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  What support is available?

The Counselling and Mental Wellbeing team provides a variety of therapeutic approaches and support for students. Any other questions? Consult our FAQ or email


  • Provides one-to-one assessment and counselling for up to 5 sessions
  • Short term counselling can include student lead exploration as well as goal orientation. This can include explorations and goals regarding your studies as well as your life in general
  • Counselling can help with building emotional resilience during periods in a student’s life when they are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed
  • Counselling offers a space which allows for support and exploration of personal and relational difficulties (past or present) where the student can develop new resources and coping strategies
  • Referrals to longer term counselling where appropriate, as well as Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • As a service we can, with the student’s agreement, also look at referral to other support within the community

Mental Health Advisors

  • Emotional and practical support and advice on any concern you may have about your mental health at any time during your student career
  • Advice if you are concerned about the mental health of another student
  • A partnership approach with the Disability and Inclusion team, looking at any practical support requirements you may need as a result of your mental health issues, such as extra time for exams.
  • Liaison with, or referral to other University departments or external agencies, such as NHS services or third sector organisations
  • Organisation of Mental Wellbeing Campaigns and events throughout the year and working with Edinburgh Napier Students' Association, Edinburgh Nightline and other local agencies to promote good mental health and to challenge stigma
  • Advice and training to teaching and support staff within the University

Mindfulness (MBSR)

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is an instructional course designed to help people take better care of themselves and to get more out of day to day life.

Mindfulness has been linked to lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

  • An increased ability to relax at will and experience calm
  • Improved energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Enhanced awareness of self and more acceptance for life as it is
  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressors including adverse health conditions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias, Acute Stress and Post Traumatic Stress
  • Depression
  • Other mental and physical health problems | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App