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The Counselling team offer support for students who may be experiencing stress, anxiety or other issues due to personal circumstances or academic pressures.

We are based at Merchiston but offer support across all three campuses. Students can contact us by email the counselling team at

What is counselling?

At times, everyone suffers from stress, gets depressed, angry, anxious, or confused. Sometimes, a good friend or a relative can help. However, there are times when these problems do not go away or emotions become overwhelming. These are the times when a Counsellor can help.
Counselling can help you explore and clarify problems and issues that matter to you. It may help you develop resources and skills to cope with difficulties. It may help you get through a distressing time in your life.
The Counsellor will listen to, and try to understand what you are really saying, to accept you and respect your feelings. He or she will not tell you what to do, but help you make your own decisions.
Counselling is not only about problems. It also offers opportunities to get to know yourself better and to develop your potential as a person.

Out of Hours Support

Edinburgh Nightline provides a confidential listening, emotional support and information service, run by students for students, working to improve student mental health and wellbeing. They are open at night during term time when no other university welfare services are available.
Contact the student helpline Nightline 8pm-8am on 0131 557 4444 or at
Edinburgh Crisis Centre provides a 24-hour helpline, 365 days a year, to those in crisis due to mental health issues. Support is provided to those aged 18 years or over who live in Edinburgh. All support is confidential and is handled by trained staff. Free telephone 0808 801 0414 or visit



Contact us​

For any enquiries, please contact us by e-mail:

For more information on the university’s complaints policy, please read the complaints page. The counselling team is a member of COSCA. 

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