Help Yourself Support

On this page you can find a wide range of resources to help you with the most common problems faced by students. We'll be adding to these resources to try and help you find the solutions to any issues you may be having quickly and easily. 

If you can't find the solution here, you may need to speak to one of our advisors. To make an appointment, call into the SU or contact us on

Wellbeing Guides



Consent, violence against women, harassment and hate crime

Sexual Health

At the SU we want everyone to be able to access the support they need regarding sexual health and relationships. We know it isn’t always easy to talk about, but being upfront about sex and relationships is the best way to promote your wellbeing and ensure that you have the happiest and healthiest time at Uni.

Pop along to the SU to sign up for a ‘c-card’ or to get information on the local services you need. 


University services are also available and free to access. Remember you can also receive sexual health advice from your GP. If you’re not already registered with a GP we can help you do this today at Find a GP

For family planning and testing services, visit here

For online sexual health and relationships info, visit here and/or here

Consent, violence against women, harassment and hate crime

Everyone has the right to feel safe on campus and in their community and nobody should have to experience discrimination, harassment or violence.

We’re working closely with the University to help them take effective action to prevent any form of violence, harassment and hate crime and ensure students who experience this are properly supported. If you want to report a concern you can do so via the online reporting tool. You can use this tool even if you don’t want to progress your concern formally either with the Police or the University. You can also use this tool to report anonymously.

If you are a victim or have witnessed an incident, please tell someone and get the support you need. You can also report it to the Police (in a non-emergency on 101, and if you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999).

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, visit here or call 0191 221 9222 for support and advice. You can also contact Rape Crisis here.

Mental Health

Just like physical health, we all have mental health! Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, but often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their studies, jobs or relationships. That’s not right and there are lots of ways we can help each other and get support.


If you’re struggling with your mental health you can talk it over with the SU’s Wellbeing Team. To book a coaching session contact or to find out more visit


University services are also available and free to access. If you’d rather speak to someone anonymously, charities like Washington Mind are there for support too. You can also call The Samaritans free on 116 123. All calls are free from any phone.


If you’re suffering from homesickness, you’re certainly not the only one! Being at university can be as daunting and challenging as it is exciting, which is why we have SU Buddies, to help new students settle into university life and current students get a bit of extra support when they need it. To find out more visit get a Buddy.

To give you a helping hand here’s a few suggestions about how to deal with it!

  • Don’t give yourself a hard time
  • Don’t spend too much time in your room
  • Keep your expectations realistic
  • Bring home comforts
  • Stay positive
  • Ask for help
  • Explore your surroundings, volunteer, take part in SU activities and events!
  • Keep in touch (but not too much!)
  • Keep healthy

See our Homesickness guide for more info.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness and Abuse

Know your limits

The alcohol unit guidelines (of not drinking more than 14 units a week) are in place to help protect you and keep the risk of long and short-term harm from drinking alcohol low. The more you drink, the less you will be able to spot dangerous situations or do something risky.


Eat before you drink

Eating before you go out and drinking plenty of water will also help you not to get too drunk. There’s no shame in having a soft drink or water when you’re in the pub. You’ll be much better company if you’re sober enough to enjoy your night out. No-one wants to go for a drink with someone who gets too messy.


Watch your drink

Drinks spiked with alcohol or drugs can make you vulnerable so get into the habit of not leaving your drink unattended when you go to the toilet or to dance. It can be a scary experience and many people don’t report the incidence because they simply don’t remember what happened.

Find out more about the symptoms of Drink Spiking and further information here

If you suspect you’ve been assaulted try to tell someone you trust. You can go to the Police, local GP or hospital. If you don’t feel able to straight away you can call the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre on 0808 802 9999 (12 – 2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day). 


It doesn't matter if you're drunk or sober...

Almost a third of young women and 10% of young men have experienced inappropriate touching on a night out. Some people think that it’s OK to grab and grope strangers on a night out after a few drinks. But, there are limits, even when you’re drunk. How would you feel if someone did that to your boyfriend/girlfriend, family member or friend? You would be pretty upset, right? So on a night out treat others how you would want yourself and the people you love to be treated.

Staying Safe on a Night Out

To be really safe on a night out, get organised and look after your friends and yourself. There are just a few really easy steps you can take to make sure the night goes off without incident. Remember ‘keys, money, phone, plans to get home!’

See our Staying Safe on a Night Out guide for more info. 

There’s also advice and information for students from Northumbria Police

Liberation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to providing inclusive and supportive activities and spaces without fear of racism, sexism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination. We are proud to support and promote liberation activities including black, disabled, women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans students.

There are local groups you could get involved with or support from including the University’s very own LGBT Society

Sunderland LGBT Support Group. Sunderland Pride and Sunderland Mind are also working in partnership to provide an LGBT support group.
Call Sunderland Mind on: 0191 5657218, or Joel from Sunderland Pride on: 07555422018
or go to

Personal Wellbeing

For general support and information on maintaining your overall wellbeing, pop into the SU or make an appointment with the Wellbeing Team or by calling 0191 5153030. Alternatively, you can visit Live Life Well for tips, advice and signposting to wellbeing services within the city.  

Be happy, healthy and safe at the University of Sunderland.

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Transitioning into Higher Education

Student Minds have releases a set of guides to help and support wit the transition into High Education. Click HERE to read them.