Health is a key area of work for NUS and students’ unions – whether it’s making the case for greater investment in your institution’s mental health services, campaigning against the closure of local sexual health services or promoting responsible drinking amongst your students.

NUS has a range of resources available to support you in your work around the full spectrum of topics falling under the broad umbrella of student health.

Mental health

If you are working on the issue of student mental health, there are a number of resources you may find useful:

  • Time to Change toolkit – provides information about signing the Time to Change pledge and how to create a more inclusive campus environment
  • Time to Change presentation from SU2013 gives an overview of what you can do through the Time to Change pledge
  • Find out more about students’ experiences of mental distress by reading the Social Policy Briefing
  • Read the Fit to Sit Social Policy Briefing to find out more about how these policies can impact students’ mental health
  • You can find out what other students’ unions have been doing by downloading UHISA’s mental health agreement report and mental health policy, or read about Bath Spa’s Stamp Out the Stigma campaign

If you’re based in Scotland, you can also get support from the Think Positive project.

NUS work closely with the charity Student Minds and their website has lots of useful information and resources.

Sexual health

If you’re doing work on sexual health, you may find the following resources useful:

Drugs and Alcohol

If you’re doing work around drugs and alcohol you might find the following resources useful:

You can also look at information on our Alcohol Impact project. This project aims to embed social norms of responsible drinking on our campuses, changing attitudes towards alcohol, and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities.

Sadly, we're unable to take on more participants in 2015/16 but get in touch about getting involved in subsequent years. If you want to drive positive action on responsible drinking at your institution, you are free to use our criteria as a framework.

If you’re doing work around drugs you might find the following resources useful: 

  • Vital info booklet – facts for students to support themselves and friends to have a good time and stay safe.
  • Best practice guidance for those concerned about drug use and the night-time economy creating a safer nightlife.