Counselling Service


Build your mental health expertise

We are getting better at taking care of our physical fitness. The university’s promotion of student and staff wellbeing aims to encourage a similar emphasis on mental fitness. Below are resources that you can tap into to keep yourself healthier and happier.

Interactive online courses

These courses draw on cognitive-behavioural therapy and compassion-focused models to help you tackle stress, anxiety and depression resulting from a range of scenarios from shyness to relationship breakdown.

SilverCloud offers confidential CBT-based programmes on managing anxiety, depression, stress and negative body image.

Living Life to the Full offers free courses tackling low mood, stress and resiliency.

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills that can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Students Against Depression offers comprehensive information on depression, resources to tackle it and the opportunity to discuss it with other UK students.

Moodjuice is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Please note: This website is developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley, and so some contact numbers and details may be specific to Scotland.

E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief.

Now or Never is an interactive online resource for tackling procrastination.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness for students provides information and guidance on starting your mindfulness practice. Mindfulness can help you to feel calmer, attain greater focus and improve your concentration.

The Mental Health Foundation is a source of information about mindfulness. There are podcasts on mindfulness and a few mindfulness audio downloads.

Headspace offers a free 10-day beginner’s pack to get you started in mindfulness.

Smiling Mind offers a free course on mindfulness.

Below you will find some guided meditations on awareness of the breath, the 3-minute breathing space and the Body Scan.

The SilverCloud therapeutic programme for ANXIETY has a module on mindfulness. Sign up to the anxiety programme on SilverCloud to access it.

Biofeedback

MUSE headbands can make mindfulness practice easier. They give real-time feedback on your mental activity while you meditate. Find out about our drop-in sessions.

Relaxation

Learn how to relax effectively. Find out more about our weekly drop-in relaxation sessions.

Books and guides

The Centre for Clinical Interventions is a source of free courses on a range of mental health issues from tackling shyness and building self-esteem to conquering perfectionism and procrastination. You can download the free workbooks from the site.

The BluePages provide information on depression and how to overcome it.

Students Against Depression is designed by students as a resource for people struggling with low mood and suicidal thinking.

The BBC mental health pages often carry interesting articles and approaches to beating low mood.

We can recommend the following list of books on tackling mental health problems. They are available from the University Library.

View the reading list

NHS Self Help Guides

  • These 19 brief information leaflets offer guidance on addressing common mental health problems from stress, shyness, anxiety and depression to anger, alcohol dependence, domestic violence and eating disorders. Each guide comes with an introductory video and is available for download as leaflet or audio file.

Relaxation audio downloads

The following downloads are in mp3 format and will require software such as Windows Media Player or iTunes to work. An on-campus or broadband connection is recommended as the files are quite large, and may take a few minutes to download.

Download our free podcasts to help you relax and feel better, for the best results, choose a comfortable setting where you can be still and undisturbed. Do not listen to them whilst driving or operating machinery.

Relaxation:

Mindfulness techniques:

Stress, anxiety and panic:

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