Who Should I Contact First?
It can be difficult knowing who to contact first, and for everyone it will be different. Start by talking to someone you're comfortable with, whether that's your GP, personal tutor, or the college chaplain. Here are some good places to start:
Your tutor is responsible for your wellbeing in college, and should be able to signpost you toward the support you need. You can talk to any tutor - just email them to schedule an appointment.
Your college nurse can help direct you to appropriate services, and is available to chat about all things health-related, be they physical or mental.
The chaplain is a part of the welfare system and, as such, is a great person to chat to, regardless of your religious beliefs.
It may be easier to speak to a fellow student. Welfare Reps are trained to be able to tell you where to go for the right support, and they're also just great to chat to.
Liberation Officers work to represent the welfare of specific groups of students (including, but not limited to, students who identify as LGBT+, women, disabled, and BAME.) Any of them can be contacted for advice on how to access support, particularly where issues relate to their specific role.
Students' Unions' Advice Service
The Students' Unions' Advice Service (SUAS) is a welfare resource independent of the university, and is an invaluable source of advice on a wide range of issues. If they can't help directly with something, they will point you to the right place. Find out more >
Your GP is trained to be able to help you with your mental health, as well as your physical health. They can help you figure out a treatment plan, and refer you to secondary NHS services if necessary.
Student Minds Reps
Student Minds college reps are trained to be able to give you advice on where to get support in Cambridge.