Self Help

Student Wellbeing provides a range of self-help resources online and at our City Campus reception. If you prefer to work with hard copy and are not able to print the resources off, copies of many of the online materials are available on loan from Student Wellbeing Reception. The Library Gateway has a summary of  books on key wellbeing themes here.

PrintWe subscribe to Big White Wall, a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping, who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. It can help you start to take control and get the support you need to feel better. Available 24/7, Big White Wall has professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members, so you can express yourself freely and openly. Here are just a few of the ways it can help:

  • Post a Talkabout – talk to other Big White Wall members who may be experiencing the same thing as you.
  • Create a Brick – express your feelings by creating a Brick using pictures and images
  • Assess Yourself – take assessments to set goals and track your progress.
  • Find Useful Stuff – over 200 articles to help you understand more about how you are feeling.
  • Join a Program – register for on-line guided support courses using recognized therapies.
  • Make Friends – connect with other Big White Wall members who feel like you so you can support each other.

Watch this 2-minute video to find out how Big White Wall works or join using your SHU email address.  This is purely to validate your status as a Hallam student – the University does not receive data on who has registered.

mentalHealthGuideFor external support Sheffield City Council, NHS Sheffield and Sheffield Mind have teamed up to provide a comprehensive list of support available in Sheffield and from national charities.


Student Minds – support for your own mental health at university, support for a friend or loved one, or for services that might be available to you as a student.


The self-help guides we recommend below cover a wide range of topics such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, sleep, stress and many more.

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust
Royal College of Psychiatrists


We have also compiled our own list of external support networks grouped by theme:

Alcohol and Drugs
Anxiety and Panic
Domestic Abuse
Eating Disorders
Exams – How to Prepare video, How to planGetting organisedLooking after youActivity timetableRecipes to feed your mind
Gambling problems
Housing Problems and Homelessness
Medication and talking to your GP
Men’s Health
Mental Health
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence
Sexuality and LGBT
So-called ‘Honour’ based violence and Forced Marriage
Suicidal Thoughts

For SHU staff
As well as the resources above, as a member of SHU staff you can access the Education Support Partnership which offers free, confidential help and support to staff in the education sector, no matter what the problem. Individual support, including counselling, is available via phone, email and on-line chat.


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