Wellbeing Support is available for all students throughout the year.
Wellbeing Adviser, Louise Gill, says: 'The Wellbeing service is here to support our students with anything that may be having an impact on their wellbeing. The aim of the Wellbeing service is for our students to feel listened to in a compassionate, respectful and empathetic way, facilitating solutions and additional resources and support where appropriate. The service hopes to help students feel that they regain their sense of wellbeing and potential to engage fully with their academic studies and student life.'
At any time if you feel you are struggling please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Louise Gill is the wellbeing adviser for students studying on all courses except Paramedic Science.
If you are a Paramedic Science Student please link in with our Paramedic Science Wellbeing Adviser, Dona Smith. To contact Dona you can email CWS@qmu.ac.uk or fill in a Wellbeing Service Referral Form
Appointments are available in person/on campus or online using Microsoft Teams.
To access Microsoft Teams, download the free Microsoft Team app onto your device.
Some examples of reasons students access the Wellbeing service....
Anxiety. Stress. Depressive illness/low mood. Drug and/or alcohol misuse. Disordered eating. Bereavement. Mental health deterioration/mental health diagnosis. Gambling addiction. Relationship difficulties. Disclosures and support related to sexual violence, assault, rape, domestic abuse. Academic concerns/course worries. Struggles with student life.
Whatever your concern is please do know that support is available to you from the Wellbeing service.
The Wellbeing Adviser can offer you support and guidance. They may also direct you to helpful resources, other support services within QMU and/or external support services.
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Meet the Wellbeing Adviser
Our Wellbeing Adviser is Louise Gill. Louise manages the Student Wellbeing Service and Stay on Course Support. Louise Gill is based in the main campus building in Student Services.
Appointments with Louise Gill are available face to face on campus or online, using Microsoft Teams, depending on your preference.
To access Microsoft Teams you can download the free Microsoft Team app onto your device.
The information you choose to share with the Wellbeing Adviser will be treated as confidential. The Wellbeing Adviser is part of the Student Services team.
Relevant information may be shared with other Student Services team members to ensure you receive the most effective and co-ordinated support.
In situations where we are concerned about a student’s welfare, we might extend confidentiality to your PAT and Programme Leader and with your consent we would like to be able to share concerns with your GP and Next of Kin.
There are some circumstances where we have to disclose information without your consent such as; if there is a requirement in law to disclose; or if it is considered that there is substantial risk of harm to you, or a third party if information is not disclosed.
The information that you share within Student Services will be treated confidentially and held by the University in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018, General Data Protection Regulations 2018 and Queen Margaret University Data Protection Policy and Student Privacy Statement.
Data Protection and Record Keeping
The service works according to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Notes taken during the meeting with the Wellbeing Adviser may record background information and key issues worked on in the session. These will vary in length and detail. Points of concern are also noted. These are stored securely and password protected.
Access to notes
Under the Data Protection Act 2018, students accessing the Wellbeing Service have the right to access all information held about them by the Wellbeing Service. This can be done by a 'Subject Access Request'.
If you find yourself or someone you know experiencing a Mental Health Crisis or emergency, please know that support is available:
Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency.
Contact NHS 24 – Free phone: 111
Book an emergency GP appointment - Your GP holds overall health responsibility including any mental health concerns you may have.
For students registered with a medical practice in East Lothian (including Riverside Medical Practice) you can:
- Call the CWIC service for mental health concerns to speak to a trained practitioner, for more information on mental health support from the CWIC service click HERE
NHS Emergency Mental Health Assessment can be available through contacting the Mental Health Assessment Service on 0131 537 6000. This is a self-referral service and is based in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place.
Penumbra run The Edinburgh Crisis Centre and they can be contacted directly on 0808 801 0414 if you want to discuss a mental health crisis.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, violence, intimate partner violence, assault, rape or you feel that your own safety or someone else's is at risk PLEASE KNOW THERE IS SUPPORT AVAILABLE:
At any time if you or anyone else is in immediate danger please call the Police on 999.
Breathing Space Helpline
Free phone: 0800 83 85 87
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 6pm to 2am, Friday 6pm – Monday 6am
Edinburgh Night Line
Confidential Support for Students 8pm-8am term-time. Tel: 0131 557 4444
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
Wellbeing Lothian support and resources from NHS on a variety of topics including panic attacks, anxiety, stress, sleep
iThrive - mental health and wellbeing support across Edinburgh
Additional Support Resources
LGBTQ+ Specific Support
LGBT Helpline Scotland - The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00-9:00pm. Just call 0300 123 2523. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT Health and wellbeing
Lothian Transgender Support Programme please contact Jules Stapleton Barnes on 0131 523 1104 or by email: email@example.com
LGBT Headspace: Mental Health and Wellbeing for LGBT people in Edinburgh
LGBT Spiritual Space: A supportive space to discuss identity and spirtualism
Coping with depression
Coping with self-harm
Penumbra, one of Scotland’s mental health charities provides informal emotional support for people who self-harm as well as their families and carers: penumbra.org.uk
The UK mental-health charity Mind offers information and support for coping with self-harm.
Coping with Anxiety
Coping with bereavement
Stay on Course Support
Stay on Course aims to provide rapid support to students who are experiencing difficulties in managing and coping with their academic studies.
Many factors may impact on a student's wellbeing, this may effect their ability to engage and cope with their academic studies.
Specifically, Stay on Course aims to promote:
- class attendance
- course progression and achievement
- student experience and satisfaction.
How it works
The Wellbeing Adviser, Louise Gill offers students Stay on Course support.
This may lead to engaging with additional support from other student services such as Disability Services, Careers and Employability, Funding, Counselling and the Effective Learning Service. The Adviser may also suggest linking in to Community resources and support services external to QMU.
It may also be beneficial to link in with academic staff and/or the student's PAT.
Stay on Course offers students follow-up continued support as necessary.
HOW TO ACCESS SUPPORT
You may discuss with your PAT who can refer on you to Stay on Course on your behalf or you can make contact directly to arrange an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Voluntary Mental Health and Wellbeing Self-Assessment Tool
If you would like to assess your own 'Mental Health and Wellbeing' please click this link - the form is entirely voluntary and anonymous.
Staff may also refer students into the Wellbeing service for support.
It is best that staff discuss this with the student first, and if the student feels unable to access support directly themselves, staff can refer them to the Wellbeing service on the students' behalf, by emailing:
If you would like to discuss your concerns regarding a student with the Wellbeing adviser please do get in touch.
If you are very concerned regarding a students' wellbeing please do consult the Distressed Student Guide - a guide for University Staff HERE
Events and Groups
"The Wellbeing Service has been vital to me in the past few days, I would advise anyone needing guidance and someone to talk to, to access this service."
"The Wellbeing Service is extremely helpful. I already feel less stressed, anxious and overwhelmed since meeting with the Adviser and accessing support."
"I wish I had gone to the Wellbeing Adviser sooner. I felt like my world was falling apart, I felt so alone and overwhelmed. The Adviser immediately helped me feel not alone and supported."
"Thank you for helping me in learning to cope with myself and the world around. Thank you for the listening."
"A safe space where I didn't feel pressured to say anything"
"In my case, word of mouth from a person who experienced excellent service from the Wellbeing Service convinced me to address my problems. I can now thank the person who was enough brave to share its experience with me and hope that someday I can dare to do the same."
"I always feel extremely welcomed, and that nothing is ever a burden. Excellent support and advice along with effective resources too. By far the most comfortable support I have had"
"Had a really good experience with the Wellbeing service. Very quick response to emails and was given a lot of helpful advice and resources after my first meeting"
Wellbeing ServiceShow Contacts
Engage with the Team
- How to improve your mental wellbeing - Mind
- Self Help Resources Anxiety & Depression for students
- NHS - Self Help Resources for Anxiety
- iThrive Edinburgh - mental health and wellbeing support in and around Edinburgh
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Support in East Lothian
- EastSpace - Mental health and wellbeing support in East Lothian