The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources brought together by the Life Lounge team


You can access support for sexual violence and rape without having to make a report to Police.

You can also access support if this has happened to you recently or in the past.

If you are at imminent risk of harm or danger call 999 - if it not safe to speak dial 55 during the call and this will alert Police. If you have been a victim of sexual violence or rape in the past and want to report this to the Police you can do by calling 101.

Experiencing sexual violence or rape can lead to significant emotional distress, lots of questions and feelings of anger shame and distrust. It can impact on our mental health and wellbeing in the short and long term and be difficult to recover from. Each persons experience can be different and have a different impact on our lives. It is important to remember that when you are ready there is support available to you.


Specialist Support Services

Visit the NHS website to find out more information about sexual violence and rape, what it means, support you can access.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre is open 24/7 and provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling, and aftercare service to men and women in Greater Manchester who have experienced rape or sexual assault, whether this has happened recently or in the past: 0161 276 6515

We Are Survivors a survivor-focused voluntary sector organisation offering trauma informed therapy to male survivors of sexual violence, rape and sexual exploitation across Greater Manchester. We Are Survivors create and facilitate safe community spaces for males including trans and non-binary individuals: 0161 236 2182

Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) work with people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need. They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services such as housing or benefits.

Manchester Rape Crisis supports women and girls who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. All services are for women over the age of 18.

Rape Crisis is a national charity and provide specialist support and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence in England and Wales.

The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK and has been providing infrastructure support to our members for the past 15 years. We have 124 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland providing information, advice, support and therapy to over 80,000 individual survivors each year. Our services work with victims and survivors of all ages, all genders, of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, including support for partners and family members. 

The Pankhurst Trust/Manchester Woman's Aid information, advice, support for domestic abuse and sexual violence within relationships (including ex partners): 0161 660 7999

Galop offer advice and support to LGBT+ people who have experienced hate crime, biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse: 0800 999 5428

LGBT Foundation are a national charity based in Manchester delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. As well as being a third party hate crime reporting centre, they also run a free monthly police advice clinic supporting with issues such as hate crime, domestic violence, bullying and homophobia: 0345 330 3030.

Victim Support email support and 24 hour helpline: 0800 168 9111

Women's Aid information, advice, support for domestic abuse and sexual violence within relationships (including ex partners): 0808 2000 available 24/7

The Life Lounge

The Life Lounge is an ideal space to take a bit of time out from your day – you’re welcome to drop in at any time. It’s a quiet and relaxing space with mindful prompts and activities to help you to slow down and chill out. Through the Life Lounge, you can also access specialist services to support and promote your mental wellbeing.

The Life Lounge brings together specialist services, free for students to access, including:

  • Counselling Service
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Clinic
  • Mental Health Advisors
  • Referrals to other specialist services, both within and external to the University
  • Drop-in support, events and workshops

The service is open to all current students studying at the University of Bolton and the service is completely free.