Health and Wellbeing

Book now for our Student Wellbeing workshops, courses and groups this February

Natalie, outlines the great range of student events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing this February – come and join us!


You are not alone in experiencing difficulties whilst at University. These events provide a friendly, supportive space to gain information on strategies to overcome your difficulties, offering a safe and confidential place to explore issues, share concerns and develop new skills.

In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service invite you to join in their latest one-off workshops, courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties you may face.  Read this blog to find out more about events this month.

Join in events this February!



  • Mood Booster: Managing Low Mood and Depression – Helping students to cope with low mood and depression – Wednesday 1st February, 15:00-16:30hrs
  • Relaxation Learn techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety – Monday 6th February, 11:00-12:00hrs
  • Uni Om A workshop to help you revitalise, re-focus and relax. It includes mindfulness practice, desk asanas (yoga moves to use at your desk) and wellbeing skills based on yoga philosophy – Wednesday 15th February, 14:00-15:00hrs
  • Wannabe Well Explore the importance of improving emotional, mental and physical wellbeing and focus on strategies to help you strike a good balance – Friday 17th February, 14:00-15:00hrs
  • Sleep Well – Everyone has periods in their lives when they have trouble sleeping, particularly during times of stress or anxiety. Learn more about how to get a good night’s sleep – Tuesday 21st February, 17:30-18:30hrs
  • Feel Good Factor – Develop skills and techniques that will enhance your self-esteem and increase your confidence, tackling self-criticism and negative automatic thoughts – Tuesday 28th February, 17:00-18:30hrs



  • Living Life to the Full – 4-week course helping students to tackle life’s problems – Starts Tuesday 7th February, 18:00-20:00hrs
  • Take Action  – 3-week course to help reduce suffering – Starts Tuesday 7th February, 17:30-19:00hrs
  • Developing Emotional Resilience: Stronger Day by Day – 2-week course helping you to develop increased self-awareness and teach you strategies and skills to boost your emotional resilience – Starts Wednesday 15th February, 17:30-19:30hrs



Groups designed to help you

  • Long-term Support Group – Support group for students who are experiencing emotional difficulties and would like extra support on an ongoing basis. Every Wednesday, 10:30-12:00hrs, no fixed end date
  • Wellbeing Peer Support Group – Peer support group, facilitated by Student Wellbeing Champions – Wednesday 1st February, 13:30-15:00hrs
  • Forces’ Veterans Group – Informal meet-up for any students who are serving or who have served in the British Armed Forces – Tuesday 7th February, 17:15-18:45hrs

For more information about our workshops, courses and groups please see our Student Intranet pages.


Events for you to drop in to

  • Time to Talk Day – Join the Student Wellbeing Champions on Thursday 2 February, 2pm-3.30pm, at Y Plas in the Students Union, to encourage everyone to get talking about mental health!

Conversations about mental health change lives. At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. But talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel. Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life. This is what Time to Talk Day, on Thursday 2nd February, is all about – giving us all the chance to talk and listen about mental health. Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed.


Book an Appointment with Taith (drug and alcohol advice)

Taith is a service which offers advice and support to students who may be unsure of their needs to make informed decision regarding changing their substance use.

On the first Tuesday of every month, Taith will offer one-to-one sessions via bookable appointments to provide confidential, specialised support, advice and information in a safe place.

Appointments are not available for January 2017.

Appointments for 7 February 2017 are bookable by slot:


Contacting Counselling Health and Wellbeing

If you are struggling to improve your wellbeing, please know Cardiff University Support Services are here for you – there is no problem too big or too small and we are happy to provide you with some support. We offer a range of flexible support options including:

Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire. We also offer a Wellbeing Walk-In Service, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 3.45pm and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.15am, at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.  We also hold a walk-in service at our Student Support Centre in Cardigan House at the Heath, on Wednesday afternoons 3pm to 3.45pm.

 Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.

If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a peer ear and give you basic health and wellbeing advice. If you would like to see our Champions in action, check out their video.

If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.


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Best wishes,

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion.


Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including:Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.


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