routines and social lives have been forced to change and it can be difficult and unsettling.

It’s fine to be finding it difficult, and it’s fine to just be getting through it, despite all of the pressure you might be seeing on social media to ‘be productive’ and ‘find new hobbies’. The pandemic is enough to make us feel anxious, without all this.

If you are struggling, we want you to know you’re not alone, so we’ve put together a list of resources and contacts in case you need any extra support, which you can find below.

Please take care of yourselves and each other, and please keep talking.

Support for Students:

  • Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online counselling and well-being support for students. 

  • University of Leeds students can access a 45 minute online counselling session by completing the online self-referral form.   The Support and Wellbeing page  has a wide range of resources including MP3 downloads for help with relaxation and a comprehensive range of self-help guides.   University of Leeds students can also access free online support with Big White Wall.   This provides online peer and professional support, with trained counsellors.  Its anonymous, and it’s open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Leeds Beckett Students can access counselling and mental health support over the phone or online. Just register on the counselling page to book an initial telephone appointment. 

  • Leeds College of Music isn’t able to offer therapeutic sessions while they are closed but staff can be contacted by email at  The intranet (Space) has a wealth of health and wellbeing information.

  • Leeds Arts University Students can contact staff at for online support and welfare, counselling and mental health sessions. 

Information on the Coronavirus outbreak and mental wellbeing:

Online resources for mental wellbeing:

  • NHS recommended helplines – whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice

  • Mood Gym – an online interactive self-help programme

In the case of an emergency or crisis, please contact:

  • Your GP

  • Leeds Student Medical Practice: 0113 295 4488

  • Leeds Crisis Assessment Service: 0300 300 1485

  • Dial House 0113 260 9328 or text on 07922 249452

  • Connect Helpline 0800 800 1212 ( Open 365 days from 6pm-2am )

  • Nightline: 0113 380 1381

  • The Samaritans: Freephone 116 123

Or go to the Accident & Emergency department of your local hospital.

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