Loughborough Nightline first started on the 22nd May 2015 and since then has been constantly evolving. Loughborough is part of the Nightline Association, an international umbrella charity for university Nightline services, providing support for over 2.3 million students throughout universities across the UK alone.
For many students, starting their university career is the biggest change in their lives so far, and it’s not always the party that people think it may be. It is easy to forget about the possible emotional impact that this can have.
It is often in late adolescence or young adulthood that mental health problems arise which means that 75% of students experience some degree of psychological distress whilst at university.
For 1 in 3 students, this psychological distress occurs at night – when student welfare services are closed therefore Nightline is here to provide a listening ear. We want to make sure that no student at Loughborough ever feels like there is nowhere to turn.
Nightline strongly believes that often the first step to coming to terms with what you’re going through is talking about it. We will provide a safe non-judgemental space for you to talk through anything. We operate under the following rules:
"We'll Listen, not Lecture"
Our successful service is testament to the fantastic efforts of our Nightliners who have gone through intensive training. They operate our phones, instant messenger (IM) and email service throughout the term. We are incredibly proud of each individual’s dedication to the organisation.
The service is led by a committee of volunteers who are each responsible for different areas within Nightline.
Nightline is happy to talk to anyone about anything. If you are struggling with any mental health problems, then please give us a call, but we are not a mental health support line. You can talk to us if you are feeling lonely, if you are walking home alone or even if you just want to find out where the nearest Dominos is!
Given the nature of the support we provide, we do not offer ongoing one-to-one support. Nightline is not a counselling service however, any caller is free to call as often as they would like. All our volunteers are trained to a high level by our amazing training officers.
Nightline is completely confidential, there are however, extreme situations where your Nightliner may need to break confidentiality.