Being a student can be both challenging and rewarding, but difficulties can get in the way. On this page you’ll find helpful information about university booklets, books and external organisations that offer specialised support.

Mind Matters booklets

Have a look at the following Mind Matters booklets for information and guidance on issues that may be affecting you.

Self-help book scheme

Your Counselling Service, in collaboration with the Library Services team, have set up a Bibliotherapy scheme to help you tackle life’s ups and downs.  
The Bibliotherapy scheme is funded by a former student of the University of Westminster.  Bibliotherapy aims to help you find self-help books that can empower and guide you when dealing with emotional difficulties such as:

  • bereavement
  • anxiety
  • mild depression
  • homesickness
  • relationship problems
  • fear of failure

There is good evidence to suggest that books really can help us with emotional difficulties. Bibliotherapy can increase your understanding of the issues you face and help you tackle them successfully.
The scheme was first introduced in Cardiff and has now been adopted by many public library services and universities.

What books are available?

You can browse our online reading list of recommended books. The books are all available at our Marylebone Library and are also readily available to buy online or in bookshops.

Let us know what you think

We'd like to hear your feedback on any of the books in the Bibliotherapy Scheme, and welcome any recommendations of titles that have helped you and might help others. Comments and recommendations can be sent anonymously via the Counselling Service.

Need more help or advice?

You might find the books helpful on their own or they may be just the first step in identifying and tackling a problem.
If reading the books leads to strong emotions or you'd like to talk to someone for more advice, get in touch with our Counselling Service or your GP.

External resources

There are many other helpful resources available, have a look at the following list for information and guidance on issues that may be affecting you. The inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement of the sites or services from the University, and they are listed only for reference.

Alcohol and drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous - Support for those who want to stop drinking from people who have stopped.

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care - A national bereavement counselling organisation offering free individual, couple, family and group support.

Depression

The Royal College of Psychiatrists - Website providing in-depth information on dealing with depression. The RCP also run the Men Behaving Sadly project.

Samaritans - Help and support for anyone feeling low, depressed or suicidal.

Students against depression - A range of self help strategies for tackling depression.

Gambling

Gamcare - Gamcare provides confidential counselling, advice and information for anyone experiencing or affected by a gambling problem.

General mental health

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Information on behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy services in the UK.

British Association of Psychotherapists - A psychotherapy organisation offering full and reduced cost therapy services.

Counselling directory - A comprehensive guide for information on counselling organisations and other sources of help.

Lincoln Centre and Clinic for Psychotherapy - Training centre and clinic offering psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a reduced fee scheme is available.

London Nightline - A confidential listening, support and information service run by students for students. Runs every night of term from 6.00pm to 8.00am.

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre - Psychotherapy and counselling for people from ethnic and cultural minorities. Free psychodynamic counselling sessions for people living in Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey.

OCD Action - Support for those affected by obsessive compulsive disorders.

Tavistock Centre: Young People's Consultation Service - Psychodynamic counselling service for people aged between 16-30 years.

Sexual health, sexuality and relationships

Brook Advisory Service - A service specializing in sexual health, relationships and pregnancy counselling for people up to 25 years of age.

Gay and Lesbian: London Friend - Confidential advice and counselling for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The Havens - Help and support for victims of sexual assault.

Karma Nirvana - Supporting those affected by forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line - Support and guidance for those who have been raped or sexually abused. Call +44 020 8683 3300

Terrence Higgins Trust - Counselling on an individual and family basis for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Westminster Pastoral Foundation - Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling offered on an individual or group basis. Limited low fee places are available.

Religion

Muslim Youth Helpline - Confidential help for young Muslims. Call +44 0808 808 2008 (Freephone).