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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 mmergency.

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.

Southampton Crisis Lounge: (The Lighthouse, 147 Shirley Road, Options Wellbeing, The Annexe, Southampton, SO15 3FH), offers a safe haven for people in a mental health crisis and is open every day from 2pm until 10pm. This website offers basic general advice about a range of problems and has lists of organisations and helplines that can help. This website has good advice about managing depression and guided self-help. The 'desperate right now' button is on the top right-hand corner of the page.

Papyrus (prevention of young suicide - for people up to age 35) has a range of support and a helpline open Monday - Friday: 10am-10pm, weekends: 2-10pm and bank holidays: 2-5pm. have good student tailored advice and guidance.

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