Mental health and well being


Being at University comes with its stressful times.

Look after your mental health by balancing a healthy body and a healthy mind. Eat well, be active, be aware of your stress levels and if you are struggling, seek help and advice. Find out more about mental health through the Time to Change Campaign:

Talk about mental health

If you are feeling low, anxious, not eating or overeating, struggling to sleep, losing concentration or focus, hearing voices, feeling out of control or suicidal then you should seek help and advice— scroll down the page for useful contact numbers. 

Student studying in Millennium Garden, University Park

Mental health 
and wellbeing


Healthy mind

How to look after your mental health:

  • Exercise - boost your mood and keep active
  • Rest - try to establish a good sleep pattern – not too little or too much. Aim for at least seven hours sleep per night 
  • Relax - identify what helps you relax and make time for it
  • Socialising, hobbies and interests - find time to make and see friends
  • Food and Mood - eat well and drink sensibly
  • Take a break!

Exercise and depression

Several scientific studies have shown that a regular programme of exercise can help people to recover from depression - lifting their mood, reducing anxiety and improving self-esteem and concentration.

They also found that taking regular exercise could help protect people against becoming depressed in the first place.

Have a look at the Mental Health Foundation's booklet on how to look after your mental health using exercise. 


Exam stress and pressures

Body & Mind 
Academic Support offer a range of resources on managing revision and examinations. Alternatively, you can visit the University's general study skills guidance and support.

Remember to relax

Two students in accommodation,Costock House,Sutton Bonington Campus
Learning to relax is important in enabling you to manage stress. Identify what helps you relax and make time for it. Maybe chill out with friends, take part in an exercise class at the University or join a Students' Union society

Food and mood

Fruit in supermarket
Eating a well balanced diet can enhance your mood, both food and nutrition can affect emotional and mental health. Check out the Healthy U eat well page for more information, as well as quick and easy HealthyU recipes.


Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol display
Be aware of how much you drink – alcohol is a depressant and can affect your mood. If you are worried that you are drinking too much visit the HealthyU Alcohol, drugs and smoking page for further guidance.

Money worries

Student at cashpoint
The Financial Support team, who are based in the Student Service Centre in Cherry Tree Lodge, is running workshops and one-to-one drop in sessions to help support students with their finance.

Don’t suffer in silence

Student in the Advice Centre
The University Counselling Service is a free confidential service available to all students and University staff. The Service is open throughout the year and located in the Orchards Building, University Park.


Did you know? One in four people will have problems with their mental health at some time in their lives.

'Time to Change' campaign

'Lets end mental health discrimination' - the Time to Change campaign aims to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and improve well-being. Time to Change started in 2007 and has reached millions of people across England. Take a look at the website and find out how you can get involved.

We're supporting the Time to Change campaign

Who to contact if you need help and advice on mental health difficulties

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The University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666