Counselling, Health & Wellbeing

Counselling, Health & Wellbeing including: The promotion of good Health and Wellbeing, Face-to-face and Online Appointments, Drop-in Service, Workshops and Self-help Resources.

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Seeking help for self-harm or supporting someone who self-harms

Posted on 16th May 2017 by

Amy from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team discusses self-harm and the help resources available. As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are self-harming. We acknowledge that this is a coping strategy for many students and something that can be difficult to change. This blog will summarise some
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USAFE’s Cuppa with a Copper

Posted on 15th May 2017 by

Your local community policy officer is holding a drop in USAFE session to provide students with advice, support and information, our student intern Sophie finds out more… Fancy a cuppa with a copper? Beginning the 16th of May, we’re inviting students to drop in and meet their officers! USAFE sessions will run on a drop
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Did you know it’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week?

Posted on 10th May 2017 by

Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign calling for a national discussion on improving mental health that runs from 8 May until 14 May this year. This year the campaign will seek to find out why too few of us can say they have good mental health while so many people are living with mental health problems.
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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in May

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout May… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops
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4 great apps to build your confidence…

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

  Try out one of these apps, recommended by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team to help you build your confidence.   Have you ever wondered what could’ve happened if your shyness or fear of rejection had not gotten in the way? Do you sometimes wish you could believe in yourself no matter what people
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20th April 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner & Counsellor from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team, talks about creating a Suicide-Safer University.  Find out how you can become a Suicide-Alert Helper and learn the skills to identify and support any person who may be having thoughts of suicide… Suicide is one of the most serious issues all universities face,
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Tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, shares tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams. It is natural to feel anxious prior to an exam. In fact, a little anxiety can actually help performance. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging
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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Amy from our Wellbeing Team shares some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress. It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), but too much of it can lead you to feel out of control and can make it harder for you to take
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to manage your revision time effectively. It can be really hard to find self-motivation as the exam period gets closer. It requires a great deal of discipline and organisation to revise, especially when the joint demands of different courses or modules become overwhelming. Good planning skills
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5 Hops on the Wellbeing Hunt

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Our student intern Victoria, shares 5 hops on the Wellbeing hunt for you to follow this Easter. Though Easter egg hunts may (unfortunately) be a thing of the past, you’re never too young or too old to start caring about your wellbeing. So this Easter break, join us on a Wellbeing Hunt! Easter is the
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7 Tips to hop over homesickness

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Victoria, student intern, shares some tips on avoiding and combatting feelings of homesickness this Easter break… Though it may not seem like it from the suddenly deserted streets of Cathays, a lot of students stay in Cardiff during the Easter break. Whether it’s because they have a job here, can’t afford to go home, need
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9 Things to do this Easter

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

Victoria, student intern, shares 9 things to do this Easter, to help you to keep busy, recover after a stressful term and prepare for another. It’s Easter at last! Another term has whizzed by, the deadlines are done, the Welsh weather has suddenly transformed and Varsity has left everyone with that victory glow. Now a
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Protect your eggs this Easter: Keeping your student digs secure

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your student digs secure this Easter… Student homes can be targeted during the holidays, so make sure not to leave burglars an Easter trail right into your home – you could lose more than just chocolate eggs! That’s if of course, you’ve exercised extreme self-control and not gobbled them
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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in April

Posted on 3rd April 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout April… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face.
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How have you found adapting to life in Cardiff? Tips on managing ‘culture shock’

Posted on 30th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team explains more about culture shock… All international students coming to Cardiff have different experiences when they first arrive at Cardiff University. Everyone has their own expectations and have heard different things about life in the UK, which is one of the reasons why some students may settle
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Join us in celebrating our transgender community

Posted on 30th March 2017 by

Guest post from Evan Wilkins, Enfys Network – Celebrating the diversity of the transgender community… This Friday, 31 March, is  International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual event celebrating the diversity of the transgender community and bringing Trans identities to a more visible standing in everyday life.
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Trans Day of Visibility and support for Cardiff students

Posted on 29th March 2017 by

Jo from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Day of Visibility: 31st March 2017…   Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show your support for the trans community! It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people everywhere while fighting sexism and transphobia by spreading understanding of trans
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Tips on coping with homesickness whilst at University

Posted on 29th March 2017 by

We recognise the additional challenges that  International and EU students’ face when moving to the UK and in particular the challenges of coping with homesickness … For many students, coming to university is the first time you have lived far away from home, which is why feelings of homesickness can often creep in. On some occasions you will be
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Take a moment to be mindful – recommended Apps

Posted on 9th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads to help you through the spring semester … The second semester is flying by and coursework is piling up. Without realising it, students often prioritise academic work beyond the healthy balance and indulge into prolonged hours of studying.  We have found some great apps that
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Self-Injury Awareness Day

Posted on 6th March 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, talks about self-harm and how students can get support… Did you know that March is Self-harm Awareness Month and Self-Injury Awareness Day is on 1st March? Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to talking openly about self-harm. Some common myths around self-harm include that it is something that
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March wellbeing workshops, courses and groups to support you in your student life

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout March…   In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops are
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Celebrate University Mental Health Day with us!

Posted on 27th February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, tells us all about University Mental Health Day. Thursday 2nd March is University Mental Health Day!  University Mental Health Day is a national initiative started by Student Minds, designed to raise awareness about mental health on campuses across the UK.   Get Active This year the focus is
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Would you like a chat with a friendly peer?

Posted on 23rd February 2017 by

Find out more about our Wellbeing Champions and the Peer support groups that they run… Wellbeing Champions are students who support other students to look after their wellbeing. They promote healthy wellbeing through campaigning, organising events and being a visible support to other students. They offer knowledge, experience, and social or practical help to fellow
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Peer Support for Postgraduate Students

Posted on 21st February 2017 by

Find out more about the brand new support available for Postgraduate Students…. Did you know we have some enthusiastic and friendly Postgraduates who are trained in providing Peer Support? This is a brand new initiative, and aims to support Postgraduates to look after their wellbeing and manage the ups and downs of Postgraduate life. The
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Appy Valentines Day – recommended relationship themed downloads

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads…   In the month of love, February, we believe that self-care and relationship appreciation should be a priority. If you have some doubts about the relationship that you are in, have a look at our blog explaining
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Come in! Why students should visit 50 Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about what resides behind the colourful door of 50 Park Place… Most students will have walked past these doors on a daily basis, but how many actually know what the Student Support Centre has to offer them? We’d like all students to be aware of the centre and that
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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Make a difference – become a Wellbeing Champion

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Tsvetina, tells us more about how you can make a difference to our university community, by becoming a Wellbeing Champion… University can be a challenge for many students and it is no secret that it sometimes causes us excessive stress and headaches. Sometimes stressful situations are considered to be a normal part of our university experience.
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#ITSNOTOK Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about how you can get involved to show your support…   Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, 6 February- 12 February 2017 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence is happening across the UK. Statistics in the NUS Hidden Marks report show that 1 in 4 students will experience unwanted sexual advances whilst at
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Support for Students from Students – find out where you can meet the Wellbeing Champions this semester

Posted on 1st February 2017 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, informs us of upcoming Wellbeing Hotspots… The second semester is here and our Wellbeing Champions have prepared lots of exciting events for you with the sole aim to promote mental and physical wellbeing amongst students. You can find them at the following dates and times: February Peer Support
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1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem – It’s Time to Talk Day 2 February 2017, join the conversation!

Posted on 1st February 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor and Tsvetina, Placement Student, from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team tell us more about the importance of getting people talking about mental health…   At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. How we act, talk and react can
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Fancy a brew and a biscuit brown? Forces’ Veterans’ meet up event Thursday 7 Feb

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up…   If you served or are you serving in the British Armed Forces  and studying at Cardiff University we would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other
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Book now for our Student Wellbeing workshops, courses and groups this February

Posted on 23rd January 2017 by

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.
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Students – be aware of the signs and symptoms of Influenza, aka ‘the flu’

Posted on 13th January 2017 by

Our Student Occupational Health Team tell us more about Influenza… If you are wondering whether you or a fellow student has a cold, the flu, influenza, or similar.  Or you’d like to know how to prevent becoming unwell or what to look out for, then please read this blog for more information about what, signs
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Top tips for eating healthy during exams

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

Kate, Student Intern offers her tips for eating healthy at Uni, during exams and on a budget …   A quick fast food fix may look tempting when you are up late revising or doing the dreaded library day. However, your body and brain need proper fuel for revision. Eat fresh fruit and veg, swap
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8 tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

It’s that time of the year where you will be revising for your exams, here Amy from our Wellbeing Team offers some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress … It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), too much of it can lead
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Advice on dealing with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 9th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about strategies for coping with exam anxiety…   It is natural to feel anxious prior to an exam. In fact, a little anxiety can actually help performance. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging situations.
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8th January 2017 by

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period and this week we will be publishing a series of blog posts providing tips and advice for students to help support you through the next few weeks… From managing exam stress to healthy eating and practical tips on staying focussed to extenuating circumstances, here’s more
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Nervous about a presentation? Help is at hand

Posted on 4th January 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Your stomach drops at the very thought of it; the dreaded P word that has students quaking in fear and dreading presentation day. It’s especially fear-inducing if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand and panicking are the worst things you can
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Deadly Silence: Men and Mental Health

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about men’s mental health and Time to Change… Mental health stigma affects all people differently and this stigma is particularly unique for men. So, why is it hard for men to talk about mental health problems?
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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 12th December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her tips on the best apps on the market to help you get through the month of December … December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when student
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Top 10 things to do in Cardiff over Christmas

Posted on 10th December 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares her top ten things to go in Cardiff over Christmas… In Cardiff over Christmas and stuck for things to do? Look no further! This blog is your essential student guide for all the things to do in Cardiff over the Christmas break.  
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Staying in Cardiff for the holidays and feeling homesick?

Posted on 9th December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares tips on coping with homesickness… Staying at Cardiff over the holidays is an option that a lot of students go for due to a number of reasons. If you are one of those folks that happen to be here for the winter recess please rest assured that it is normal
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Festive drinking: Don’t get too jolly

Posted on 8th December 2016 by

Victoria, Student Intern, discusses festive drinking and warns not to get too jolly… For some, ‘tis the season for festive drinks. However, don’t feel like you need to chug mulled wine just to get in the festive spirit. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental and physical health. The festive season often comes
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Staying safe this Christmas

Posted on 7th December 2016 by

Sophie, Student Intern, discusses how you and your friends can stay safe this Christmas… With tinsel, gifts, Christmas lights and snow loads of university work, it might be easy to put personal safety on the back burner. However, whether you’re heading home or staying in Cardiff over the holidays, it’s still important to take precautions to ensure your own and
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Ho-Ho Homes… Tips for keeping your student house safe this Christmas

Posted on 5th December 2016 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your home as jolly as you over the holidays… Whether you’ve decked out your student digs in the finest tinsel poundland can offer or it’s still sporting cobwebs from Halloween, keep your home jolly by making sure it’s safe and secure. Student homes can be targeted during the festive period, so make sure
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Give back this Christmas and feel good

Posted on 2nd December 2016 by

Sophie, Wellbeing Champion, discusses how you can give back this Christmas… Christmas for most of us, is one of the happiest times of the year. Presents wrapped in green, gold and red wrapping paper, mulled wine on the stove and the Polar Express on replay – what could be better? For some – a toothbrush,
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Your opportunity to talk with Student Wellbeing Champions this December

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, tells us more about the December hotspots and her role as a Wellbeing Champion… If you aren’t feeling your best and could use a wellbeing boost and some tips to get you ready for enjoying your Winter break, come and see us at our Student Wellbeing Champion Hotspots
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