Student Health

Coming to University is a new experience

Here is a quick checklist for your health needs.

  • Register with one GP surgery (us!)
  • Have your New patient health check (this will help us identify where your health needs are)
  • Look after your mental health (do this by using our self help guide below or services like student wellbeing)
  • Browse your ‘myport’ account; it has loads of articles to help you along the way
  • If you feel your studies are being affected by your health, speak with your tutor, inform us and submit ECF’s (extenuating circumstances forms) if needed. ECF’s can give you extended deadlines if you are struggling.


Additional support over the holidays

Student wellbeing has linked with a service that provides mental health wellbeing & support, even over the holidays. 

To access this service use your WhatsUp app or follow the link here to be given the freephone helpline number. 

Additionally, if you live in Halls of residence you can seek support from the 'Res life team', as well as being able to support 

  • health concerns
  • homesickness
  • relationship problems (e.g. with housemates)
  • noisy neighbours
  • Food packages (if you have to self isolate)

They are offering a christmas timetable to keep you busy, click the link here to see more

Mental health Self Help guide

Click on the link below read about the online self help resources that you can use to support you throughout university

Student Wellbeing online resources.docx

Wellbeing Cafe


The Wellbeing Café is a friendly weekly meeting place which offers an opportunity to meet up with other students interested in supporting their own wellbeing at university.

Click on the link below for more information:

The Wellbeing Cafe.pdf

Student Health App

The FREE Student Health App provides useful and reliable health information for students - all in one single place. It can be customised for universities to signpost local services.

Click on the link below for the website and download the app:

Expert self-care for students

Student Wellbeing Service

University of Portsmouth, Student Wellbeing Service

The Student Wellbeing Service offers confidential help with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns and is available to every student at the University, free of charge.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 3157 Email:

Location: Nuffield Centre, Ground Floor, Student Advice Services Reception, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED 

*temporarily closing from the 18th for the holidays. See the 3rd box at the top of the page for support 

Alcohol, drugs & university

During your studies, you may be tempted to try new things. If you feel that you need support to stop using alcohol and/or drugs then you can speak with us OR self refer to The wellbeing service, provided by the local council.

This service can also be used to help quit smoking.

Smoking – Drinking - Drugs - self referral.pdf

International Students

Transitioning to a new country, with a new culture and health system can be overwhelming. 

If you would like further support please click the link attatched to this text box.

International students wellbeing.docx

Mental Health

Are you or someone you know experiencing a crisis and need urgent mental health support? Call 111 or visit and speak to the NHS Mental Health Triage Service.

Our NHS 111 mental health triage service provides advice, support and guidance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The Mental Health Triage Team has a wide range of skills, including on the phone brief psychological support and has access to key services and organisations that can offer mental health support to people in their time of need.

The Mental Health Triage Service can be accessed by phone by dialling 111 and online at

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 999.

Click here for advice on Self Harm issues


If there is something bothering you call the Samaritans FREE - 24 hours a day, 365 day per year  - CALL 116 123 - link  

Do you find it difficult to pay for health costs?

Find out more about assistance available on the NHS website

You may be entitled to help through the NHS low income scheme, please print off and complete the HC1 form below:

HC1 Form.pdf

ADHD / Autism Information



Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people's behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.

Treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help relieve the symptoms and make the condition much less of a problem in day-to-day life.

If you're an adult living with ADHD, you may find the following advice useful:

  • if you find it hard to stay organised, then make lists, keep diaries, stick up reminders and set aside some time to plan what you need to do
  • let off steam by exercising regularly
  • find ways to help you relax, such as listening to music or learning breathing exercises for stress
  • if you have a job, speak to your employer about your condition, and discuss anything they can do to help you work better
  • if you're at college or university, ask about what adjustments can be made to support you, such as extra time to complete exams and coursework
  • talk to a doctor about your suitability to drive, as you'll need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if your ADHD affects your driving
  • contact or join a local or national support group – these organisations can put you in touch with other people in a similar situation, and can be a good source of support, information and advice

Read about living with ADHD on the AADD-UK website. AADD-UK is a charity specifically for adults with ADHD.

AADD-UK also has a list of support groups across the UK, including groups for adults, parents and carers.



Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.

It's something you're born with or first appears when you're very young.

If you're autistic, you're autistic your whole life.

Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a "cure". But some people need support to help them with certain things.

There is lots of useful information and tips on the NHS website:  Easy read information and videos about autism - NHS (

Referral for further care

If you feel that you need an assessment to be diagnosed with either ADHD/Autism please complete the following forms with as much detail as possible, and have a GP appointment. 

Waiting times for NHS assessments are very long, we are working with our local CCG and ADHD/Autism teams to find solutions for this. 

AQ-10 (Autism Spectrum Quotient)


Adult Self-Assessment Score


Non-English Speakers - How the NHS works

These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.

Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.

Open the leaflets in one of the following languages: