Mental Health

No one has to face a mental health problem alone.

We offer advice on many student matters. Check out our other advice topics.

Minds Matter

Minds Matter is the mental health campaign run by DUSA alongside the University, the Sports’ Union and the Mental Health Society. Over the past year the campaign has hosted a range of events and activities to raise awareness of, and support those with mental health issues. From podcasts with mental health professionals to colouring in, we aim to break the stigma around mental health. We see the importance of our student’s mental well-being and are here to support you through your studies at Dundee.

From stress to depression to anxiety, mental health problems can affect us all at any time and nobody needs to suffer alone. That’s what we’re here for, a friendly face to talk to and provide you with information and support when taking that big step.

UoD Support

The University Health Service consists of a medical adviser (doctor) and a mental health nurse. Find out more about the support your university can offer you.

Mental Health Facts and Figures

1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year


Doctors believe the majority of people suffering a mental health problem do not seek help

Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder, effecting almost 9% of people the UK

Due to Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression cases rise by 7% during the winter months

ISE – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

The links between good mental health and sport and exercise are well recognised. It has been proven that regular exercise can help mitigate the effects of mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and more widely, exercise can be used by all as a preventative means of ensuring balanced mental wellbeing.  NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport recognise this in colleges and universities around Scotland through the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards.

We work together with the ISE – Sports Union, the university health service and student services on a whole range of activities and projects with the aim of bringing about practical changes across the whole institution. We want our campus to be a healthier and happier one!

Taking up regular activity will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Here are just a few of things you can look forward to:

  • A boost of happy endorphins
  • Lots of quality sleep
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Improved brainpower
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

We believe physical activity is undoubtedly the best medicine for health and well-being and we work towards supporting this statement every day. We believe our work makes an impact transforming lives not only in the University but also within the wider community.

Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE)

How can sport or exercise help?
  • Physical activity 3 times a week can cut your chances of getting depression by about 20%
  • 30 mins x 5 a week = Best way to get the most out of sessions of moderate physical activity
  • 85% of participants in a study said exercise was ‘helpful’ in alleviating mental health issues

Visit the ISE Gym

Or, if you need help or a bit of support to get started, email Nik

University of Dundee Services

Mental Health

The University Health Service is located in the Support Hub at the Old Techincal Institute. Appointments with the mental health Nurse should be booked in advance by calling +44 (0)1382 384168

Find out more about this and other health services your University provide here.

Worried about a friend? Fiona is happy to listen to any concerns regarding mental health which relate to other students or staff.

Fiona Grant (RMN, BSc Hons)

Senior Nurse in Mental Health


The University’s counselling service provides free counselling available on the Main Campus, Kirkcaldy Campus and Ninewells Campus. They’re based in the Support Hub in the Old Technical Institute.

Pop over anytime Monday to Friday, from 9am – 5pm or contact via telephone on +44 (0)1382 384164


If you want support but don’t want to visit the counselling service, Nightline offers free confidential and anonymous listening support. They are open from 8pm-8am every night of term. Talk about anything you like. Nothing is too big, or too small and anything you choose to say will remain completely confidential and anonymous.

You can contact Nightline on +44 (0)1382 381183

More ways to look after your mental health

Colouring in’s a great stress reliever

DUSA has teamed up with DJCAD students to produce a stress busting colouring book on Dundee. Keep a look out for the book during the year. Here’s a little taster for you to download and colour.

Visit the ISE Gym

Healthy body, healthy mind

DUSA Societies

Find your passion

NHS Services

Speak to your GP

Mental Health Society

Support from fellow students