Mental Health Support

In addition to support for your wellbeing through wellbeing webinars, events, and projects, we also offer specific mental health support to GCU Students. 

Mental health is different from our mental wellbeing. Those with a mental illness can still experience positive mental wellbeing. This is explained through the Mental Health Continuum model, and is demonstrated in the chart below. In the UK Mental Illness is classified as a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Mental Health Continuum: 

Mental Health Continuum


At GCU, our Wellbeing Service has contextualised support for Mental Health by our Mental Health Advisors, our Wellbeing Advisor, and the GCU Counselling and Disability Teams. 

The wellbeing service offers a weekly newsletter, and an online module. If you need support, please contact us.

What's a Mental Health Adviser?

The role of the Mental Health Adviser is to support students who may be experiencing emotional or psychological distress or personal difficulties. The Mental Health Adviser will be able to co-ordinate support for students with mental health difficulties and act as a point of contact for the duration of your studies.

The Mental Health Adviser works alongside the disability service and counselling service, but it is not their role to be a counsellor. They will be able to support and encourage you to consider your rights and think about any additional resources which may help you to access education.

Each case will be viewed independently and will vary according to the students’ needs. As well as encouraging you to think about adjustments and resources, the Mental Health Adviser will be able to support you by providing interventions, offering advice and guidance, and signposting/referring to therapeutic and medical services when appropriate.

You can contact our Mental Health Advisers by emailing

What's a Student Wellbeing Adviser?

Student Wellbeing Advisers can offer practical and emotional support to students experiencing a wide variety of problems that are affecting their studies and/or mental health and wellbeing. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Supporting Student Carers through creating Carer’s Plans and providing ongoing assistance and advice.
  • Named contact for LGBTQ+ students providing emotional support and guidance
  • Supporting trans* students with processes around updating student records
  • Advising and assisting with general welfare issues
  • Offering guidance to students who have concerns about a friend
  • Providing advice and signposting for students facing financial/hardship difficulties
  • Liaising with the academic department on behalf of a student
  • Signposting to support services within the university
  • Helping students identify and make links with appropriate external support
  • Supporting students who have experienced gender-based violence

You can contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers by emailing or by filling out the first appointment form. 

What's Counselling?

Counselling involves a series of confidential sessions where the counsellor/therapist and student will explore the student’s issues or concerns. These sessions take place at a regular, mutually agreed time.  Counselling is not about giving advice or opinions, nor is it a friendly chat with a friend. The counsellor /therapist will help the student to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to cope with or resolve their situation.

Counselling may involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, ways of relating, of thinking, and patterns of behaviour. The counsellor/therapist will offer the student a safe, non-judgemental relationship to explore whatever concerns they may bring. 

The service is staffed by a team of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists working with a variety of approaches. Most students meet with their counsellor or therapist for a series of anywhere between 1 and 6 weekly appointments.

Some of the most common issues which students ask for help with are low mood, anxiety, and relationship problems.  Many students benefit from exploring their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in the confidential counselling setting.

Staff: Teaching Students with ill mental health

We also provide resources for staff to support your learning and student experience at GCU at our Teaching Students with ill mental health pages.