If you’re struggling with your mental health and feel you can’t manage without help, then you don’t need face that alone. There are specialist services both within and outside the university that can support you.
Take a look at these specialist services that can help you with your mental health.
Counselling & Mental Health Support Service
The university’s Counselling & Mental Health Support Service have trained counsellors and mental health advisers who can assess your needs and offer the right support for you.
To find out more:
- How can the Counselling & Mental Health Support Service help me?
- Registering with the Counselling & Mental Health Support Service
If you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol, please don’t hesitate to seek support; find out more in our article Support for difficulties with drugs or alcohol.
Disability Support Service
You may not immediately think of the Disability Support Service as being able to help you if you have a mental health condition, however our Disability Support team have two Disability Advisers for Mental Health who are experienced practitioners with mental health qualifications. The service can support you in managing a long-term mental health condition while you study.
To find out more:
King’s has partnerships with external organisations who can provide additional specialist support, when you need it – which may be outside the university’s normal working hours.
Togetherall is a safe and anonymous online space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device with an internet connection.
To find out more please read Mental health support from Togetherall.
Pro-Counselling is a free and confidential service when you would like to talk about an issue or problem out-of-hours and feel that you cannot wait to see a counsellor.
Pro-Counselling therapists offer short-term counselling support to King's College London students presenting with low to moderate mental health problems and can provide support, advice and guidance towards a solution.
To find out more about Pro-Counselling, as well as other out-of-hours services, please read Mental health support during evenings, weekends & vacation periods.
The NHS offers a lot of mental health support online, within clinics or your GP practice, and they are able to offer emergency services if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
If you need professional mental health support, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your GP. They can assess you, provide a diagnosis and guide you to the appropriate support for your needs, and monitor you.
We recommend registering with a GP who is close by to your term-time address so you can easily go there for an appointment. If you haven’t done this yet, please refer to How can I register with a doctor and/or dentist?
If you’re new to the UK and you’re not familiar with the NHS, please refer to our information in Get to know the NHS.
What specialist mental health support is the NHS offering during the Coronavirus pandemic?
Most NHS psychological services are running provision and taking referrals during the pandemic, through online appointments or via telephone. So if you feel you need help or support for mental health problems, you can reach out to your GP (many are also running telephone or online appointments) and seek help now rather than feeling you need to wait until the pandemic ends.
Reaching out for help to specialist NHS services is particularly important for you if you are experiencing severe mental health problems (e.g. eating disorders, psychosis).
If you feel you need urgent support, please take a look at the information here - NHS: Every Mind Matters - Urgent Support
In particular if you suffer from an eating disorder, there are a range of organisations which are searchable here - Eating disorder support
If you are experiencing an episode of psychosis do contact your GP - they may refer you here – Early Intervention in Psychosis
If you’re not sure what kind of support is best for you, perhaps your concerns and challenges have many layers, and you’re not sure who best to go to?
Log a case with us and let us know what’s happening, and we will find the most appropriate support for you.