We know that for some of our students, this time will be further compounded due to the impact lockdown will be having on those experiencing Domestic Abuse.  If you find yourself in this situation, or know someone at risk of Domestic Violence, please contact the Student Counselling, Mental Health & Wellbeing team, who can support and advise you at this time.  Remember, in an emergency call 999, and if needed, make use of the Silent Solutions option to let operators know you need help.  For more information visit our Wellbeing Page or call the team on 01772 893020 and we will get back promptly. Alternatively, you can visit Women’s Aid, Safelives or view the articles on Report and Support for further guidance and advice. 
There is range of different support available for those affected by addiction. You can access self-help through apps and support websites, as well as making a referral to access personalised support.

If you are a student at UCLan, you can self refer to the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing service if you are concerned about substance misuse or problem gambling that you, or someone you know, is affected by.

For staff at UCLan, the Staff Counselling Service offers a confidential, accessible counselling service to all its employees, in line with the  University's mission statement and policies . If you are a member of staff, you can email the Staff Counselling service to request an appointment. 

Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Agencies 


You may wish to contact a specialist service which supports people affected by substance misuse. Some links to these can be found below:


CGL Inspire – for all other clients (North Lancashire)

CGL Inspire – for all other clients (East Lancashire)

Unity is the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Service for Cumbria.

CADAS work with individuals and communities in Cumbria to reduce the harm caused by substance.

If you live in another region, you can find your local provider by searching for drug and alcohol support on your local council website. 

Gambling Information and Support Agencies

Beacon Counselling Trust are based in Liverpool and offer support for those affected by gambling personally, or by someone in their family. You can contact them by calling 0151 2260696, emailing gamcare@beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk or completing the referral form on their site.

Gamcare provide a wide range of information and support. Their website contains a wealth of self help material including information on how to self exclude effectively, a self help workbook and a self assessment tool.

BigDeal is a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or someone they care about. 

Following general wellbeing tips and developing support networks and positive coping strategies can help you move away from dependence on substances and gambling. See UCLan’s Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing pages for links to workshops, self-help and useful apps.



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