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Other sources of support

The links below connect you with organisations who exist to look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Current University of Stirling students can also arrange to make an appointment with one of our own professional counsellors if they would like to seek support for emotional wellbeing from within the University.

Stress Control sessions

Student Support Services in partnership with the Students’ Union and Faculties are now offering free Stress Control sessions.


  • A series of classes and groups to help you control your stress which includes anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, low self-confidence, irritability and anger, drinking and using drugs to excess, and burnout.
  • There is no discussion of personal problems in the classes and groups. This means you can attend without concerns if you feel uncomfortable talking in front of others.
  • Classes and groups use cognitive-behavioural techniques to reduce stress by teaching better coping strategies.
  • Classes and groups normally last around 90 minutes including a 10 minute break.
  • Classes and groups are free to attend.

When? Where? How?

Weekly classes are running all year round in different venues. Find details and book on to a block here.

Community Wellbeing groups

Boost your mental and physical wellbeing and reconnect with nature in Pathfoot Courtyard Garden

Several research studies over the past ten years have demonstrated the health and wellbeing benefits for those involved in community gardening and horticultural projects. These include improvement in self-esteem and reductions in tension, depression and anxiety as well as boosting mindfulness and nurturing skills!


The Art Collection and The Conservation Volunteers Scotland are offering places on our new gardening initiative. The aim is to increase participant’s contact with plants and the natural environment to improve physical health and mental wellbeing.


This drop in club will be held in the Pathfoot Building and Courtyard Garden on Thursdays between 11am and 2pm.


How do I get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about plants, growing something and engaging with the natural world at a pace that provides an antidote to the stresses of modern life please register to join the group.  No gardening experience is necessary and training will be provided. Book your place in the Community Wellbeing group.

Sunday Cinema - Film Appreciation for Wellbeing

Macrobert Arts Centre in collaboration with Student Support Services are offering a Sunday Film Club!


Come and see a film on a Sunday, and feel free to stay for a chat about the film and snacks afterwards - give your Sunday a feel-good factor!


The Film Club will be running on Sundays beginning end of September. Tickets cost £2 and includes refreshments.

How do I get involved?

Come and speak to the Student Support Team at 2A1 Cottrell Building (email or call 01786 466022) - spaces are limited so don’t delay!


There are a host of excellent services available if you need to talk to someone about matters of mental health or emotional wellbeing. Each of the helplines listed will connect you directly with professionals who can offer confidential support around the clock, and we recommend them as a first port of call whether you feel like you’ve reached a crisis point or just need someone to talk to.


Phone: 116 123

Samaritans can offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like about whatever’s getting to you – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Breathing Space

Phone: 0800 83 85 87

Breathing Space are a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.


Phone: 0300 123 3393

Mind provide advice and support to empower you if you are experiencing a mental health problem. Text 86463.

Shout Crisis Manager

Text ‘Shout’ to 85258

Free 24/7 text service that provides an anonymous conversation for anyone in crisis. Offers a safe space where you are listened to by a trained Crisis volunteer.


The websites below provide lots of information on issues such as anxiety, drug abuse, self-harm and depression. Each site brings together in-depth expertise in a specific area and lets you connect with professional carers and counsellors.

Students Against Depression

Information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it themselves.

Self Harm UK

Lots of information, advice and personal stories around self- harm, particularly focused on young people.

Anxiety UK

National charity for those affected by anxiety, offering lots of helpful information and support resources.

Circle Scotland

Circle engages with families who face exclusion due to social injustice, poverty and health inequalities.

Cruse Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people in Scotland.

Mobile apps

We’ve put together a list of apps designed to help you with a variety of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. Apps are a great resource for ensuring help is always at hand, and they can provide useful prompts and reminders that encourage you to take time out or keep track of how you’re doing.

App namePlatformCostSummary
Breathe 2 Relax iOS/Android Free Learn the stress management skill of diaphragmatic breathing. 
Buddhify: Mindful Meditation  iOS/Android  Paid  Easy-to-follow guided meditations. 
Calm  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases)  Mindfulness and guided meditation app. 
Calm in the Storm  iOS  Free  Reduce, manage, and learn about stress in your life. 
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson  iOS/Android  Paid  Relaxing guided meditation. 
Elefriends  iOS/Android  Free  A supportive online community. 
Headspace  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases) Guided meditation and mindfulness. 
Insight Timer  iOS/Android  Free (with in-app purchases) Guided meditations. 
iSleep Easy: Meditations for Restful Sleep  iOS/Android  Paid  A wide variety of guided meditations. 
Mindshift  iOS/Android  Free  Designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. 
Moodkit  iOS  Paid  Psychology tips and tools for everyday life. 
Panic Attack Aid and Panic Attack Aid Lite  Android  Paid (Lite version free)  Designed to bring calming relief to panic attack sufferers. 
Rise Up + Recover iOS/Android Free An eating disorder monitoring and management tool. 
Stay Alive iOS/Android Free Pocket suicide prevention resource
What's Up? – A Mental Health App iOS/Android Free (with in-app purchases)  An aid for coping with depression, anxiety, anger and stress.
Relax with Andrew Johnson  iOS/Android  Paid  Unwind and de-stress with relaxation techniques. 
SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management  iOS/Android  Free  Established methods of self-help in an accessible format. 
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