Emergency Support

Support services available from the Chaplaincy, and elsewhere in the University and in Edinburgh

Emergency contacts

Outside of Chaplaincy office hours (Monday to Friday 09:30-17:00) Chaplains are still available for support. In the event of an emergency or personal crisis, please call Security on 0131 650 2257 and they will connect you to the on-call Chaplain. You can also email or phone the Chaplaincy (via the "contact us" button above) for non-urgent requests.

Belief-specific contacts

If you would like religious or spiritual support that addresses your faith (including Humanism), then you should be able to find someone to discuss this with in our list of Honorary Chaplains and Belief Contacts. Many of them have an email address listed on their profile, and you can contact them directly - the remainder can be contacted via the Chaplaincy.

List of Honorary Chaplains and Belief Contacts

The Chaplains and Honorary Chaplains can offer personal support to anyone regardless of faith background. Belief Contacts are only expected to offer religious and spiritual support to members of their own faith groups. If you are not sure who would be the most appropriate person to talk to, please contact the Chaplaincy (email in confidence, or call us on 0131 650 2595).

Mental health and wellbeing

The University has a wide variety of mental health and wellbeing services. Some events put a focus on the academic aspects of University life such as essay writing and exam preparation. Others offer the opportunity to learn about the steps you can take to help with common difficulties like ‘being stuck’ or ‘low confidence.’ There are drop ins, workshops and courses to teach you skills you can apply more widely like Mindfulness and Tai chi.

Events are organised on campus by the Institute of Academic Development for undergraduates (IAD), The Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE), The Chaplaincy, The International Student Centre (ISC), and The Student Counselling Service (SCS), and off campus by Health in Mind.

Institute for Academic Development

Centre for Sport & Exercise

Chaplaincy prayers, meditations and spiritual practice (including Tai Chi and Yoga)

Chaplaincy mindfulness sessions

International Student Centre - latest activities

Student Counselling Service

Health in Mind

Big White Wall - a peer and community support network, to which the University is subscribed

Nightline - for students in Edinburgh (call 0131 557 4444, 8pm-8am)

The Samaritans

Most of the services above (and the services of an on-call Chaplain) are available outside term-time. If you would rather not talk to a member of University staff for whatever reason, Nightline is not available outside term time, but the Samaritans offer a similar service - contact them at the link above or phone on 08457 909090.


Support - overview

An overview of support services available from the Chaplaincy and the University.


In the event of a sudden death, hospitalisation or acute crisis the Chaplaincy can be contacted at any time.

Other support services

The University has a range of services which offer support.