Local support services

Where else can I find support? 

A whole range of services are available within Student Services and across the University:

  • Disability Services may be able to help you with disability-related support, for example if you have dyslexia or have been diagnosed with a mental health difficulty.
  • Learning development offers help with exam revision and getting organised as well as reading effectively and essay writing.  
  • Pastoral and spiritual support (multi-faith chaplaincy) offers a place to drop-in and talk to someone, whatever your beliefs. 
  • UPSU Support and Advicepart of the Students' Union, provides advice about a whole host of issues including academic, consumer, debt, housing, legal, student funding and welfare benefits.

The student counselling and personal development service has well-developed links with a number of agencies and specialist services in the city of Plymouth.

Local services

Free unless otherwise indicated

  • University of Plymouth Medical Centre
    Provides general medical services for students at University of Plymouth. Out of hours GPs in Plymouth can be found by calling NHS 111, dial 111 from any phone.
  • Plymouth Online directory 
    Offers information and advice about support services, activities and organisations for people who live in Plymouth.
  • Plymouth Options 
    Plymouth Options is a city-wide service for adults in Plymouth with common problems such as anxiety and depression. Provide counselling, CBT. Self-refer or via GP.
  • Plymouth Community Mental Health Teams
    Supporting severe and/or enduring mental health problems.
  • The Zone
    Charity offering free, confidential support and information to young people. Anyone aged 16- 25 years can drop into The Zone on any day of the week (Monday - Friday between 12pm - 5pm) to speak with one of the Youth Support Volunteers.
  • Icebreak at the Zone
    Icebreak provides a friendly and accessible service committed to supporting and empowering people aged 16- 25 years who are experiencing emotional distress.
  • Insight at the Zone
    The Insight team is a free and confidential Early Intervention Service offering support to people aged 18 - 35 years who may be experiencing symptoms of early psychosis.
  • Harbour Centre
    Harbour helps anyone, including family and friends, affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol by providing information, education, assessment and care co-ordination.
  • First Light
    First Light is a registered charity and the lead agency for the Plymouth Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They provide support to men, women, children and young people who have been affected by rape and serious sexual assault.
  • Eddystone Trust
    Eddystone Trust is an independent sexual health charity based in the South West, UK.
  • Plymouth Eating Disorder Service
    Charity established in 1995. EDS is funded by the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, to support those with a recognisable eating disorder.
  • Out of hours you can contact the 24/7 First Response Support Line for mental health support on 0800 923 9323.

  • Relate
    Relationship counselling. Sex therapy. Family counselling. This service charges on a sliding scale.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    Cruse Bereavement Care can support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died and you need to talk.
  • The Bereavement Counselling Service
    Offers specialist bereavement counselling in response to complicated grief.
  • Operation emotion
    Plymouth-based voluntary organisation that operates, encourages and develops services for adult male survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Samaritans
    Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
  • Rethink Mental Illness
    Structured and goal-focused to support people to become more involved in social, leisure, educational, training, volunteering and employment opportunities.
  • Advice Plymouth
    The new partnership between Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau, Plymouth Guild, Routeways and Age UK Plymouth.
  • Simply Counselling
    Simply Counselling is a community interest company that provides counselling to individuals, couples, carers and families, in the Plymouth area. This service charges on a sliding scale.
  • Crossline
    Counselling service offered by registered Christian caring agency with a Christian ethos committed to providing an inclusive service to those who seek help, whether they be of another faith or of no faith at all.
  • Proud2Be
    Proud2Be is a grassroots user-led social enterprise that supports LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) people in Devon and beyond, to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives.
  • Intercom Trust
    Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charity working across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West.


Private counselling

Togetherall

Togetherall is a safe, online, peer-to-peer community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall is designed to help you take control of your mental health and start to feel better. You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Togetherall is free and totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!

Find out more about Togetherall

Student Wellbeing Services – Plymouth campus

Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 8:30–17:00 (Wednesday open 10:00, Friday close 16:30)