For those who need it, the University provides a number of counselling and support options.
University of Cambridge Counselling Service
The University Counselling Service is completely free and open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. The service is staffed by a team of accredited counsellors and therapists who are experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues without expectation or judgement. They offer a variety of different counselling options, including both individual and group therapy.
Their website has a large amount of information about the service and how best to use it. We recommend you start there if you’re considering contacting the service.
2-3 Bene’t Place
Cambridge CB2 1EL
Phone: 01223 332865
Monday: 9:00 – 5:30
Tuesday: 9:00 – 7:30
Wednesday: 9:00 – 5:30
Thursday: 9:00 – 7:30
Friday: 9:00 – 5:00
Peer2Peer is a further support option offered by and for students on the basis that we all do it on a day-to-day basis and have much to offer. All Peer2Peer supporters are trained so that they can effectively support friends and other college members. Importantly, they do not offer advice, but help you think through your own feelings and thoughts. They are confidential, non-judgemental, responsive and based on listening (as opposed to advising).
Linkline is an anonymous listening and support information service ran by students for students. It is available at night (between the hours of 7pm and 7am) during term time. As with Peer2Peer, the service does not give instructions on what to do, or provide advice, but provides a confidential and anonymous way to discuss whatever is troubling you.
You can reach them through one of three ways:
Phone: 01223 744444 / 01223 367575
If you need support during the day, or outside of term time, the Samaritans run a service very similar to Linkline.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90*
*please note calling 0845 numbers from a mobile phone can be expensive and may not be covered by your mobile phone contract.
You can also always contact your MCR Welfare Officers for support or information about further options if you prefer.