Managing stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges is crucial to a successful university experience, and a key university priority.

The University of Cambridge’s Student Wellbeing pages contain a wealth of information covering everything concerning your wellbeing including:

  • College pastoral support
  • University and other support
  • the NHS and healthcare
  • personal safety and travel
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • helpful contacts and resources
  • information for parents and undergraduate

Sidney puts a strong focus on mindfulness, and we hope to continue to offer students advice and practical coping strategies. Examples have included art therapy sessions and the particularly popular chocolate demonstrations during the exam period!

Counselling

Student Counselling Service is available to all undergraduate students in residence and graduate students on the register. They offer one to one counselling and different therapeutic groups. All are accessed on a self-referral basis.

In addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS), Sidney provides a free and confidential College-based Counselling Service for all postgraduate and undergraduate students registered at the College.

College-based Counselling is a scheme organised by the University Counselling Service and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.

How do I make an appointment?

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department.  Sometimes looking up some information about things that are concerning you is helpful and UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on their website.  However, there are times when this is not enough and you may wish to speak to the College-Based Counsellor in a private setting in College.

The College-based Counsellor is available on Tuesdays during Full Term between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Please be sure to indicate that you are a member of Sidney Sussex when you apply for counselling. PLEASE NOTE: For Easter Term 2020 please see Arrangements for Easter term 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students completing the online form are encouraged to apply to UCS and College-based Counselling simultaneously for the shortest possible waiting time

For more information and to apply, please go to: College-based Counselling at Sidney Sussex and complete the online form. 

Please note, that during peak times, your application will be acknowledged and your details may be placed on a waiting list until a suitable appointment becomes available.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness sessions are offered both in College and at the University Counselling Service.

Mindfulness at Cam offer classes open to all students, focusing on building insight and resilience in different areas of the student experience and are run throughout each of the three Cambridge terms.

Facebook

The pastoral and tutorial teams will keep you up to date with all things Sidney and Cambridge via email and our Sidney Sussex Tutorial Facebook page. The page offers academic information, pastoral support, and wider information relating to Cambridge events.

Student Minds Cambridge

Student Minds Cambridge have designed an excellent Student Support Guide to help you find the support services available.

External resources and help

Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is the local mental health trust here in Cambridge. They offer various psychological therapies and support for anyone struggling with their mental health.

Inner space is a meditation centre opposite King's College - they run daily lunch time meditations for free.

All students are required to register with a local doctor's surgery during their studies. The GP can act as a vital support for students who need a more medical intervention.

Samaritans and Nightline are two confidential phone lines that people can use to speak to someone when they need a listening ear.