Counselling and mental health service

All our students can receive free and confidential counselling services. Our dedicated team of professional, experienced counsellors are available for appointments at all main campuses and will try to offer appointments at times to suit you.

Our support can help with difficult life events, such as bereavement or relationship problems. It is also helpful if you struggle with difficult emotions like low self-esteem, anger, or identity problems.

Counselling is talking therapy and is offered on a one-to-one basis. It is confidential and provides a safe space to help you to talk through issues, express and understand yourself better, and help you to work out what you need to do. You will not be forced to talk about anything you do not want to, and you will be helped to talk about things that you may find difficult to express.

It is natural to feel a bit nervous at first if you choose to try counselling, but staff are there to support you and work in a way that suits you.

You have our support and your tutor or mentor can refer you to the Mental Health Service, or if you prefer, you can log into moodle to find more information on how to contact us.

For self-help resources please down the list below:
Download Self-help resources

Mental Health Support with ASPIRE (Advice and Support to Promote Independence and Resilience for Everyone)

We offer ongoing support for our students with long-term mental health needs or a diagnosed mental health condition. If you find it difficult to cope and are struggling with your studies, we can help you access the support, advice, and information you need. We offer a personalised plan and will signpost you to appropriate services, both within the college and outside of it.

A range of support is offered, including one to one mental health support; information and advice; support groups; workshops; and social activities.

You can ask a staff member to refer you to the ASPIRE, or if you are a student you can self-refer by completing this form.

Mental health includes how we feel, think, behave and act and therefore is an integral part of your overall general health and well-being. As a student at Leicester College you are able to talk to the ASPIRE team for practical support, information, advice and guidance about concerns or difficulties you may have concerning your mental health.

ASPIRE offers a safe, confidential and supportive space, to help you explore your problems, share and gain insight into your feelings, thoughts and behaviour. We are here to help you identify and understand more clearly what is bothering you, and to help you to access the necessary support to ensure you fulfil your potential whilst studying at Leicester College.

ASPIRE offers a range of support, including one to one mental health support; information and advice; support groups; workshops; and social activities and events.

Please note, ASPIRE is not a crisis service and you might have to wait several weeks to be seen. During College hours if you have a Safeguarding issue or if you have been feeling suicidal or unsafe please call the Safeguarding team on either 07825 175 729 or 07917 370304 or 999. or visit the NHS urgent mental health help advice page, click here.

Sexual Health

Your sexual health is an important part of your overall wellbeing, which is why we provide free and confidential help and support at all our campuses.

The C Card is a sexual health drop-in clinic offering free condoms, pregnancy tests, and advice. It is held at Freemen’s Park Student Services and Abbey Park room 2.31 (level 2) on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 – 1pm.

Choices give you further options. It offers the following services for free:

  • pregnancy testing
  • emergency contraception
  • sexual health screening
  • contraception including condoms, the pill, patch, etc.
  • sexual health advice
  • pregnancy advice

This clinic is held at Freemen’s Park room 3.10 at 11am – 1pm Tuesdays, and Abbey Park room 2.31 at 12.30 – 1.30pm Wednesdays.