Mental health issues are disproportionately high within the LGBT+ community. However, there are options if you are struggling, both within the university or the SU, and externally:

UNIVERSITY WELLBEING SERVICE

  • University wellbeing advisors

           The university wellbeing advisors are available for drop-in sessions (no appointment is needed) and their service is fully LGBT+ inclusive. Drop-in sessions are available both on campus at the Roper Student Services Centre, or in town at The Virgil Building. You can find details of their timings on their website.

  • Counselling & mental health assessments

         Student Services offers counselling and mental health assessments to students for free, and they are confidential. Skype/telephone appointments are available in cases where access to campus based services are restricted. It is important to note that there is usually a waiting list for the university counselling and they are currently not able to provide long-term counselling, but it is definitely worth booking it despite this. In doing this, you can discuss your feelings and experiences with a professional, and decide what you want to achieve at the end of the support offered. They can also help you decide what other options are available to you.

  • Counselling workshops & courses

            Student Services offers several courses/workshops at various times of the year in areas such as managing procrastination, coping with low mood and depression, mindfulness, and sleep.

NIGHTLINE

    Nightline is a “student-run, confidential, and non-judgemental peer-to-peer support listening service”. The volunteers are fully trained and are there to listen and talk about whatever it is that’s on your mind (it could be something as small as just wanting to chat, to something as serious as self-harm or needing them to contact an ambulance). They won’t judge you or tell you what to do, so you can feel comfortable contacting them. You can contact them via instant messenger, phone or email. It is entirely anonymous, so the volunteer’s you talk to won’t know your identity unless you tell them.

    It is completely free and they are available 8pm to 8am every night during the semester - you can find their contact details on the back of your library card.

STUDENT MINDS

    Student Minds is a UK charity focused student mental health, and it is also a student-led group that supports mental health in 2 ways:

  • Campaigning to raise awareness for mental health issues and the importance of student wellbeing.

  • Student Minds Facilitators run several courses focused on different mental health issues (such as low-mood/depression and eating disorders). They also run courses on how to support someone else, for example if you have a friend who self-harms.

    These courses are all free for students.

EXTERNALLY

    There are many options to help you with your mental health outside of the university:

  • GP

            You can visit your GP, who will have your medical history and background, to discuss your options and they can refer you to a counsellor if necessary.
  • NHS Self Help Leaflets

             The NHS produces leaflets with information on self-help for various problems, such as depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and eating disorders. You can access them here.
  • Counselling and Low cost counselling

             There are a variety of counselling services in Bath that offer private counselling and group sessions. Long-term counselling is available at full-price for sessions, and some services offer low-cost counselling for students (however, this may only be available for short-term counselling and the waiting lists may be longer). You can find more information here.
  • Samaritans

             The Samaritans are a non-judgemental listening service who you can contact for free 24 hours a day. You could contact them by phone, email, letter, or talk to them in person. More information can be found on their website.

COMMITEE MEMBERS

    If you are still unsure as to what option is best for you, or just want a friendly face to chat to, you can contact committee by emailing lgbt@bath.ac.uk and we can chat to you.