Mental Health

Enjoying good mental health and wellbeing helps us to deal with the stresses of everyday life. One in four of us will experience some sort of mental health problem in our lives, whether it is anxious overthinking of everyday life stresses or something more serious and long term.

The University has a wide range of excellent resources to help individuals manage Mental Health problems, as well as resources for managers and teams to help support each other.

  • The Six Ways to Wellbeing initiative is designed to support you in improving your mental and physical wellbeing. We want to encourage everyone to think about how you manage your own wellbeing, steps you can take to recognise and reduce stress, and how you can take time out to reflect, relax and find balance in your daily life.

If you're worried about someone else

Is someone you know acting differently- do they seem low, worried or stressed? If so, help is available. You can call the Counselling Service on +44(0)161 275 2864, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm or e-mail

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students; contact Nightline on +44(0)161 275 3983. Lines are open between 8pm and 8am durinf term time.

You can also talk to Student Support in your School and/or to the wardens and tutors in halls.

If you think someone is at risk of suicide or self-harm

  • Talk- Tell the person you are concerned. If they are not at immediate risk, encourage them to get help and consider helping them make the initial contact. If you are still worried, contact the Counselling Service
  • Call- If you think someone is at immediate risk call 999 and ask for an ambulance. if you are on campus, call security on +44(0)161 306 9966. Tell them an ambulance is on the way and give details of your location.
  • Reassure- Reassure the person that help is on the way and wait with them.
  • Take care- If you are upset by what has happened, talk to a friend or colleague, or contact the Counseilling service at +44(0)161 275 2864 or email: Samaritans are also here to listen: 116 123

Read more

The Student Mental Health Policy: Guidance for Staff contains specific information about how to respond to a crisis (p.8) as well as useful contacts and resources both internally and externally. It also gives advice for supporting students exhibiting behaviour which gives cause for concern (p16).

>Help in a crisis