The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Info & Available services

The University of Bolton recognises that students who are navigating and exploring factors around their gender, trans sexuality, non binary or other associated elements can have difficulties in accessing the right support from people who really understand. 

There are services available that can offer support. Within the Life Lounge we can support you to access such services, alongside accessing our existing inhouse provisions, such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.

From the beginning of 2021 a new NHS adult gender service has been established for Greater Manchester; Indigo Gender Service. The service is a partnership between gtd healthcare and LGBT foundation, it strives to deliver a service for trans communities designed by those who have real lived experience. 

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The Indigo Gender Service can offer a flexible and personalised range of services to suit your needs. They have specialist, experienced GPs, trained care navigators and a wide range of services they offer which includes:

  • Support and advice around gender identity 
  • Assessment and diagnosis of Gender Incongruence 
  • Voice and communication therapy
  • Assessments for surgeries
  • Advice and recommendation of hormone therapy 
  • 1:1 and group psychological support.
  • Care navigation, peer support and social prescribing 

Indigo recognises that there is no one standard pathway, they can support, guide and offer advice no matter where you are in your journey.

Indigo has developed a clear eligibility criteria and will initially focus on supporting people who, as of 1 December 2020, are: 

  • aged 17 or over  
  • registered with a GP in Greater Manchester and eligible for NHS treatment  
  • on a waiting list for a gender clinic and have not yet had their first appointment 

 For more information visit their website by clicking here> IndigoGS



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Trans and non-binary people's general health needs are the same as anyone else's. But trans people may have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria.

To access an NHS Gender Identity clinic you will first need to visit your GP. The GP, or another health professional can then make a referral to a clinic providing care for your geographical area.  Follow this link to find out more about NHS gender identity clinics.


If you are looking for support below is a list of services that offer advice, support and guidance for all members of the trans community


TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Our easy to use, mobile friendly directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues to share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people at all stages of the transition. TransUnite



Across Greater Manchester there is a number of services that you offer advice, support and guidance. 

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ConnectMCR offers social spaces for trans and non-binary people aged 18-35 - All events are posted on their Facebook page, to access it clock here> ConnectMCR

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Forge is Manchester's social and support group for trans man, transmasculine people and non-binary people who were assigned female at birth. 

To find out more click here> ForgeMCR



TransBareAll is a voluntary organisation for trans people led by trans people. They strive to provide a safe space to explore identity, body positivity and improve emotional wellbeing. To find out more clock here> TransbareallMCR

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Mermaids has been supporting trans and gender-diverse children, young people and their families since 1995. They are one of the leading charities in the UK. Find out more about their services by visiting their webpage https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/ 

Or give their helpline a call, it is open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. 0808 801 0400

Mindline Trans+ is an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary, genderfluid.  We are also here to support family members, friends, colleagues and carers.  Further details can be found at https://mindlinetrans.org.uk.