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Health, wellbeing and support – how the University supports our students

We take our students health, wellbeing and career prospects seriously. We know, as you do, that students need to be healthy and happy in order to fulfill their potential and maximise their chances of getting that dream job. 


We have a range of free and confidential support systems for all students, such as our Wellbeing service. The service offers advice on a range of issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood, self-harming behaviours, bereavement and loss, eating issues, dependency and addiction, concerns about sexuality, issues with self-esteem and confidence and long-term mental health difficulties. 

Students can access these services in person, or make a confidential appointment by phone, email or using an online referral form. 

The team is made up of highly-qualified health and wellbeing professionals with a wealth of experience, so you can be confident about your child receiving the support they need.  

Disability support

The Disability Support team provides information, support and guidance to students with disabilities, mental health difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia) and long-term medical conditions. 

The team outline the services and support they offer to all students, from the application stage and throughout the entirety of their time with us: 

Making friends 

Some students need a little help making new friends and feeling comfortable in their new environment. That's why our Students' Union offers SU Buddies, which pairs new students with a current student who can help them find their way around, find the best place to get a cup of coffee, share study tips and much more. 

Friends sharing coffee

Career advice 

Our careers and employability service, Sunderland Futures offers practical advice and support to help your son or daughter in getting part-time work while they study and succeed in employment when they graduate. 

We firmly believe that the key to getting a dream job when graduating is to start early, and Sunderland Futures offers a range of support that extends for up to three years after your child graduates.

More information

As a parent, while we may not be able to discuss your child's specific circumstances with you, you are welcome to contact any of our support services, visit them in person, or speak to them at an Open Day and find out more about the comprehensive support that's on offer at the University of Sunderland.

Don't just take our word for it though, read graduate Sophie Dishman's blog about the how the University supports our students' mental health.

If you have any questions about health, wellbeing and what services we offer to students, please get in touch:
Tel: 0191 515 2933

To learn more about our careers and employability service, you can contact Sunderland Futures on:
Tel: 0191 515 2920

To find out more about our Students' Union and the services they offer, visit their website or contact them on:
Tel: 0191 515 3030

Find out more about our University Chaplaincy, our Interfaith Centre, and how you can practice and explore your faith at the University, whatever your religion or denomination.

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