Resources for further help

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Alcohol and Drugs

  • Addiction Guide: Addiction Guide is a website resource on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. The site covers how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Blenheim Project: support for those with drug-related concerns. Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 5599. Open 10am-5pm.
    London drug and alcohol network: lists alcohol and drugs service in London boroughs
  • Club Drug Clinic:   An NHS service helping people who are having problems with resulting from recreational drugs.
  • Drinkline 0800 917 82 82 Freephone helpline offering help and support on alcohol related issues
  • Down your drink:   online programme to help people cut down and control drinking, and
  • Drinkaware   Drinkaware promotes responsible drinking and works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.
  • Gamblers Anonymous: GA members offer the hand of friendship to anyone who is looking to try and stop gambling.
  • Marijuana Anonymous   Marijuana Anonymous supports people to recover from marijuana addiction. 
  • Nardcotics Anonymous: 24 Hours, tel: 0845 3733366
  • 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. 

Black and minority ethnic groups

  • Chinese Healthy Living Centre: Provides support for Chinese nationals living in the UK.
  • Dim Sum is a British Chinese community website, which includes an active forum.
  • Karma Nirvana offers support to all victims of honour based abuse and forced marriage, and runs a Honour Network Helpline. To see the LSE policy on forced marriage click here.
  • The Naz Propject provides sexual health/HIV prevention and support services to Black and Minority Ethnic communities in London.
  • MixTogether is an online help site for mixed couples (mixed race, religion, caste) whose relationships are opposed by family or community.
  • The Sharan Project offers advice and assistance to  ethnic minority women, particularly of South Asian origin, who may need to leave home forcefully or voluntarily, with a focus on issues such as cultural conflict, forced marriage and violence.  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Resources

Contraception and pregnancy                  


Eating problems

  • B-eat:  B-eat offers support and information as well as a telephone helpline for adults and young people with eating problems. B-eat also offers help for carers and professionals.   

Emergencies | feeling suicidal

  • Samaritans:
    24-hour service for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair including those that could lead to suicide – phone, email, text, letter and face to face support available in most branches. Tel: 116 123 (free phone). Local branch: 46 Marshall Street W1F 9BF (Soho) – open 9 am – 9 pm daily, no appointment needed.
  • Nightline: offers confidential listening, support and a practical information service for student in London. It uses volunteers who are students and have undergone extensive training. They are open from 6:00 pm - 8:00 am every night of term. Students can call 0207 631 0101, skype chat, text 0771 989 900 or email Twitter @LondonNightline Facebook 

  • University College London Hospital: students can go at any time to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department at UCLH: 235 Euston Road. London, NW1 2BU (0203 447 0083).

  •  PAPYRUS, offer help and support to people in crisis or thinking of harming themselves.

(See Emergencies/ Feeling Suicidal for further links)

  • For medical and mental health emergencies see Healthcare or if you are on the campus St Philips Medical Centre +44 (0)20 7955 7016.
  • If you are concerned about imminent danger from harm by others contact: 
  • Emergency at LSE (from any internal phone): Ext  666 
  • Emergencies in public places (fire/ police/ ambulance):  Dial 999


External and Long-term therapy

We have produced a Counselling Resources List  which includes details of where you can get  low-cost counselling, group therapy and find registers for private counsellors.

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (list of private therapists and organisations offering free counselling)
  • 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.
  • Low cost psychotherapy can be arranged through the Member Organisations of the UKCP. This link will take you to organisations which offer low cost psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • The main United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy website has more information about therapy, and can link you to their list of private therapists.
  • AGIP has a clinic offering low fee therapy called the Fairbridge Clinic - see their website  for further details.
  • Longer termgroup psychotherapyis available through the Institute of Group Analysis and  The Women's Therapy Centre, costs are on a sliding scale £5 - £45.
  • The Inner City Centre offers open-ended long term psychotherapy, group and couple therapy. Fees are linked to income, and are individually negotiated, and may start from £15 per session. 


  • Recording: Listen to a 15-minute mp3 "Hypnosis for Anxiety", by clicking on the mp3 link here.   
    Read a pdf containing additional information about hypnosis here. 

International students


  • East London Out Project (ELOP): East London Out Project (ELOP) provides a range of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people.
    London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (helpline and information for gay and lesbian people)
  • The Pink Practice (a lesbian and gay counselling and psychotherapy service based in central London).
  • Imaan is a social support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims, which offers advice and support through their website.

Mental health 

  • CWMT Learning Portal  Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this new e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues.
  • MIND: The UK's national mental health charity.The Mind Infoline gets over 30,000 calls a year and helps with a range of mental health issues for both people with mental health problems or looking to support a friend or relative. They also offer help on issues such as medication and legal topics. 0300 123 3393 (9am - 6pm Mon-Friday).
  • The National Union of Students : The NUS site provides a leaflet for good mental health tips for students.
  • Students Against Depression: contains information, resources and accounts written by many different students.
  • Student Minds: A range of mental health resources for university students.
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists has leaflets available via its website on problems such as sleep, stress, drug abuse and information about the management of a range of different difficulties.

Private therapy list 

  • If you are interested in private or long-term therapy, we have produced a  Counselling Resources List  which includes details of where you can get  
    low-cost counselling, group therapy and find registers for private counsellors.

Sexual assault

  • The Havens in London offer a range of medical, healthcare and emotional support for anyone who has been sexually assaulted.
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre  has a national freephone helpline 0808 802 9999, which is open every day 12.00 - 2.30 and 7.00 - 9.00 pm.  

Sexual health

  • Checkurself: A NHS-based, self-test for HIV, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases. (STDs). 

Stress management

  • The Counselling Service has produced a handout on Stress Management Techniques which is freely available for download.
  • If you want help with learning about relaxation and breathing techniques, you can listen to and download MP3 files here.
  • LSE has prepared a leaflet recommending a diet to minimize stress and maximise learning.
  • A handout on coping with exam stress, including last minute panic attacks, is available here.
  • New handout - How to get a good night's sleep - here 
  • Self hypnosis: a brief introduction to self-hypnosis

Student welfare at LSE

  • The Disability and Well-being Service offers support, practical advice and can facilitate special arrangements for those who have or feel they might have an ongoing or acute mental health problem (through the Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisers) or any other kind of disability, including learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. 
  • LSE students can receive welfare advice and also access counselling through The Students' Union Advice and Support Service.
  • The Financial Support Office can provide information on a range of sources of financial help.
  • The Volunteer Centre provides information and advice to students who are interested in volunteering, either for one-off or for longer term opportunities. Their website contains many links and different ideas. 

Students and young people

  • Nightline offers confidential listening, support and a pratical information service for student in London.
    It uses volunteers who are students and have undergone extensive training.
    They are open from 6:00 pm - 8:00 am every night of term.
    Twitter @LondonNightline
  • The student counselling website has a very useful list of practical help pages from different university web sites, linking to advice on dealing with common problems approached from a student perspective.
  • Much information and advice for 16 - 24 year olds can be found at, which also includes factsheets, articles and on-line advice for young people.
  • Hope Support is a UK charity that provides support for young people aged 11+ who have a family member diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. 

Study skills

    LSE LIFE is located on the ground floor of the library, is the place to come for all undergraduate and taught master's students for support, guidance, and ideas about how to succeed in your studies and extend your learning and discovery outside the classroom. 

    LSE LIFE has an in-house team of specialist study advisers, on-hand to help Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 18:00. You can book a one-to-one session. You will also find research specialists from the Library, English-language experts from the Language Centre, and career advisers from LSE Careers at certain times of the week. 

  • Please look at handouts and videos from study skills sessions in Moodle .

  • Powerpoints and video podcasts from past presentations (Writing Workshop, Exams Workshop, Perfectionism, etc) are available on Groups and Workshops.

UK Life 

  • HOST UK is a charity that lets international students spend a day or weekend with a HOST family anywhere in the UK.
    Host UK provides a great way to get a sense of British culture and combat culture shock.

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.