If you think you or someone you know has been discriminated against there is a variety of support options available to both students and staff. Talking things through with someone you trust such as a friend, relative, or colleague can sometimes help.
Support within the University
- Student Hub - The first point of contact for areas relating to student support and advice. They will be able to point you in the right direction with regards to which service may be suitable to your needs.
- College support - Speak to a member of your College team, such as administrator, tutor or manager for support.
Support from the Student Unions
You can also get independent advice and support from the Student’s Unions, YUSU and the GSA.
YUSU’s Advice and Support Centre (for undergraduates) and the GSA Advice Service (for postgraduates) offer confidential, independent and non-judgemental advice on a range of wellbeing and academic issues. They are able to speak with you about your situation, and make you aware of the support services available to you within the University and more widely, as well as to make you aware of your options. They can also help you to decide if you would like to report an incident, and can assist you in completing the reporting form.
Find more information about the support available from YUSU’s Advice and Support Centre or GSA’s Advice Service.
Support outside of the University
- Samaritans - You can call for free on 116 123 for non-judgemental emotional support 24/7, regardless of what you’re going through. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. York Samaritans offer a York drop-in service on Nunnery Lane. A campus drop-in is available during term time on Mondays (LFA/130) and Wednesdays (GNU/001) between 6pm and 8pm.
- Citizens Advice (Discrimination) - For information on discrimination and the law.
- Switchboard - A charity providing an LGBT+ helpline via phone, online chat, or email to get emotional support.
- SupportLine - A charity providing information and emotional support by phone and email for high risk and more vulnerable or isolated groups in society.
- Kyra - Charity based in York that offers a range of courses, therapies and events to help support vulnerable women.
- The Haven @ 33 Clarence Street - Offers out of hours mental health support to anyone aged 16 or over in York and Selby.
- York Mind - A Mental Health Charity offering a range of services including information, activities, groups, and one-to-one counselling in York focused on helping you in recovery.
- Big White Wall - An anonymous 24/7 online global community with support from trained professionals which you can log onto using your university email address.