Your mental health and wellbeing
Student Support Services operates a Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling service. Our qualified counsellors, wellbeing and mental health professionals are here for you throughout your time at Stirling. Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help.
24/7 online support
In addition to the wide range of wellbeing services available at the University, we have also partnered with togetherall to provide Stirling students with access to 24/7 online support. togetherall is a digital mental health support service which is completely anonymous – so you can express yourself freely and openly.
If you are concerned about your mental health and would like to know about the kind of support
Alternatively, if you are a current student and have a diagnosed mental health condition you can
One at a Time therapy
A counselling session to support you to develop strategies or ideas to help you with your greatest concerns.
In response to the COVID-19 guidance, we are providing OAAT counselling sessions on-line via MS Teams (audio or video) until further notice.
Please read this information, along with our standard Counsellor Student Contract Information Sheet. This will allow you to make an informed decision about engaging in counselling during the COVID-19 response.
- On-line counselling is flexible, effective and accessible
- You can remain in a safe, familiar and comfortable space – this can encourage relaxation and openness
- On-line counselling allows access to support without having to travel, this can reduce stress – it will continue to be at an agreed time
- Support will continue to be compassionate, professional and respectful
How to get the most out of remote counselling sessions
- Implement a normal routine before therapy such as washing and dressing appropriately – this can help with motivation and focus
- Leave some time before the session to give yourself a moment to get set-up and prepared - this can help you feel ready for the session
- Be aware of the potential to share more online – this can lead to heightened emotional responses during and after the session
- If possible, avoid having another meeting straight after your session- give yourself time to wind down
- Technical problems can arise - check your digital device is fully charged, with a stable internet connection
- Think about where you will be at the time of the appointment - you will need somewhere quiet, where you feel safe and won't be interrupted
- Sit in a comfortable chair and where the counsellor can see you clearly
- Pour yourself a glass of water or a cup of tea/coffee before the session, but avoid consuming recreational drugs or alcohol before or during the session .
How would online counselling work?
- Appointments are delivered using Microsoft Teams - MS Teams is part of Office 365 and is available to all students, click here for more information.
- You will be sent a confirmation email for your appointment -it will contain a link to the MS Teams appointment.
- When you are ready to join the appointment at the arranged time, click on the link and you will be taken through to the MS teams appointment.
- You can agree with your counsellor if you prefer the remote session to be video or just audio.
If, due to personal circumstances, you are unable to engage with on-line support please contact our Student Services Hub.
Limits of support available to students based overseas
Counselling cannot be provided to students based overseas for legal and regulatory reasons. We can provide a support session (not counselling) to help you to identify local support in the country
We want you to thrive at Stirling and make the most of the opportunities and support available to