The first ever Nightline began in May 1970 at Essex University. An ex-director of the Colchester Samaritans and a Chaplain noticed the high suicide rate among local students. They decided to train a group of fellow students to give their peers someone to talk to. A telephone was installed in an empty campus bedroom and the students ran a helpline, during the night. Thus, the first ever Nightline began.
The idea spread quickly and many more nightlines were set up all over the country. In every case the core principles of the organisations stayed the same: confidential, anonymous, non-judgemental, non-directive and run by students for students.
Every Nightline remains fully committed to these principles nearly forty years on. There are now over 40 UK Nightlines in universities and there are even Nightlines in America, Canada and Germany.
Eventually Nightlines banded together to form National Nightline. This became a charity in 2006. There are estimated to be around 1500 Nightline volunteers in Britain. Click here to visit the Nightline Association's website.
Nottingham Nightline has been running for over 40 years. We were set up in January 1973 and have been providing essential emotional support to the students of Nottingham since then.
Our vision for Nottingham Nightline is threefold:
Firstly, all students at the University of Nottingham are able to talk about their feelings in a safe space, without fear of being judged or identified;
Secondly, fewer Nottingham students have their education compromised by emotional difficulties; and
Thirdly, fewer Nottingham students die by suicide.
Our mission statement is also broken down into three core aims:
To provide an anonymous, confidential, non-directive and non-judgemental listening and information service to all Nottingham students whilst they are at University.
To broaden accessibility to all Nottingham students, through provision of phone, instant messaging, Skype, text and email services.
To open our services for 24 hours during the Welcome period and exam seasons across the year.
We will fulfil our vision and mission through these objectives:
Nightline will be publicised to all students attending the University of Nottingham.
Nightline will provide up-to-date and accurate information on health matters, travel information, exam timetables and any other topics that callers may likely enquire about.
Nightline will treat all callers with respect, and will not discriminate on grounds of race, ethnic background, gender, age, sexual preference or religion.
Nightline will deal with all calls received in a confidential manner.
Nightline listening volunteers will be anonymous, and must maintain their anonymity at all times (with the exception of the Executive Committee).
Our vision, mission statement and objectives are guided by the work of the Nightline Association. You can find out more information about the Association and the work that it does here.
Please note that Nightline and individual Nightliners cannot be held accountable for the actions of callers after contacting us. We do not offer advice; any actions taken after contacting Nightline are entirely the caller's own.