Student Health and Wellbeing



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 hour 111 service.

For all emergency services, phone 999.

For students residing or staying in Devon – If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact Devon Partnership Trust – First Response Service (FRS) Urgent Mental Helpline. Call 0808 196 8708 or visit their ‘I need help now‘ page.

about this resource

Your health and wellbeing 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.

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 health and wellbeing.


Information on Extenuating Circumstances >

Academic and study support >

Guide to Disability Services at Dartington >

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

If you are experiencing any personal difficulties or you are concerned about the wellbeing of a peer, we encourage you to contact Student Support as soon as possible. Please email

Please note that although we will get back to you as soon as we can, you may not receive an immediate response. For emergency situations, please refer to our Emergency Contact section above.

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We have a dedicated Student Support Officer, Feline Charpentier, ready to support students enrolled on programmes at Schumacher College and Dartington Art School. The role of the Student Support Officer is to provide pastoral advice and wellbeing support and to help connect you with appropriate support mechanisms or services within, or external to, Dartington Trust.

The Student Support Officer will be happy to meet you to discuss concerns that you may have at any point in your studies, either in person or online. We encourage you to make contact with the Student Support Officer or your Personal Tutor if you find that you are struggling in any way. We are keen to ensure that you are appropriately supported through your student journey, so it is important that you make contact if you experience any personal or academic issues that affect your ability to engage with your studies.



Dartington Trust is committed to supporting and promoting the welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors throughout our operations and environment.

Occasionally students may become vulnerable, be that due to a deterioration in their health or some other reason.

Please refer to the Plymouth University Safeguarding Policy for further information on what constitutes a Safeguarding concern and how to report a Safeguarding concern.

If you are worried about a student, discuss your concerns with them to check they are looking after themselves as much as possible.

For general health concerns the student should arrange to speak to their GP.

If they feel unable to keep themselves safe, they should contact the police on 101 for non-emergency enquiries, or you or the student concerned should call 999 for all emergency services.

If you call any emergency service while on site at Dartington, please notify the Welcome Centre between 8am and 8pm on 01803 847 101 or 01803 847 150 or Security Services between 8pm and 8am on 07866 411 244 to ensure that they are aware of the incident.

Due to poor signal on some areas of the estate, you may need to leave a voicemail. A member of the security team will access this as soon as possible.

If you need to make an urgent Safeguarding referral out of normal working hours, you can access information about local safeguarding services – but please ensure that you notify a Dartington Trust Safeguarding officer that you have done so.

To report a Safeguarding concern, please contact one of the following Safeguarding Officers:

Colin Searls

Feline Charpentier 

Cheryl Davies

Or contact

Please note that staff members may work part-time hours so may not be able to respond immediately. Please refer to our ‘emergency help’ section for emergency contact information.


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.

If you are unable to study due to ill health, please contact your Personal Tutor or Student Support to discuss options of support. If you need to submit Extenuating Circumstances please refer to the guidance on this page.


Dartington Trust has returned to pre-pandemic ways of learning and working.

For current Covid-19 guidance, please refer to the NHS website.

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 Student Support Officer.
local gp services

When you arrive at Dartington we strongly recommend that you register with Leatside Surgery in Totnes as soon as possible. Staff at the surgery can provide medical treatment and support and may refer you to specialist help if you need it.

Register now >

TALKWORKS a free, confidential talking therapy service, Part of NHS Talking Therapies, for people (18+) in Devon. You may be referred by your GP, or you can self-refer online.

Horizon Counselling Services, Plymouth >

Bereavement Care >

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

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

There are many resources available for you to help maintain good mental health. Here are some that we would recommend:

Looking After Your Mental Health >

NHS Mindfulness Information >

Mindfulness podcasts>

How to sleep better >

Advice on depression: NHS resources > and resources >

Handling anxiety >

Self-harm support: guidance from NHS > and >