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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 classes

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


  • A series of six classes 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 class. This means you can attend without concerns if you feel uncomfortable talking in front of others.
  • Classes use cognitive-behavioural techniques to reduce stress by teaching better coping strategies.
  • Classes normally last around 90 minutes including a 10 minute break.
  • Classes are free to attend.

When? Where? How?

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


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.

Anxiety UK

Phone: 08444 775 774

National charity for those affected by anxiety. Information line available Monday to Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm.


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.

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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