Other Support Services available at the University

Please see below for information about:

Mental Health Advisory Service


Mental health can be described as your own personal sense of well-being. Similar to physical health, your sense of well-being can fluctuate and is some times better than at other times. However, despite it affecting everybody and being a normal part of life, people are frequently reluctant to talk about it. It is estimated that one in four people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year. For some the difficulty will be relatively mild and transient in nature, and for others it will be more severe and enduring. These difficulties can include anxiety and depression, phobias, eating disorders, self harm, psychosis and schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder - all of which have the potential to present challenges for any student.

Evidence suggests that people between the ages of 18 and 22 are at increased risk of developing mental health difficulties. Combined with the stress factors of university life, such as moving away from home, financial concerns and academic demands, students can be at further risk. Indeed, if you have experienced mental health difficulties in the past, you may find that the initial adjustment to student life can affect your usual coping strategies and that University Support Services can assist you with this transition.

If you feel concerned that you, a friend or one of your students may have mental health needs then you can contact the Student Mental Health Adviser (Lindsay Pendleton -mhas@liverpool.ac.uk).

The Counselling Service


Counselling offers an opportunity to think and talk about your concerns, through dialogue with a trained counsellor. In time this exploration may help you develop an increased knowledge of yourself whilst helping you to locate appropriate coping mechanisms and possible changes in your behaviour. The Counselling Service is here to help you to look at problems of a personal and emotional nature so that you can begin to explore your alternatives.

All counselling in the Counselling Service is given in the strictest confidence and ordinarily nothing will be divulged to anyone outside the Service without your written permission. Rare exceptions to this will be explained to you by your counsellor in the initial session, and in the leaflet given to you when you register with the Service

Life at university can be difficult at times and may well highlight or produce problems which might not otherwise appear. Difficulties regularly talked over with a counsellor might include:

  • General Unhappiness
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Feelings of panic
  • Personal Worries
  • Family problems
  • Eating problems
  • Relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Self harm
  • Physical injury
  • Drug or alcohol related problems
  • Unwanted sexual experiences
  • Pressure of Work
  • Poor motivation
  • Adapting to change
  • Changing course
  • 'Dropping out'
  • Excessive demands
  • Exam anxiety or failure

This list contains only some of the problems that might be experienced. Counselling gives you space and time to explore issues that are important to you.

Student Health


You will find a range of health services in and around the University, including an on-campus General Practice and a drop-in health advice centre at the main halls of residence.

Brownlow Medical is based in the University's Student Services Centre and provides dedicated student health services. This is a full-time general practice, with surgeries held every week day, all year round.

The practice has GPs, nursing staff and an Immediate Access Clinic where registered patients can be seen without an appointment

Student Health Advice Centre is open during term time and is situated at the Halls of Residence on Carnatic Site, Mossley Hill. The centre offers a full range of nursing services including contraception, sexual health screening, health advice, minor injuries and the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes.

All students may use these facilities whether resident in Carnatic or not.