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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

Please note: The Counselling Team operates 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri and are not a crisis service. If you do need to speak to someone urgently outside of office hours please consult our crisis contacts​. We also advise contacting your GP.​​​

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.

Exam Deferral Dropins

The Counselling and Mental Wellbeing team are running drop sessions for students who are considering deferring their exams or submitting an extenuating circumstances claim due to stress, anxiety or their mental wellbeing. The drop in sessions are a great starting point to learning more information about what support is available to you from the Counselling and Mental Wellbeing team.

Drop-in sessions will be running at Merchiston campus on the dates below. To attend, please head to the iPoint waiting area (formerly the student hub). Each drop-in session will be 15 minutes long and will be run on a first come first served basis.

All drop-ins are between 10am-12pm at Merchiston.

Monday 3 April

Tuesday 4 April

Wednesday 5 April

Monday 24 April

Tuesday 25 April

Wednesday 26 April

Monday 1 May

Tuesday 2 May

Wednesday 3 May

Any Questions? Please contact​​ 

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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