We can all struggle with our mental health at times, and significant life changes like moving to university or starting a new job can have a big impact on your wellbeing. On this page, we've shared advice to help you manage your mental health, as well as the internal and external teams who can support you if and when you need it.

If you can't find the information you need on this page, get in touch with our Wellbeing and Counselling team. They're here to help you make the most of student life by sharing tips for taking care of yourself, teaching you ways of managing your wellbeing and providing information on how to look out for your peers too.

Support for your mental health

If you need support with your mental health while studying or working at Salford, browse the information below. You'll find our Wellbeing and Counselling team's contact details, support available for colleagues, plus advice and services provided by external organisations.

Mental health support

Urgent support

If you are concerned about the immediate wellbeing and welfare of either yourself or someone else, find relevant support on our webpage. Here, there is guidance on topics including suicide or self harm, violence, concerns about your peers' welfare and more.

Wellbeing and Counselling (support for students)

Our team of trained advisers and counsellors are here to help you succeed in your studies and in your life by sharing tips for taking care of yourself, teaching you ways of managing your wellbeing and providing information on how to look out for your peers too.

Get in touch with the team:

Find out more about Wellbeing and Counselling

Self Compassion app

Think of it like free therapy sessions in your pocket. The Self Compassion app, developed by lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dr Elaine Beaumont, can help you work through tricky thoughts, tackle doubt and shame, and boost your self-esteem. The app has over 50 interactive practices and daily tools. We have a limited number of one year subscriptions completely free for Salford students and staff members - just follow the link below to claim yours.

Safezone app

You can now access wellbeing support through the Safezone app. SafeZone is a free app that enables you to access emergency or urgent assistance on campus should you need it, first aid and report an emergency incident or concern, day or night.

The new Wellbeing feature currently allows you to access support options including the ability to call Samaritans. Future updates will allow you to call internal support services for students and colleagues directly from within the app.

Peer support: Rafiki

Rafiki is the Students' Union's peer support listening service, led by students, for students. If you're experiencing any problems while you're at University, you can talk to student staff members who offer peer support. They can also signpost you to support services on campus or externally which can help.

Support for colleagues

If you're a member of staff at the University of Salford, we have a range of support options available to help you with your emotional, mental, and physical health to financial health and everything in between. We are committed to supporting colleagues and promoting open conversations about wellbeing to enable everyone to be at their best. Together, we will continue to build our community, develop our support, and create spaces for conversations around issues affecting our wellbeing.

External support

The following charities offer support services and resources to people struggling with their mental health in Salford and Manchester:

Find more mental health charities offering support and resources on Manchester City Council's website.

What's On

Loneliness Awareness Week

Loneliness Awareness Week (10-16 June) aims to raise awareness of loneliness and encourages everyone to create supportive communities through open, honest conversations. In 2023, a survey from Nextdoor in partnership with Marmalade Trust revealed that 85% of UK adults had experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Almost half (44%) felt chronically lonely.

Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives, regardless of age, circumstance and background. It isn't a mental health problem, but a normal human response to the absence of something we need: strong social connections. Causes of loneliness can vary from person to person, but key factors like starting university, moving away from home, experiencing mental health problems or a relationship breakup can increase the chance of feeling lonely.

Although loneliness is a normal and natural feeling, if left unchecked it can affect our mental health. You could find yourself avoiding social activities or worrying about the interactions you have with others. Try to accept that these responses are an effect of how you are feeling - but don’t let them control what you do. Our Wellbeing and Counselling team have shared their tips for tackling loneliness: