Support over the Christmas break


With Term 1 now over it’s time for only one thing, Christmas break! Although for many Christmas can be a time for catching up with friends and family, not everyone finds Christmas time or the break from university easy.

We want you to know that you’re not alone if you do find the festive period difficult or are worried about being alone during this time. So to sign off the blog for Term 1 we’ve got some tips for support over Christmas or what you can do in Nottingham if you are staying during the break!

External Support over Christmas

  • Although NTU’s Student Support Services might not be available over the break, don’t forget there is always support available. If you are in need of someone to talk to the Samaritans support line is open 24/7 365 days a year and can be reached at 116 123. If you’re in a crisis and don’t feel able to talk on the phone, Shout is a support text service that can be accessed 24/7 by texting 85258.

Online support

  • As well as immediate support with the above services there’s also NTU’s SilverCloud which aims to provide the support and help you need through CBT modules anytime, anywhere.

Staying in Nottingham?

  • If you’re staying in Nottingham over Christmas break there’s plenty of things that you coud get involved with over the festive period. To find out what’s on go here
  • Why not volunteer or go along to a Christmas Day community meal, Left Lion have a run down on 5 community meals happening in Nottingham
  • City Global Lounge is also open till the 23rd December with events on from the 16th – 20th December! Why not head down, relax and meet some new people!

In need of a supportive community to talk to?

  • Why not try Mind’s Elefriends, a supportive safe space to share tips and experiences and reach out to others who might be struggling to.

We hope you have a safe and restful Christmas break – see you in Term 2!

Don’t forget NTU’s Student Support Centres are closed from 24th December – 2nd January

For help and advice whilst studying at NTU, take a look at the following for sources of support.
Personal Pastoral Support at NTU (general worries and anxiety, homesickness, loneliness, a relationship breakup, or a bereavement)
Support from NTU
Silvercloud: SilverCloud is our online system designed to help with a range of mental health issues.
Depression advice
Wellness in Mind: Advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing
Struggling at Uni? Go to Student Minds
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