External support agencies

Alcohol and drugs

  • Narcotics Anonymous: 24 Hours, tel: 0845 3733366
  • Blenheim Project: support for those with drug-related concerns. Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 5599. Open 10am-5pm
  • Talk to Frank: 24 hour information and advice for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse. Run by the National Drugs Helpline. This is not a counselling service. Free phone: 0800 77 66 00
  • Alcoholics Anonymous UK: 10am-10pm, tel: 0845 7697 555
     
  • Al-Anon: support for those whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking.  Tel: 020 7403 0888

Contraception and pregnancy

Chinese National Healthy Living Centre

Depression, mental health and counselling

Many problems can be resolved with the assistance of an administrative or academic member of staff. However, when students encounter emotional or psychological problems, professional help should be sought, either within the School or from an external agency.

  • Professional counselling services are provided by the Student Counselling Service  and the Students' Union Advice Centre
  • Students can also seek help and guidance from the Faith Centre. Reverend Peebles, the full-time Faith Adviser, can be contacted by email: d.peebles@lse.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)207 955 7965
  • NightlineNightline: a confidential listening, support and information helpline for students in London.
  • Get ConnectedGet Connected: national helpline for young people under 25 that helps young people work out what they need most. Can put them in touch with places that can help - whatever the issue. Freephone: 08 08 808 4994 (1-11pm)
  • Student Counselling in UK universities: This website has been set up by the Heads of the various Student Counselling Services in UK Universities to provide information about support for students, parents and friends
  • Counselling Directory: This site provides a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics.
  • Youth Access: provides information to young people under 25 about their nearest free advice, information and counselling service. Tel: +44 (0)20 8772 9900 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
  • The SamaritansThe Samaritans: walk in 9am-9pm, seven days a week at Marshall Street, Soho. Tel: central London branch +44 (0)207 734 2800 or the national number 08457 90 90 90. The Samaritans are an excellent source of all contact numbers for specialist advice for most issues that you can think of. They have a directory on these.
  • YoungMindsYoungMinds: gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person. Freephone: 0800 018 2138. Booklets for young people available from YoungMinds, 102-108 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5SA (tel: +44 (0)20 7336 8445)
  • Depression AllianceDepression Alliance: self help groups around the country. Tel: 0845 123 2320. For their postnatal depression helpline, tel: +44 (0)208 768 0123
  • MindMind: a mental health charity. They have local branches and can offer advice and information on a range of issues. Tel: +44 (0)208 969 2434
  • SaneLineSaneLine: a national, out-of-hours telephone helpline for anyone coping with mental illness. Their lines are open from 6pm  to 11pm every day of the year. Tel: 0845 767 8000 (local call rate).

Eating disorders

Employment, immigration, housing and legal matters

Advisers at the Students' Union Advice Centre| will be able to answer many queries. (Please be aware that the Students' Union operates independently from the School, which cannot be held responsible for any information or advice obtained from their site or staff.)

Male students - Sort out Stress

Sort out Stress| is a website for men about stress and mental health problems. It includes self help strategies and contact details of agencies that can offer advice and help.

Sexual assault

  • The Havens are referral centres providing medical help as well as advice and counselling for victims of sexual assault, both male and female
  • The Roofie Foundation assists victims of drug-assisted rape and sexual abuse. Tel: 0800 783 2980

Sexual health 

Ambrose King Centre
Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel E1

Clinic and advice centre. Both appointments and walk in services available. For appointments, tel: +44 (0)20 7377 7306. For walk in, tel: +44 (0)20 7377 7307.

Violent crime

Victim Support| is a charity which offers free and confidential support for victims of crime. The charity also operates the Victim Supportline on 0845 30 30 900. The line is open 9am - 9pm weekdays, 9am - 7pm weekends, 9am - 5pm on bank holidays.

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