University Support

The Durham University Counselling and Mental Health Service offers a high standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or are affecting their studies/work.

The Counselling and Mental Health Service is there to enable you to become more effective in your lives and overcome barriers to achieving your full potential. If you feel anxious about approaching the Service and talking about your concerns, please contact Student Support.

The Counselling and Mental Health service has recently partnered up with Nilaari, a Bristol based charity with over 20 years experience in the Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic community delivering social care support, talking therapies and training. This means that Durham students have direct access to culturally-appropriate talking therapy for those struggling with stress, general anxiety and low self-esteem. If you are looking for support from a counsellor with a specific background, you can self-refer directly to Nilaari by emailing By providing your Durham email address and banner ID, you can request up to six free counselling sessions.

  • Durham Campus:

Tel:  0191 334 2200


  • If you email this email, they will then send you two self-referral forms which you fill out and then they will send you an online booking form to book an appointment. The self-referral forms are there just so they can find out a bit more about your situation, and get you the most relevant support available at the counselling service.
For Nilaari:



Disability Service

Our Disability Support service can advise you and organise special academic facilities in Durham or Stockton if you have a disability and need some help. They will try to provide whatever support is necessary to enable you to study effectively and make full use of your opportunities at University, including support through the application and interview procedure, if required.

Call the Disability Support on 0191 334 8115 (Voice/Minicom) or email or write to them at: Disability Support, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

Healthcare and GP Services

At Durham University we take the health and well being of our students very seriously. When you arrive at Durham, you are advised to register with a local GP practice. Please make sure that your college knows which practice you are registered with.


The Durham Student Union LGBT+a (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, + Association) exists to provide representation, welfare services, campaigns, and socials to anyone who identifies as being under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, including but not limited to:

those under the trans umbrella, genderqueer, genderfluid, genderflux, agender, pangender, bigender, intergender, non-binary, third-gender, and gender questioning or non-conforming individuals;

intersex individuals;

lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, grey-asexual, demisexual, homoromantic, panromantic, biromantic, aromantic, and polyamorous individuals, or anyone on any of these spectra.

The Durham LGBT+a also welcomes and encourages the involvement of allies, so feel free to bring your non-LGBTQ+ friends along!


The SWDa are there to support students, through mentoring, working with the disability service, organising socials, campaigning and raising disability awareness.

A disability, as defined in law and by the university, means anyone suffering from anything that impacts upon their ability to participate fully in university life. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Mobility issues
  • Mental health problems
  • Specific Learning Differences (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc)
  • Sensory impairments
  • Chronic fatigue conditions
  • Any other long term medical conditions

DSU and University Support

The Durham Student’s Union ( has a dedicated advice service that offers free support, advice and signposting on a range of issues including housing, wellbeing, financial support, academic support, student worker rights, harassment and misconduct and more. Click the button below to access this


The university has a report and support tool to make it easier for you to seek support and/or report sexual misconduct and violence, bullying, harassment, hate crime, domestic abuse. You can use this tool to report an incident and seek support, or to just seek support. You can choose to do this anonymously