Student Health and Mental Wellbeing

about this resource

Your health and well-being during your studies are hugely important to us. Students and staff all have a key part to play in maintaining the health and vibrancy of our shared learning environment. Individuals should behave with respect for one another and help to create an atmosphere that supports the safety of themselves, students and staff, and wider community.

This page contains vital information about key resources available to you at Dartington. We have also included links to a range of useful websites that support mental and physical wellbeing.


Information on Extenuating Circumstances >

Guide to Disability Services at Dartington >

Travel advice and other things to consider before you arrive on Campus >

For student support enquiries, please email
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emergency information
If you’re feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support you can phone Samaritans for free on 116 123. For other ways of contacting the Samaritans, click here.

If you’re ill and feel it can’t wait until your GP practice reopens you can phone the NHS 24 111 service.

For an emergency ambulance, phone 999.


Individuals are advised not to attend place of study or work if they feel unwell or have a high temperature. Please report being unwell to your programme lead and go home.

Students with Covid-19 symptoms are advised to immediately isolate and phone the Welcome Centre 01803 847150 and to not enter the Welcome Centre or any other building. How to check if you have Covid-19 symptoms >

staying safe from covid-19

We encourage you to get vaccinated before you study with us or as soon as possible in preparation for joining the learning community.

General NHS guidance on Covid-19 >

If you are an international student, when you arrive at Dartington, we recommend that you register with a local GP (see below). All students should be aware that there are local vaccination centres and if you have yet to receive your first or second dose we encourage you to make an appointment.

If you need to take time away from your studies in order to be vaccinated, or to recover, you will be able to submit an Extenuated Circumstance Claim, which if approved will provide you with a 10-day extension for any course work submissions.

Our commitments to you:

  • We will ensure we listen to any concerns that you may have and wherever possible involve students when creating communications.
  • There are non-contact infrared thermometers are available in communal areas on campus.
  • Staff will shape their sessions and activities with appropriate reference to good ventilation, enhanced cleaning, and provision of hand sanitisers or hand washing facilities.
  • The Dartington Accommodation team and Facilities team will regularly disinfect all touch points including bathrooms, toilets, door handles, handrails, light switches, etc.
  • Residents in our student accommodation are provided with cleaning supplies and clear instructions to regularly clean their accommodation to minimise the risk of transmission, especially in kitchens where all cleaning is self-organised.
  • Hand sanitiser and disinfectant spray and paper towels will be available across the campus to enable individuals to clean their teaching spaces and communal areas including common touch points.
  • The Silver Covid Task Group meets regularly to assist this aim and its membership comprises of staff across all key areas of the Trust activities.
  • To minimise any restriction to face-to-face teaching, the Silver Covid Task Group maintains an outbreak management plan outlining operational changes and additional measures in exceptional circumstances.
being on campus

When on campus, we expect students to use their common sense to help everyone stay safe in the learning environment.

  • Meet outdoors where possible
  • Ventilate spaces (Fire doors must not be wedged open).
  • Be sensitive to others needs and consider social distancing
  • Maintain hygiene measures such as handwashing and surface sanitisation.
advice for those at greater risk/vulnerable
Those who are pregnant, more than 26 weeks or if they have an underlying health condition that puts the individual at a greater risk of severe illness from respiratory illness, such as COVID-19, should complete a risk assessment. Students or course participants can request a risk assessment from their Personal Tutor or Study Support Advisor.
local gp services
When you arrive here we recommend that you register straightaway with Leatside Surgery in Totnes, who can refer you to specialist help if you need it.

Register now >

useful resources

The following links are to a variety of websites that provide physical and mentall wellbeing support services.

SHINE self-help e-resources > – SHINE, offered through the University of Plymouth, is created by students, counsellors and researchers. Watch, read, listen, find apps and useful links to the best online resources and information about mental health and well-being.

Student Minds > – Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. they empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change

Managing mental health during Covid-19 > – Rehab Clinics Group, a leading provider in addiction and mental health treatment, have produced a guide that includes useful tips on how students can effectively manage their mental health as we start to come out of lockdown over the next few months.

Suicide/suicidal thoughts: Support available thorugh the NHS > and SUPPORTLINE >

Looking After Your Mental Health >

Mental Health and Nature >

Exercise and Mental Health >

NHS Mindfulness Information >

Mindfulness info from >

Mindfulness 10-minute practice podcast >

Sleep wellbeing advice >

How to sleep better >

Advice on depression: NHS resources > and resources >

Handling anxiety >

Self-harm support: guidance from NHS > and >

NHS Sexual Health Services >

Domestic Abuse services >

Bereavement Care >

Horizon Counselling Services, Plymouth >

Citizens Advice >

NHS Alcohol Abuse Support Services >