Health and wellbeing resources

This is your handy listing of resources you can use to boost your mental health and wellbeing. From information and self help resources to apps and activities we love, there’s something for everyone.

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  • find out more about how we're supporting your health and wellbeing
  • get the latest news about what’s on on your campus.

Happy, healthy, strong

Help yourself to self-help resources and find the right tools to set you on the path to being happy, healthy and strong.

Healthy NTU Library Book Scheme
Check out our curated list of self-help library books.

Healthy NTU Self Care Toolkit
Download our handy guide — it's full of useful information. You'll find tracking guides and lots more. It'll help nourish your mental health and wellbeing.

NTU Anxietea podcast
Covering everything health and wellbeing, created by NTU students for NTU students.

Healthy NTU blog
Helping you to be happy and healthy while studying at NTU.

Action for Happiness — all calendars
Use and share these monthly calendars, packed with ideas for happier living.

Action for Happiness — 10 Days of Happiness
A free online programme to boost your wellbeing.

Moodjuice helps you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. This handy online resource offers self-help guides and will help you learn about different mental health conditions.

App library

The Action for Happiness app
Get daily actions and inspiration on your phone. You can also connect with a like-minded community.

Download this app to learn how to:

  • get more done
  • feel better
  • keep calm
  • manage stress
  • get the mind – and the life – you really want.

Use Code NTUMA21 to get the app free for a year.

Mindfulness and meditation

Meditation and breathing exercises are a quick and simple way to make you feel calmer. They can help you destress if you're feeling anxious or worried.

Mindfulness walks on campus

Our mindfulness walks are a great way to take some time out, clear your head, and get re-energised. Lasting around 20 minutes, the walks offer you the chance to take some time out of your day to relax. These simple step-by-step guides take you on a set route. They include mindfulness exercises for you to do as and when you feel along the walk.

We currently have walks at:

A mindfulness walk for Clifton is coming soon.

City walk with audio

We're also pleased to offer you a mindfulness walk with audio and a downloadable map.

Creative wellbeing sessions

There's a lot of research that suggest creativity is beneficial for our mental health. Healthy NTU are working with the Nottingham School of Art and Design to run creative sessions that are great for your wellbeing.

These sessions offer you the chance to try something new, meet new people, and take some time to relax. The sessions are open to all students — you don't need to have an artistic background.

Regular sessions will include:

  • life drawing with Laura Quick. This is a virtual life-drawing session on Microsoft Teams. Laura will guide you through a series of drawing exercises. You'll use photographs of life models to work from.
  • still-life drawing with Laura Quick. An in-person session. Laura will use various still-life sets for you to draw. We'll provide all materials.
  • zine-making and craft workshops with Matt Gill. You'll learn how to make your own zine. You'll also try out other craft activities, such as badge-making. We'll provide all materials.

To see if we have any upcoming Creative Wellbeing sessions, head to the NTU Student Services Instagram page.

Local organisations and support groups

Cruse provides support and information for those who have been bereaved. The NTU Chaplaincy can also support bereaved students. You can talk with someone experienced in helping people think about death. They can help you celebrate the life of a loved one at a time when it can be very painful.

Sometimes it's helpful to talk to someone outside your family or friendship groups. They can support you in expressing your feelings in a safe environment. Please email us to arrange a convenient time to meet you.

Nottingham and Derby Social Anxiety Group organises events for anyone who suffers socially. It's a welcoming setting to make friends, improve social skills, and gain confidence. The group is open to people who have an anxiety disorder, depression disorder, or a mental health problem. You must be over the age of 18.

Nottingham Recovery Network is for people who use alcohol and drugs in a problematic way. All support, advice and treatment is free. You must be based in Nottingham city. Please contact them to book an appointment.

Students Against Depression has been developed in consultation with students who've been affected by depression, low mood, or suicidal thoughts.

Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries provide mental health crisis support to the communities of Nottinghamshire.

NottAlone offers local mental health advice and support. It's available to young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Counselling Service is available by telephone on 0115 950 1743.

Let’s Talk — Wellbeing (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) provides help for people with anxiety, depression, and other similar difficulties. You may use their services if you're registered with a doctor in Nottingham city or Nottinghamshire. They also accept self-referrals. For further information about their services, please call 0300 300 2200.

NTU Pride is Nottingham Trent University's Pride Society. This LGBT+ group supports, represents and welcomes people of many differing sexual orientations and identities.

Notts LGBT+ Network provides information and support for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and trans people.

POW has supported sex workers in Nottingham for 30 years. It's a peer-founded support charity. POW has a separate project specifically for people under 25 and students who are involved in the adult entertainment industry. You can also find them on Instagram.

Pregnancy Choices Directory offers unbiased pregnancy and abortion counselling.

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity. It helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. Go to Juno for a Nottingham-based service.

  • Last updated: 05/12/2022