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The following links below mark the 21 most recent pages you have visited in Sunderland.ac.uk.

Wellbeing Resources

The Wellbeing Service has developed a comprehensive list of books available at the University of Sunderland which will compliment any counselling, mental health and specialist mentoring support. Please follow this link to locate the Wellbeing Resources available in the University's library.

In addition to this, we have found a number of helpful links to local and national organisations, support groups, self-help guides, apps and websites to help you with any struggles you may face. Look below to see what we have found.

On the left-hand side of this page we also have a few self-help resources covering topics such as stress, low mood, procrastination and meditation. Give them a look! 

If you think we should add any extra resources or topics to this section please email us at wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk

External Support for Abuse support and recovery

Angelou Centre - (support for BME/refuges)
0191 2260394

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line
0808 8010327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 9995428

Northumbria Police

National Association for People Abused in Childhood - supporting adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse

Rape Crisis England and Wales - emotional support, information, and self-help for women and girls

National Centre for Domestic Abuse - A free, fast emergency injunction service for survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Freephone 24 hour national Domestic Abuse Helpline - Confidential support and information for female survivors of domestic abuse on a range of issues 

GALOP  - National domestic abuse helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans + survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime

WWiN-Wearside Women in Need - Provides accessible community-based services to women and children at risk of, or suffering, abuse.

Self-help tools 

Survivors UK - A range of support services provided by trained professionals who are specialists in the field of male sexual violence.

Mindfulness for Survivors 

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland - 0800 035 2794 - Mon - Thurs 6pm - 8.30pm Friday 11am - 2pm

Services for Males - Information and support for men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse

Mens Advice Line -The Helpline for male victims of domestic abuse - 0808 8010327 - Telephone support - Mon–Fri 9am-8pm

Mankind - Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – call 01823 334244 

Women’s Aid - helping women and children who have been impacted by abuse

SignHealth - Advice and support for Deaf adults and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Karma Nirvana - supporting victims of honour-based abuse and arranged marriage

IKWRO-Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation - Advice and support for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK.

Muslim Women’s Network Helpline - National specialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline offering information, support and guidance for those who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues

Jewish Women’s Aid - Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous - helping people with alcohol problems, including local AA meetings and a national helpline

Drink Aware - help reducing alcohol consumption

Add Action - educating on alcohol and drug misuse and supporting those involved

Talk to Frank - informative website about drugs



Eating Disorders

Beat is an excellent organisation who support those with eating disorders including a specific helpline for students

Helpline: 0808 801 0677  
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Youthline: 0808 801 0711

Beat's Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9am–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays. If you can't get through immediately, please do try again or try their one-to-one web chat.

If you are in need of urgent help for yourself or someone else outside of our Helpline opening hours, please contact 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.


LGBTQ+ is used as an umbrella term here but we are fully aware that it is not one homogenous group but in fact everyone is different and can be affected depending on other factors such as age, ethnicity, religion, cultural background and many more converging identities.

Those of us who do identify as LGBTQ+ tend to experience more mental health problems due to increased exposure to:

•Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
•Stigma and Discrimination
•Difficult experiences of coming out
•Social isolation and rejection

This can unfortunately lead to problems such as;
• low self-esteem
• depression
• anxiety, including social anxiety
• eating problems
• misusing drugs and alcohol
• self-harm
• suicidal feelings.

If you are experiencing any one of these, it is good to reach out for support from your Wellbeing team, we can help you through these feelings. You can submit a referral to our team here. 

If you think you have been discriminated against, there are things you can do to challenge it. You can anonymously report any hate crime, harassment, aggression or sexual violence using our online reporting tool. 

You can also report an incident or a concern directly to:
• University Security: 0191 515 2028 (including out of normal hours)
• The Wellbeing Team 0191 515 2933 / wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk
• The Student’s Union 0191 515 3030 / ussu@sunderland.ac.uk
• For UofS in London 0207 531 7343 / londonhealth@sunderland.ac.uk

There is also a lot of external support that you can reach out to which we have provided links too here:

Stonewall regional LGBTQ+ Support Groups online directory

Stonewall BAME LGBTQ+ support groups

Religious LGBTQ+ Faith Groups

Side by Side – Mind’s Online Community

Searchable directory of LGBTQ+ Voluntary and Community organisations

Mind – LGBTQ+ Mental Health Useful Contacts

GALOP Anti-violence charity for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence

MindLine Trans+ - helpline for people who identify as trans, agender, gender fluid, non-binary.

LGBT+ North East

Support for Survivors

Staying safe online when accessing LGBT+ domestic abuse support

Emergency accommodation and housing support for LGBT+ Survivors of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse and the LGBT+ communities

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Here you'll find the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion page which features case studies, FAQ's and reports.

Student Mental Health

Student Minds - Offers a large amount of mental health information and support for students

Students Against Depression - connected to Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, for students struggling with anxiety, depression, and related issues

Sunderland MIND - We are Sunderland Mind – an independent charity run by local people for local people. Providing confidential, high-quality services for individuals, carers and families experiencing emotional or mental health problems. We aim to do this in a safe, caring, non-judgmental and supportive environment

Student Space - Student Space has a range of information, advice, services and tools to support you from Friendships and Social Life to Lockdown and Self-Isolation. You can get 24/7 free, confidential and anonymous support from a trained volunteer. Whether you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, loneliness or relationship issues, Student Space staff are there to listen and support through a variety of ways. 


Your University has it's own specialist estranged team. Please visit their web page for contact details - https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/help/student-support/estranged/team/

Externally, the organisation Stand Alone provide support for adults who have become estranged from their parents - https://www.standalone.org.uk

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