Anxiety: being around people and large groups at university

Jess talks about how her anxiety affects her ability to attend lectures, engage in large group activates and how she accessed support from her tutor.

Moving images (GIFs) that support breathing and distraction

These GIFs support deep breathing which can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and also help you to shift your focus and distract you.

Watch moving image 1 

Watch moving image 2

Mind: Self care for anxiety from Mind

If you experience anxiety or panic attacks there are many things you can do to help yourself cope.
Visit the Mind website

Game coming soon: "DEEP" for the Oculus Rift

Breathe in. The lights around you glow and intensify. Breathe out. The glow diminishes. Take a deep breath. You rise up and glide across the seascape.

Watch the GameCity interview


HeadMeds gives young people in the United Kingdom general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give you medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or anyone else who is supporting you about your own situation because everyone is different.
Visit the HeadMeds website


Top three anxiety apps:

  • SAM app is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety. The app has been developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE Bristol.
  • Headspace is meditation made simple. Install today to learn meditation and mindfulness in just ten minutes a day.
  • Calm for iPhone and Android, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier.


  • Anxiety UK live chat is staffed by volunteers with personal experiences of anxiety so you can rest assured that the person you speak to knows what it is like to live with anxiety. 
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
  • Anytime Advice and Mental Health Support Helpline is free to all Plymouth University students. It provides practical information, resources, information about local services, counselling and web-based support. 

Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: