Aberdeen Student Nightline has been running for over 20 years and is part of a wider network of nearly 40 other Nightlines across the country, established in 90 universities and colleges, supporting 1.5 million students in the UK and Ireland. We have around 80 volunteers, from all academic years, disciplines and backgrounds with numbers still growing. Each volunteer does at least three shifts a semester and are extensively trained to support other students during their time at University.
The service is focused around 5 key principles:
We provide both an information and listening service, every night of the term run by students for students. Nightline volunteers can receive calls and messages ranging from academic struggles, bullying, debt, loneliness to a pizza or taxi number.
For the majority, university is a positive experience, however most students experience periods of high stress, anxiety and low mood. Nightline’s purpose is to support those who would like to talk to somebody during these times.
Nightline was set up first in 1970 in University of Essex by a former Samaritan director to help reduce the number of student suicides. However today Nightline is there to provide a safe environment for students to discuss their emotions, no matter how big or small.
Aberdeen Nightline runs from 8pm until 8am every night during term and we can be contacted by phone, email and instant messaging.