External Resources

for student wellbeing

A list of external agencies and other resources for help with your wellbeing

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Below we have listed a range of external agencies and other resources for help. 
They are broadly organised by topic or issue, the order within the lists has no signifance.

We have not checked the information within these sites and cannot be held responsible for their content.

Alcohol and drugs

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 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 supports for those with drug-related concerns. Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 5599. Open 10am-5pm.

Club Drug Clinic is an NHS service helping people who are having problems with resulting from recreational drugs.

Club Soda offers various plans to help people be more mindful about their drinking.

Drinkline is a freephone helpline offering help and support on alcohol related issues. 0800 917 82 82.

Down your drink offers an online programme to help people cut down and control drinking, and

Drinkaware promotes responsible drinking and works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.

Marijuana Anonymous supports people to recover from marijuana addiction. 

Narcotics Anonymous a support network for addicts.

Talk to Frank is a 24 hour information and advice for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse. Run by the National Drugs Helpline. 

Black and minority ethnic groups

 Chinese Healthy Living Centre provides support for Chinese nationals living in the UK.

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 Project provides sexual health/HIV prevention and support services to Black and Minority Ethnic communities in London.

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

Centre for Clinical Interventions supplies help on a range of issues, although not specifically limited to CBT.

CBT Psychology Tools is a website that includes a range of worksheets, thought restructuring exercises and other useful information and CBT tools.

CBT Skills Training Booklet is an NHS publication on CBT to help you learn more about low moods, stress, anxiety and how CBT can help.

Get Self Help provides links to external, private UK CBT practitioners.

Mental Health Apps is a list of mental health apps that may be of interest.

Contraception and pregnancy

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service can offer students advice and practical support in relation to contraception and pregnancy  

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Helpline nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Freephone Helpline
0808 2000 247
Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge

Women and Girls Network’s Ascent AdvicService provides free and confidential information, advice and support to women and girls affected by domestic
and/or sexual violence and abuse.
The Advice team will provide you with immediate information about your options and about staying safe.

WGN Sexual Violence Helpline Flyer
WGN Advice Service Flyer

Eating problems

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.   

Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC) has 22 years of experience as a UK national eating disorder organisation. They provide information and advice to sufferers and their families.

MGEDT (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) works to raise awareness of eating disorders in men.  Their website provides information about male eating disorders and also has an online forum.

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. 

British Psychotherapy Foundation  offers low-cost Intensive Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis or Jungian Analysis. The fees range from £10 to £25 per session.

Counselling Directory 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

Longer term group psychotherapy is 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. 


Gamblers Anonymous offers the hand of friendship to anyone who is looking to try and stop gambling.


Listen to a 15-minute mp3 "Hypnosis for Anxiety", by clicking on the mp3 link here.   

You can also read the slides from a training session on hypnotherapy. 

Self hypnosis offers a brief introduction to self-hypnosis

International Students

The student counselling service has produced a list of helpful resources for international students.

UKCISA offer some useful advice on facing culture shock.

The Chinese Mental Health Association has a useful and informative website, and runs the a Helpline offering support and advice (0845 122 8660).

The Chinese National Healthy Living Centre (0845 601 6030) provides access to health services for the Chinese community, and takes an holistic approach to physical and psychological health.


East London Out Project (ELOP) provides a range of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is helpline and information for gay and lesbian people.

The Pink Practice is 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.

If you identify as trans or non-binary, MINDLINE TRANS+ offers a helpline to offer support when you need it. The number is 0300 330 5468.
The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

Transgender Support Groups lists support groups by area both in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

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.

Diagnosing Depression Guide: an introduction to different types of mental health problems, including depression.

Idealflatmate.co.uk provides an introduction to mental health for students in the document: "A Student's Guide to Looking After Your Mental Health at University".

MIND is 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. 

The National Union of Students provide a leaflet for good mental health tips for students.

Students Against Depression contains information, resources and accounts written by many different students.

Student Minds offer a range of mental health resources for university students.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has leaflets available 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 is an NHS-based, self-test for HIV, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases. (STDs). 

Stress management

The Student Counselling Service has produced a handout on stress management techniques 

If you want help with learning about relaxation and breathing techniques, you can listen to and download MP3 files here.

The Student Counselling Service has produced a handout on on coping with exam stress, including last minute panic attacks.

Self hypnosis offers a brief introduction to self-hypnosis

Students and young people

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.

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 , 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 year. 

UK life

HOST UK is a charity, partnered with LSE, 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 Support line on 0845 30 30 900. The line is open 9am - 9pm weekdays, 9am - 7pm weekends, 9am - 5pm on bank holidays. 


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