Service Information

We support the mental health of all students at the University, through short term counselling (therapy) and referral to other support.

The Student Counselling Service (SCS) provides free confidential professional counselling service to all matriculated students of the University of Edinburgh. The Service also seeks to enhance and encourage the emotional well-being and mental health of University of Edinburgh students and those who support them.

The Service seeks to reach this objective by facilitating personal development and psychoeducational groups and workshops for students; encouraging students to support themselves through the Bibliotherapy Scheme and other online resources; offering advice and support to academic staff concerned for the mental and emotional well-being of their students; and contributing to training and development programmes organised for staff and students by other departments of the University. The University is signed up to the Togetherall online community, which is available for free to all students and staff, providing a safe online community to support mental health 24/7. The Service is monitored by trained clinicians and within the platform members are anonymous. Students and staff can register at Togetherall using their University email account. Other online services for students and staff are SilverCloud and the Feeling Good App.

The SCS offers some form of help to all students who approach us. The nature of the help depends on the outcome of the initial appointment between student and counsellor.


The University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service is an Accredited Member of BACP.  BACP is the trade name of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Read our policies on confidentiality, data protection, professional ethics and cancellations.

Annual Reports from the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh.

The Student Counselling Service frequently receives requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 regarding the number of students accessing the Service, the issues they present with, response times, staffing levels, Service budget and expenditure.
To assist with answering these requests we publish information on an annual basis, and where possible, on a quarterly basis from 1st August each year (the start of the academic/financial year)

How you can provide feedback on our Service.