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.


Dave, Grace and Laura welcome you to the SHINE website.

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.

Big White Wall

If you are going through a tough time you can now access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.

You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Big White Wall 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.

Big White Wall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!

To join us, simply go to Big White Wall and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your university email address.

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.


The W-Curve

It can be very normal for students to experience some periods of isolation when they start university.

The W-Curve highlights the common process we go through when adjusting to change.

Learn more about the W-Curve

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.
  • Chinese Lantern is a helpline that offers support to the Chinese community. It is available for staff, students and their families. Call 0808
    802 0012, visit their website or connect on WeChat (WeChat ID: BACWG89).

Andy's Man Club

A peer-to-peer support group for men

Andy's Man Club is a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing. Come have a brew and a chat. #itsokaytotalk

All our groups meet on Mondays at 19.00. Visit Andy's Man Club website to find your nearest group.

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