Health and wellbeing

RNIB's Eye Health Information service provides you with the latest information about eye conditions, visiting an optician or eye hospital, eye examinations and looking after your eyes.

If you have a concern you would like to discuss. You can contact us via the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected]

If you have any serious concerns about your eyes go to your nearest GP. Most universities can recommend your nearest surgery. Make sure you register with your doctor as soon as you start university.

Patient UK Eye Health - website has information leaflets on a wide range of eye conditions and an extensive directory of patient support and self help groups. In addition, they have a web directory to sites which provide information and support on specific eye conditions.

General health

NHS Direct Online - provides information about health and related issues.

Student Health - weekly news, also A - Z advice on conditions, links to university and college health centres, links to student & medical sites, sections on a range of medical conditions

Emotional health

RNIB Emotional Support Service and Talk and Support.

  • Emotional Support Service offers confidential telephone support, information and counselling to people who, because of sight loss, are experiencing emotional difficulties.
  • Tele Befriending - Social groups over the telephone.
  • Tele Support - Telephone information programmes based on issues around sight problems.

Contact both through RNIB's Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected].

The Samaritans

The Samaritans' aim is to provide confidential emotional support to everyone feeling despairing or suicidal. They won't tell you what to do and won't judge. You don't have to be suicidal to call The Samaritans, you can contact them if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused.

United Kingdom
Telephone 08457 90 90 90
Textphone 08457 90 91 92

Telephone 1850 60 90 90
Textphone 1850 60 90 91

By calling the numbers above you can contact a Samaritan volunteer immediately, however, you might prefer to write down how you are feeling than pick up the phone. You can email The Samaritans at [email protected] or if you prefer, send a letter send it to "Chris", P.O Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA - letters and emails are usually responded to 24 hours after receipt.


Nightline is a helpline offered by many colleges and universities around the country. Nightlines are run by students for students. They offer a confidential listening and support service. To find out the number for your local Nightline check the Nightline website or contact your union or college welfare service.

Support for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
PO Box 7324
London N1 9QS
Helpline 0300 330 0630
Admin Line 020 7837 6768
Fax 020 7837 7300
Email [email protected]


Regard is a lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation for people with disabilities. They can be contacted on 020 7738 8097 or email [email protected]


Gemma is an organisation for lesbians or bisexual women with disabilities. Their newsletter is available on tape, and in braille and large print on request.

BM Box 5700

For new enquirers there is an email address, [email protected]

National Friend's Bisexual Helpline

National Friend run a National Bisexual Helpline open Tuesday and Wednesday 7.20pm - 9.30pm, and Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm. Telephone 020 8569 7500.

Sexual health

Brook Online provides sex and contraception advice, especially for young people with a section for under-16s, information on contraception, emergency contraception, and sex infection.

Staying Safe

This document gives you suggestions and tips with contributions from Emma, a blind student studying in Manchester.

Download Student safety (Word) 27KB

Beat bullying

No one deserves to be bullied, but three in five blind and partially sighted young people at secondary schools say they have been bullied at some stage. Find out what to do if you are being bullied by downloading Beat bullying (Word) 29KB