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What we do

Student Wellbeing is one of our services for students and is part of the Student and Academic Services department. The Student Wellbeing Service provides support for RADA’s higher education students. The team is composed of trained counsellors who can offer both pastoral care sessions and counselling. This includes some specialist services.

Team members have particular experience in supporting performing arts students and offer group sessions for students as part of their course. Support is offered in person or online (please note, all support is online at present, owing to RADA’s Covid-19 arrangements) and sessions can be arranged to fit around your timetable.


Counselling and pastoral care is confidential. We won’t tell anyone that you are accessing support, or what you talk about. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to speak to someone else if either you or someone you know is in danger. Even in this circumstance, we would normally seek to speak to you first before contacting anyone else. ​​For more information about confidentiality please see the Student Wellbeing Service Policy.

Professional Standards

All members of the Student Wellbeing Service abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Limits of provision

​​​​​The Student Wellbeing Service offers early intervention short-term support to students with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The service is not equipped to provide interventions for students who may be experiencing severe and/or enduring psychiatric issues. Please note the Student Wellbeing Service does not provide out-of-hours crisis support.

See information about crisis and out-of-hours support here.

Pastoral care

Our pastoral care service offers students the opportunity to have an informal chat in a confidential setting, in which you can talk about any issue or worry that you are currently experiencing or have experienced in the past.

We offer practical support, information, advice and guidance. If your difficulty is persistent and causing you significant distress you may be offered counselling (see below). We are also able to offer:

  • Help to access NHS services including registering with a GP
  • Support with reasonable adjustments to training, learning agreements, and referrals to the Student and Academic Services team for other learning and welfare support
  • Signposting to relevant external organisations


Counselling offers a safe, confidential and supportive space to help you to explore your problems, share and gain insight into your feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Counselling can help you gain a different perspective on yourself and/or your problems and help you in making choices and changes that feel right for you.

The kinds of difficulties people can bring to counselling can include: anxiety, low mood, course pressures, relationship issues, family problems, sexuality, bereavement, sexual assault, self-harm, suicidal thoughts etc.

Other websites and resources you may find useful:

Specialist support

Drugs and alcohol

We have a counsellor within the Student Wellbeing Service who specialises in working with students who have concerns around their own alcohol and/or drug use, or may be worried for a friend, housemate or family member who has substance issues.

Body image and eating difficulties

Experiencing difficulties in your relationship with food, or your relationship with your body, is not uncommon. The Student Wellbeing Service can offer a safe space to contain and explore some of these particular difficulties, help you understand your experience and offer you the support you need.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

RADA’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.

Support is available to anyone regardless of gender. The abuse can have taken place either in childhood or adulthood.

Your ISVA will support you in a non-judgmental way, and can help you with a range of things including:

  • Providing you with information on the criminal justice process and what you can expect if you report to the police. We can also attend interviews and court with you, if you wish
  • Giving you information on health services and attending appointments with you, if you wish
  • Helping to ensure that other organisations provide you with the right kind of support
  • Helping you to think about your safety and what can be done to improve your safety
  • Listening to your experiences and giving you emotional support

Gender and identity

We provide pastoral support and counselling for people who identify as trans, non-binary or who are questioning their gender identity or sexuality. The service exists to provide a safe space for people who may find it difficult or daunting to access other services. Discussing your feelings can help make sense of gender or identity issues and help with difficult life transitions.

Other support services at RADA

As well as our dedicated Student Wellbeing Service, we have links with other providers that can support students across a range of health and personal wellbeing needs.


RADA has a relationship with a local GP, Ridgmount Practice, which is open to students living in designated postcodes. We can advise you on areas which will give access to this practice, especially if you have ongoing health needs.

We understand that, due to the nature of the training, you may experience aches and pains that are unfamiliar to you. We encourage students to be aware of their bodies and learn to recognise what is an ache (for example, from assisting with a theatre fit-up for the first time) and what is an injury that needs care. We can refer students for physiotherapy and osteopathy where needed.

Chaplaincy and faith services

We have students from many faiths at RADA. Our Student and Academic Services team can put you in touch with someone from a particular faith to support you at RADA.

We do not currently have prayer rooms on-site at RADA.