School of Health in Social Science

Health, safety and wellbeing

Health and Safety information including policies and information about accessibility and mental health services.


We have a lift, teaching rooms, a reception, student support offices, toilets and a social space which are accessible. Unfortunately, not every room in the School is fully accessible, some staff offices and meeting rooms do have steps to access them. We have accessible rooms and toilets on the ground floor and we have a lift to upper levels in the School.

If you have any questions about accessibility or require assistance before visiting us please get in touch.

Contact Director of Professional Services Emily Gribbin for general queries about accessibility

Students or potential students should contact:


Mental Health

Mental health problems can affect any of us at any time. The University offers a range of mental health and well-being support including student and staff counselling. You can also consider speaking with your GP, practice nurse or personal counsellor.

The Occupational Health unit

This unit is available to staff, it provides support on issues such as Stress, Depression, Bullying and Harassment, and provides confidential Staff Counselling. You may also want to talk to your supervisor, head of department, Human Resources or the departmental Harassment Advisors for advice.

Occupational Health Service

Counselling for Staff

A free, confidential counselling service is available for all University of Edinburgh members of staff. 

Find out about the Staff Counselling Service

Counselling for Students

The Student Counselling Service offers short term counselling, drop-in presentation workshops and consultation.

Find out about One-to-One Therapy for Students



Staff University Clubs and Societies

There are a number of clubs and societies open to University staff, find out more on the Sport and Exercise website.

University Health and Wellbeing webpages

The Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy is a safe and welcoming space for people of all faiths and none. The Listening Service operates through the University Chaplaincy, for students or staff who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties, or are looking for a timely or purposeful conversation. Conversations can be held in a variety of places and could be over coffee or a walk.

How to get in touch:

Please note:

  • You don't have to be religious to use the Chaplaincy.
  • The Chaplaincy is not only for students; it's for staff too.

View the Listening Service Postcard.


Related links

Mind: The Mental Health Charity

The UK Mental Health Foundation

Student Disability Service