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We offer a variety of support, including talking therapy, hypnotherapy, groups/workshops and mental health advice.

Talking therapy

Talking therapy is a general term to describe any psychological support that provides the opportunity to talk with a trained professional about the issues affecting you.

At Solent, we offer a range of talking therapies to help you if you're struggling.

To refer yourself for talking therapy please complete the online self-referral form, and write that you would like to speak with a therapist or talking therapy on your form.

If you feel unable to complete the form for any reason please don't hesitate to contact us for assistance at:

Mental health advice

The mental health advisers co-ordinate support for students with mental health difficulties to ensure that students get the best support to meet their needs both within the University and from services outside the University.

Not all students who have mental health needs will need to see the mental health adviser. If you are able to manage your own mental health needs or you have a plan of support meeting your needs, there is unlikely to be a role for them, but they are happy to meet and talk this through if you are unsure.


Hypnotherapy gives you an opportunity to create and develop techniques that can help you to overcome habitual patterns of behaviour that are affecting you.

If you are struggling with exam nerves, anxiety around presentations, or feel that hypnotherapy might help you cope with your studies for other reasons, then please refer yourself for hypnotherapy via the online self-referral form. (If you require hypnotherapy for exams or presentations, please let us know the dates of these, so we can organise an appointment for you in time.)

Hypnotherapy sessions do not explore the root or cause of the obstacle but focus on creating techniques to help overcome this (eg, managing anxiety) or help achieve your goal (eg, sit an exam without nerves). If you feel you want to explore or understand the origins or root of the obstacle, we would recommend accessing one of our talking therapies

Contact us

If you are a student and would like to self-refer please complete an online self-referral form.

If you are soon to be a student at Solent University and would like to know about support from our service, you can get in contact with the team by emailing .

If you are a parent of a student, please know that without consent from the student we cannot share any information regarding the student with you. You can, however, get in touch with us or with the Student Hub if you want to share information with us. You can email the therapy and mental health team at or the Student Hub at

If you need help urgently

If you have hurt yourself and need medical treatment and/or you cannot keep yourself safe, go to your GP surgery. If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS out of hours medical service on 111.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but are not in a life-threatening situation. If you feel at risk of serious harm to yourself or from others, go straight to your nearest accident and emergency department.

The Samaritans in Southampton provide 24-hour support by phone on 116 123 or email In Southampton, the Samaritans also offer a walk-in service between 10am and 10pm at their branch HQ which can be found at 11 College Place, London Road, Southampton, SO15 2FE.

Southampton Lighthouse offers a safe space for those in mental health crisis to get support. It is open to anyone who lives within the SO14-SO19 postcodes, and feels they are at crisis point with their mental health. They are open every day from 4.30pm to 11.30pm. To access the service text ‘lighthouse’ and your postcode (for example LIGHTHOUSE SO14 0YG) to 07451 276010 between their opening hours. Their staff will then contact you via telephone, email, webchat or text.

The Harbour is an out-of-hours mental health service for anyone living in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire who needs short-term support in times of great difficulty or is struggling with poor mental health. They are open Friday to Sunday 4.30pm – 11pm. To access call or text 07418 364911 between their opening hours.

Support Line This website offers basic general advice about a range of problems and has lists of organisations and helplines that can help.

Students Against Depression This website has good advice about managing depression and guided self-help.

Papyrus Prevention of young suicide - for people up to age 35 - has a range of support and a helpline open every day 9am to midnight.

Student Minds has good student tailored advice and guidance.

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