We understand that if you are experiencing particular challenges, you may want to talk to someone but may not be ready to meet with one of our counsellors.

The following contacts and organisations can offer you a range of options to make sure that you can still find the help you want:

The Counselling Directory

*Counselling at AUB is free for student, but please be aware that you may have to pay privately to see a registered therapist on this list.

students against depression


If you are feeling very distressed or having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, you can access help and support here.

If you are worried about a friend, you can find guidance here.

The Samaritans

Tel: 08457 909090

To speak to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:

Tel: 116 123 (free from mobiles and landlines)

You can also email jo@samaritans.org.

Relate (the relationship people)

Tel: 01202 311231

Cruse (bereavement and loss)

Tel: 01202 302000

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 769 7555

Narcotics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 373 3366

British pregnancy advisory service

Tel: 03457 304030

The local branch is Dean Park Clinic, 23-25 Ophir Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8LS
Opening times: Tues 8am-6pm, Weds 8am-8pm, Thurs 8am-6pm.

Students against Depression (useful resources and information website)


The shores

The Shores is the dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Dorset, providing a comprehensive service to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted.


Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre is a voluntary organisation run for men, women, young people over 16 who have been raped or sexually abused. They offer support through the criminal justice process and also provide counselling support.


Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

(MSN messenger advice, message boards and help lines)

Tel: 01458 448600

Number 18 Poole

Young People’s Drop in Centre in Poole town centre for advice on housing, health, money most specific issues affecting young people aged 11-25)

Number 18 (Previously The Quay Advice Centre)


Tel: 01202 262291

Over the Rainbow Bournemouth

(Drop In Centre for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community)

Now based at The SHORES, Madeira Road, Bournemouth

Clinic on Wednesdays 12-7pm

Appointments- 07788415522


Dorset Sexual Health is 0300 303 1948 and the website is www.sexualhealthdorset.org


The Retreat (DORSET Mental Health Forum)


The Retreat is a safe and welcoming environment for anyone over 18 years of age, based in Dorset and who have self-identified their crisis and want to access support.

Based at Hahnemann House, Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JW and is open Monday to Thursday: 16:30-00:00 Friday to Sunday: 18:30-02:00

http://www.dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk/  (Drop in-no appointment needed)