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Where can I ask for help?

Your student years can be a challenging period of your life. Many students experience stress, they feel anxious or they struggle with personal issues. Especially the COVID-19 pandemic can cause a lot of uncertainties and worries. It is normal to struggle with these (and other) things, so please do reach out for help. On this page, we hope to provide some useful recourses that you can reach out to:


Within ESN Groningen

If you ever feel the need to talk to someone about personal or confidential matters, you can always reach out to one of the confidential advisors of the Executive Board of ESN Groningen: Mingke Schilstra (Integration Coordinator, +316 42256202) or Jelle Haisma (Treasurer, +316 21859119). Everything that you discuss will remain completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your permission.


All Ears

All Ears is an initiative that provides a listening ear for students. You may find yourself struggling with problems or questions that require understanding and a “listening ear”. It can be a great help just to be able to talk to someone outside your own circle, e.g. to an All Ears worker. All Ears workers are not students themselves, but they are in close contact with students through their professional or personal background. Hence they have an intimate knowledge of the kind of problems “being a student” entails. These talks are low-threshold and without obligation. Every Wednesday they have a telephone consultation hour from 14:00 to 16:00 hours. If you find yourself in urgent need of someone to talk to, please send an email to, and you will be scheduled for an appointment. You can find more information on their website.


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with mental health problems. You can contact one of the student counsellors, you can contact one of the psychologists or you can follow one of the courses and workshops of the Student Service Centre (SSC). For now, the appointments with the students counsellors and psychologists will be held via Google Hangouts or via a phone call. In order to make an appointment and for any questions you can send an email to You can find more information on their website or on the Student Portal.


Hanze University of Applied Sciences

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences offers support for all of their students. Hanze Student Support is here to help you and support you in dealing with stress and tension. You can make an appointment with one of the student counsellors of student psychologists, this can be done by calling (+ 31 50 5954028) or by sending an email to The Hanze University also offers some (online) courses. You can find more information on their website.

Student Coach: Wake Up Student Psychology & Coaching

Wake Up Student Psychology & Coaching offers support and guidance in balancing daily student life with studying. The coaching offers you an open honest place to talk about your mental challenges. Motivation, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and perfectionism are examples of commonly known challenges for many students, Dutch and international. Read more..