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Nightline support service

By TheGuild 16 Feb 2016

A brand new confidential phone service called Liverpool Nightline is launching(Monday 15 February).

Your wellbeing is really important to us and this new student-run service gives you the chance to call about anything that’s on your mind.

Nightline is a support and listening service run by students, for students. Everything is completely confidential and you won’t be judged.

We’ve got a team of trained volunteers who will be available 8pm to 8am every night during term time. They will be on the end of the line with a friendly ear throughout the night. You decide what to talk about, when to leave the call and whether or not you’d like to call again.

As well as listening, our Nightline operators will provide general information such as bus timetables or numbers for taxis. Nightline can also give contact information for anything to do with student life like University department numbers.

If you need to talk, you can call Nightline on 0151 795 8100

Deputy President Alex Ferguson, who pledged to bring in the service when running for election, said: “Nearly two years ago, I decided to run for student officer, based on the things I thought were most concerning to students. Time and time again students’ wellbeing came up; loneliness, stress, being in a new environment – it was clear this was something students were passionate about.

“I wanted to make a difference, and finding out Liverpool was one of the only large universities not to have a Nightline, I thought this would be a good way to help. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people applying to be volunteers, and the dedication of volunteers and staff to make the service happen. I think we have developed a truly excellent service, accessible by everyone, just a phone call away.”

Luciana Berger, Liverpool Wavertree MP and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health said: “I am delighted that a student nightline service is being established. University can be a very daunting time.

"Students are faced with all sorts of pressure, both academic and social, and often this is against the backdrop of moving away from home and leaving family and friends. It is vital that students have somewhere to turn to if they need to share their worries or concerns. This service is particularly important given that it will operate outside of the hours when more traditional forms of support are available.

"It is fantastic to see so many students getting behind this initiative, and I commend the student representatives and volunteers who are giving up their time to make this possible.”

Find out more about Nightline.

If you would like to get involved please email our team.

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