The UCLan Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team are continuing to provide support for students.

If you would like to access support, please complete our online referral form which can be found here. Alternatively, you can contact the wellbeing team on 01772 893020 or by emailing Wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk 

Please be aware that our telephone, voicemail and email are monitored from 09:00-21:00 Monday to Friday and from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, and we will respond to any emails and messages as soon as possible. 

If you have an emergency that requires immediate assistance from UCLan, please contact UCLan Security, who work collaboratively with our On Call Managers, on 01772 892068, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The World Health Organisation (2014) defines mental health as ‘a unified state of mental, physical and social well-being, where a person can achieve their potential, is able to effectively contribute to the community, and can handle the stresses of normal life’.

Enjoying good mental health and wellbeing helps us to deal with the stresses of everyday life. However, 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health problem in any year. Finding out more about some of the mental health problems people might face could help you to feel more confident when trying to support someone.

Mental Health Problems

There is a variety of mental health problems that a person can experience. The Time to Talk website provides further details on the following issues:


The World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health moves beyond simply the absence of mental illness, but includes the presence of emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. People who enjoy high levels of wellbeing are described as flourishing. In this context, flourishing means that the person enjoys feelings of happiness, contentment and curiosity and can engage fully with what is going on around them. Flourishing also means functioning well in the world; the person experiences positive relationships, has some control over their life, and has a sense of purpose.

The Mental Capital and Wellbeing project identified the drivers to wellbeing, and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) named the Five Ways to Wellbeing to communicate these: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. UCLan’s Students' Union has some helpful tips on implementing these at university.

At the University of Central Lancashire, we run Well@UCLan groups where you can learn about hints and tips to look after yourself whilst studying at UCLan. These workshops are held in the Drop-in Zone in the Library on Mondays 5pm-6pm. You may choose to attend the whole programme or select individual sessions. More information can be found on our webpages.

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