External Provider Information
The Student Advice Centre have produced a list of external support providers across the city and beyond to help you find support across the city.
A listening and information service similar to the Samaritans, delivered by students. If you want information about extensions or just someone to talk to. Anonymous and confidential support.
Telephone: 0114 222 8787
Instant message: https://www.sheffieldnightline.co.uk/instant-messenger/#
Email support is available 24/7 365 days a year. Telephone support is available 8pm-8am, every night during term time.
Papyrus (Under 35’s)
Telephone, email and online resources to prevent suicide in under 35s. Support for those struggling with their mental health and if you are worried about someone else.
Covid-19 support: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/self-care-for-students/
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
9am-midnight 365 days a year
Telephone, email and online chat support. They offer practical help and general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.
Covid-19 support: https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/covid-19-support/
Telephone: 0808 801 0440 (landlines are free but calls from a mobile may be charged by provider)/ 0300 5000 927
Telephone lines open 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
Webchat 10am- 1pm Monday to Friday
Telephone and email support.
Covid-19 support: They are not currently offering a face-to-face service during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mental Health Support During Lockdown: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-lockdown/
Free phone: 116 123
Free Self-help App: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/self-help/
Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Sheffield Mental Health Guide
An online guide for mental health services and support for the local area, with specific and up to date information about Covid-19 related support.
They have Covid-19 specific resources which can be located by searching Covid-19 in the search bar. https://www.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk/covid/
Available 24/7 , 365 days a year online
Telephone, webchat and online resources to support under 25s in all areas of life.
Free phone: 0808 808 4994
Text: THEMIX to 85258
Telephones are open 7 days a week from 3pm to 12am. Webchat is live 7 days a week from 3pm to 12am, however chats may not be connected after 11:15pm.
Text service is open 24/7.
Togetherall (formally Big White Wall)
Peer to peer mental health support community, overseen by trained practitioners. Online self-help resources and courses are available.
Covid-19 support:: https://v2.togetherall.com/resources/article/understand-more/looking-after-yourself-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
SHU students can login for free, using your university email address: https://account.v2.togetherall.com/log-in?
Available 24/7, 365 days a year online
Student Health at SHU
GP practice located within the university.
The service is currently closed to walk in patients; online appointment booking has been suspended. You will need to call: 0114 225 2134
Covid-19 information and support resources:
Opening times can be located here: https://www.studenthealthatshu.co.uk/page1.aspx?p=3&t=1
South Yorkshire Police
Covid-19 information: https://www.southyorks.police.uk/find-out/how-you-can-help/covid-19-information-and-guidance/
Telephone: 101 (Non-emergency)
Telephone: 999 (Emergency)
Online reporting portal (non-emergency, you will not receive an instant response): https://smartcontact.southyorkshire.police.uk/
Rape Crisis Line
Find a Rape Crisis Centre, get online emotional support, or find information and self-help tools.
During Covid-19 any centres are providing online and telephone support:
Live chat: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/live-chat-helpline/about-the-live-chat-helpline/
Telephone: 0808 802 9999
Live chat opening times: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/live-chat-helpline/about-the-live-chat-helpline/
Telephone opening times: 12pm-2.30pm and
7pm-9.30pm, 365 days a year
Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Telephone and online counselling alongside online resources.
Due to COVID-19, they have very limited capacity to meet with you in person at their centre for a face to face appointment; it is likely your initial assessment meeting will be via video call.
Telephone: 0808 802 0013
Telephone opening times: Monday 10am - 12 noon, Tuesday 1pm - 3pm and 6pm - 8pm, and Thursday 1pm - 3pm
Hackenthorpe Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre
A comprehensive service for people in South Yorkshire, who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse. This includes medical assessment and treatments and forensic examinations.
During Covid-19 the service is still available to provide healthcare and support services. They are following current legislation and guidance. Staff and visitors to the centre will be given access to required Personal Protective Equipment.
Telephone: ?0330 223 0938
Email (non-urgent enquiries): email@example.com
Telephone line is open 24/7
Support service for male, trans and non-binary victims of sexual assault.
During Covid-19 all services will be delivered online or on the telephone.
SMS: 020 3322 1860
Chat service open Monday - Sunday 12pm-8pm
Helpline for individuals experiencing domestic and sexual abuse. They can also support you if you have concerns for someone else.
Covid-19 support information: https://sheffielddact.org.uk/domestic-abuse/uncategorized/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19/
Telephone: 0808 808 224
Telephone opening times: Monday – Friday : 8am – 7pm (not bank holidays), Saturday 9am – 5pm
Online service supporting women who are experiencing or survivors of domestic abuse.
Covid-19 support information: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/
Live chat: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/
Survivors forum: https://survivorsforum.womensaid.org.uk/
Live chat is available: Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, and on weekends, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sheffield Treatment and recovery Team (START)
Assessment, support, and interventions to adults experiencing problems or misuse of opiate and non-opiate drugs. Opiates or opioids are the collective term used to describe drugs like heroin, morphine, opium, methadone and buprenorphine.
Non-opiates is a term used to describe all drugs other than opiates like heroin or codeine.
This includes cannabis, cocaine and crack cocaine, ecstasy/MDMA, ketamine, amphetamines, steroids and novel psychoactive substances such as Spice.
Due to Covid-19 they have made changes to the way this service is delivered. To find out more please visit shsc.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Telephone: 0114 305 0500
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 9am to 5pm Wednesdays and Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Talk to Frank
A telephone, text, email and live chat service for individuals who have questions or concerns about alcohol and/or drug use.
Telephone: 0300 123 6600
Telephones are open 24/7. Live chat operates 2pm-6pm 7 days a week.
NightStop UK (provided by DePaul)
Housing (urgent need)
They may be able to offer emergency overnight accommodation for individuals (aged 16-24) that have no bed for the night or who feel unable to stay in their current home for any reason. DePaul can also offer professional support and activity programmes where appropriate.
Telephone: 0114 278 7152
Telephone lines open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Sheffield City Council Housing Advice Line
The council service for housing and homelessness queries.
You cannot attend this service in person during this time you can contact the service by telephone or online.
Telephone: 0114 273 6306
In emergencies out of hours: 0800 7311 689
Request a call back: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/form/housing/housing-options-call-request
Telephone lines open Monday – Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Youth housing charity providing shelter and support to people aged 16-24years.
Due to coronavirus the drop-in on Union Street is closed, but they are offering housing advice and support via telephone and live chat between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Homeless Advice Helpline: 0800 193 5222 (for the individual requiring support)
General Enquiries: 0114 253 6789 (if you are worried about someone becoming or who is homeless)
Live chat: https://www.roundabouthomeless.org/
Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Service providing beds to individuals who are homeless. You can self refer to this service.
Telephone: 0114 272 5158
Address: 126 Charter Row
A support service for individuals who are at risk of homelessness or who have issues with their housing.
Due to Covid-19 they have closed their face to face services. You can still access support, guidance, and the expert advice service online, or by calling the Sheffield service team.
Advice and guidance telephone: 0344 515 1515
Urgent legal advice: 0344 515 1515
Online chat: https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm 365 days a year
Money Advice Service
Free and impartial money advice
Covid-19 information: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/hub/coronavirus-money-guidance
Telephone: 0800 138 7777
Whatsapp: +44 7701 342744
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, closed
National Debt Line
Debt advice and support. A free and independent debt advice over the phone and online.
Due to Covid-19 they have closed their email advice service. Covid-19 information: https://www.nationaldebtline.org/coronavirus-hub-ew/
Telephone: 0808 808 4000
Monday to Friday: 9am - 8pm, Saturday: 9:30am -1pm
National Gambling Helpline
Confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling problems in England, Scotland and Wales.
Telephone: 0808 8020 133
Live chat: https://aurapp01.mplaurora.net/chatapp/JoinChat.aspx
24/7, 365 days a year
Free, confidential advice. Online, over the phone, and in person. They can advise on benefits, money, housing, law and some areas of immigration.
Most local Citizens Advice Centres aren’t giving face to face advice. They might still be able to help by phone, email or online chat. If you can’t contact your local Citizens Advice Centre, you can still get help by calling the national phone line or by talking to an adviser online. There might be longer wait times than usual but they will help you as soon as they can.
Telephone: 0800 144 8848
Debt online chat service: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/chat-service-money-and-debt/
All other chat: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/web-chat-service/
Telephone: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It’s usually busiest at the beginning and end of the day. It's not available on public holidays
Online chat: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. It's not available on public holidays.
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)
Advice for international students in the UK
The Home Office has set up a special Immigration Helpline and email address, for immigration enquiries related only to Covid-19: Telephone: 0800 678 1767, open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Calls are free of charge.
Christmas and New Year office and advice line hours will be closed, from Thursday 24 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 inclusive.
Telephone: +4420 7788 9214
Monday to Friday (except for public holidays): 1.00pm to 4.00pm (UK time)
Sheffield Carers Centre
Advice and support for individuals with caring responsibilities including completing carers assessments
Telephone: 0114 272 8362
Online contact form: https://sheffieldcarers.org.uk/contact-us/
10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.