Leaving home for the first time and going to university or college can be a very exciting time. Meeting new people and taking on a new level of study can also be challenging and most students will feel some pressure at times and have their ups and downs.

Whatever your age or place of study, this guide can help you navigate student life in Leeds.

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CHERISH – a website for people supporting students who self-harm. It has information for family, friends and carers and tips for self-care at university.

Feel better Leeds – website with health tips and information for students in Leeds.

Shout 85258 – text-based helpline for anyone who is struggling to cope. Shout is free, confidential and available 24/7. Text Shout to 85258.

Standalone – information and advice for people who are estranged from their families, including resources for students who don’t have family support.

Students against depression – a website by students for students with lots of resources to help you cope with low moods and anxiety.

Student Minds – the UK’s student mental health charity which offers information to support your mental health including resources to help your transition to university.

Student Space – website created by Student Minds, helping you find support through the uncertainty of student life.

The Mix – essential support for under 25s, with peer support forums, a phone helpline and online or phone counselling.

Young Minds – can help young people, aged 25 or under, find help and advice, with mental health information and self-help resources.