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Durham University

Counselling Service

About Us

The Counselling & Mental Health Service comprises three separate teams of trained and experienced practitioners to help you manage any difficulties that are impacting your successful engagement with your studies and with University life. We are available all year round to registered students.

You can self-refer to the Counselling and Psychological Wellbeing team; the Mental Health Advice team only accept referrals from University staff.

Free mental health support for Durham University students

The Counselling & Mental Health Service works closely with Talking Changes, an NHS-funded self help, counselling and talking therapies service. All Durham University students have free access toTalking Changes.

Talking Changes can support you if you are feeling:

  • worried
  • isolated
  • overwhelmed
  • stressed
  • anxious
  • depressed.

Services are available online, on the phone and by video call.

You can self-refer to Talking Changes on their website and you can watch an new introductory video to the work they do with students and young people here


Qwell.io is a free, safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing community for adults. Their support includes an online magazine, community forums, and professional text based support and counselling through their online platform. You can access a team of BACP accredited counsellors 365 days a year. Signing up is easy, visit Qwell.io using any device with the internet.

Contact us

Durham University Counselling & Mental Health Service

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel.: 0191 334 2200

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