SHINE is created by students, counsellors and researchers. Watch, read, listen, find apps and useful links to the best online resources and information about mental health and well-being. 

SHINE with Plymouth categorises student friendly content on mental health and well-being.

Plymouth students talk about how they manage stress

Discover how students manage stress. SHINE asked current Plymouth students, what makes them stressed? Get advice from current University students about how they managed stress.

Living life to the full

Online course by Dr Chris Williams, a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow.

The CBT model has a proven effectiveness in helping people develop life skills that help them tackle feelings of low mood, stress and distress.

Visit the Living Life to the Full website

Top apps

  • SAM App: Self-help for Anxiety Management
  • Moodtracker: now you can get daily insights into your ups and downs and spot patterns in your mood and behaviour.
  • Calm: you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier
  • NHS self help leaflets on the apple store or on android.

Explore health and fitness trackers recommended by the NHS.


Webinar: Managing stress and anxiety

All of us experience stress and anxiety from time to time. 

For some of us our stress and anxiety levels are more constant and can get in the way of healthy day to day functioning. 

Our stress and anxiety podcast shares some strategies to take with you and practice in your day to day life. 

Best of all it’s available to listen to whenever and wherever you choose.


  • Moodnudges - designed to lift your mood and raise your spirits, one gentle nudge at a time
  • QuietSphere - sign up for a newsletter and receive great tips and advice to help you prepare for this new and exciting time of life
  • Greater Good Science Center - receive regular round-ups of articles, podcasts, and videos about the science of a meaningful life
  • Linda Graham, MFT - get newsletters about modern brain science, relational psychology, and mindfulness practices to help you skilfully cope with life’s challenges.

What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal:

If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or get yourself to your local hospital’s accident and emergency. Call an all-hours support service:

If you live in University accommodation, the Residence Life team is there to address emergency situations or contact campus security.


  • UPSU Advice can help with appeals, academic dishonesty, complaints, extenuating circumstances and much more.
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline for students

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support for all University of Plymouth students
  • Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
  • Confidential
  • Completely independent from the university.
Freephone: 0800 042 0134
iConnectYou App (from iTunes or Google Play. Passcode 34800).

Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: