Looking after your mental health at Essex

We understand that Freshers fortnight (and to be honest, going to uni as a whole) can be overwhelming, and we also understand that sometimes you might need a bit of extra support. That's alright though, there's a whole heap of support available.

SU Advice

The amazing team at SU Advice are on hand to give you free, confidential and impartial advice on a load of issues. You can get in touch with them in a few different ways;

  • Email (although most of the time they won't be able to help directly via email)
  • Give them a ring on 01206 874034
  • Just pop in and see them. They're on Square 3 next to the bank and are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm (and 1pm to 4pm during the holidays).

Even if they can't directly help with something, they'll make sure you head off in the right direction and speak to the right people. They also offer free condoms, free chlamydia tests and pregnancy tests for £2.


Essex Nightline is a support service run by students for students, offering confidential listening, emotional support, information and supplies. Not only that, they even offer free tea and toast (pretty great right?) and will make sure you're looked after if you've had a big night in Sub Zero.

They're open through the night from 10pm to 8am during term time and you can find them at the back of Keynes tower (north towers).

Emotional and Mental Health Support

Everybody is going to have ups and downs, but if you're feeling like you're struggling, make sure you know what support is available. 

The University offer a range of support services and often the best place to start is by speaking with the Student Services Hub. They're on the ground floor of the Silberrad Centre. To find out what the University can support you with, take a look at their Mental Health and Well-being services.

If this is the first time you've moved away from home, chances are you're going to feel a bit homesick from time to time. That's OK and totally normal, it's usually pretty eays to overcome too.