Mental health

Conquering Culture Shock

Posted on 15 November 2018 by Maddie Duffield

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, explains culture shock and how you can overcome it. As the nights get longer and the days become grey and damp, you may find yourself wishing for the warm sun and familiar faces, missing the comforts of home a little more than you expected… It’s likely that it’s not just
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Speaking out about Depression, Anxiety and Loneliness

Posted on 11 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Modern Languages Student, Emily, talks about her experience with depression, anxiety and loneliness and encourages others to speak out about how they are feeling. Starting university in a new city and a new country entirely was challenging and it was at this time that my mental health began to be affected. Although things improved, they
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 8 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, discusses National Coming Out Day and how to get involved. October 11 is National Coming Out Day and Cardiff University is celebrating in partnership with Rainbow Bridge, the specialised LGBT+ domestic abuse support organisation. ‘Coming out’ means telling someone something about yourself that isn’t immediately obvious. In relation to sexual orientation
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‘Mind your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about ‘Mind Your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day and how you can get involved with events around campus. Mind Your Head Week is an annual event running Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October this year. It’s a week of events held around Cardiff University to raise awareness
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Working together to create a Suicide Safer Community…

Posted on 10 September 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Jo, from the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2018 and how you can be part of creating a Suicide-Safer University…   Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to
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Speaking out about Bipolar Disorder

Posted on 21 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

PhD Student and Postgraduate Peer Supporter, Sum, discusses Bipolar Disorder and shares his own personal experience of this mental health condition… My experience with mental health problems began when I was sixteen years old. After significant struggles and inaccurate diagnoses of depression whilst completing my undergraduate degree, I was correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on 19 May 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Scot, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about Mental Health Awareness Week…   It’s mental health awareness week and it couldn’t come at a better time! Exams and deadlines are happening for many of us, or are looming in the near future, so let’s not forget to take care of ourselves. The theme this year is stress and
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Speaking out about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on 2 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Psychology student and Wellbeing Champion, Nichola, discusses her experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how one honest conversation can make a world of difference. After suffering silently with PTSD at University, one honest conversation spurred a positive path towards acceptance and coping strategies. From once struggling to even express my feelings to friends,
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Advice for my fellow PhD students

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Carolyn, Postgraduate Peer Supporter, shares some key advice for postgraduate students and tells us more about the Postgraduate Peer Support group. An old piece of advice and a lifesaving strategy for me and my work has been to “kill your darlings.” In other words, get rid of my most precious and especially self-indulgent passages for
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Stand with LGBT+

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the Students’ Union’s new LGBT+ Mental Health Campaign: Stand with LGBT+, and how you can show support and get involved! For the LGBT+ Community, the risk of struggling with poor mental health is higher.   What does LGBT+ mean? ‘LGBT+’ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other identities. The phrase
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Speaking out about Social Anxiety

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Final year geography student, Callie, discusses her experience of social anxiety and the impact that being more open about mental health can have. In 2016, I finally admitted I had Social Anxiety and found help at University. This year I helped to launch a University Campaign and found out I have an interview for my
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What’s on your mind? #LetsShare

Posted on 21 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Time to Change Champion, talks about Cardiff University’s new Mental Health Campaign: What’s on your mind? #LetsShare, encouraging us all to share more when it comes to mental health… Mental health problems are common. One in four of us will be affected at some point in our lives. So being able
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Speak about your mental health, creatively

Posted on 9 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, discusses creative ways to speak about your mental health and improve your wellbeing. I’m one of over a hundred Student Wellbeing Champions (trained students who offer peer to peer support around campus and via online instant messaging) and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health is something we’re all passionate about. On
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Managing anxiety

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sari, Student Counsellor, talks about the Managing Anxiety course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Sometimes anxiety is a massive nuisance – it stops us from trying new things, undermines our confidence, clutters up our minds so that we can’t think straight.  You might have noticed the anxious ‘voice’ inside you, telling you stories
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Living with OCD: A poetic insight

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In line with OCD Awareness Week in October, Wellbeing Champion, Emma, shares a personal poem called ‘Quirks’ about her experience with Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Quirks Sitting in a coffee shop talking to your friend You laugh, The big proclamation: ‘I’m so OCD!’ You proceed to explain Your charming oddity, The funniest joke in the
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3 Tips for Looking after your Mental Health

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion for the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about why mental health matters… Why do we prioritise physical ailments over mental illness? Just because you can’t see an illness doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mental health and self-care is so important within today’s modern stressful society. When it all gets too much and
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Mind your Head

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Health and Wellbeing Team talks about World Mental Health Day and gives advice on maintaining your mental health whilst at university. World Mental Health Day is on Tuesday 10 October and all week at Cardiff University we are promoting awareness of mental health through ‘Mind Your Head Week’ organised by your VP
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Take a Minute, Change a life on World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on 7 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2017 and about creating a Suicide-Safer University… Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have,
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Living a healthy University life

Posted on 1 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Two of our students have teamed up to share advice for freshers and current students on leading a healthy life whilst making the most of your time here at Cardiff University! Well done! You’ve made it to university and you’re probably enthusiastic to explore and try new things, whilst also a bit anxious about how
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Seeking help for self-harm or supporting someone who self-harms

Posted on 16 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Deadly Silence: Men and Mental Health

Posted on 13 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Halloween is for dressing up… not mocking mental health

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Happy Halloween! Halloween can be lots of fun, but it can also be a difficult time for people with mental health problems. Costumes, events, TV shows and horror films can all contribute to spreading misconceptions that people with mental health problems are
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Bad thoughts spotter: Do you have unhelpful thinking habits?

Posted on 23 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses 9 types of unhelpful thinking habits that may negatively affect the way we think. The way we think has a big impact on our mood and behaviour. Have you recently felt that your mood and the way you act are impacted by irrational negative thoughts? Sometimes, our mind performs a trick and convinces us
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Nervous about going to your university counselling appointment? Here are some tips…

Posted on 18 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about her experience with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service and shares her tips to prepare for your first appointment… Accepting that you have a mental illness is not an easy thing to come to terms with.  I have suffered from depression and anxiety and I remember how long it took for me
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4 Tips for dealing with panic attacks

Posted on 18 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to help you manage panic attacks… A panic attack is a rush of anxiety which exaggerates your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is a rapid build-up of overwhelming physical sensation, usually accompanying a feeling of fear that you are losing control, going to faint, have a
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My friend told me they have depression…what can I do?

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about depression and tips for supporting a friend experiencing the illness. Depression is more than just ‘feeling sad’, it is a mental illness which causes people to experience low self-esteem, lack of motivation and permeating feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, negativity and helplessness. You can’t just make it go away or snap
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Managing chronic stress

Posted on 27 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, our Student Wellbeing Champion, gives some tips on managing stress… Stress can sometimes be a positive thing. When we are experiencing acute (or “on the spot”) stress which usually results from a new, unpredictable situation that could potentially be a threat to us or our ego, our body releases adrenaline. This not only enhances our performance but
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Time to Change

Posted on 23 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Right now, someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem. Mental illness affects one in four of us every year, so it’s likely that at least one of your friends, family, housemates or academic tutors are dealing with a mental health
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Free exercise referral programme to help students

Posted on 8 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Interns, Annie and Will, tell us how exercise can benefit your wellbeing with the new Exercise on Referral scheme… University life is full of daily obstacles that can interfere with our mood and wellbeing. The accumulation of certain events can lead to many students’ studies being interrupted by depression and/or anxiety as motivation and decision-making
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My Battle With Food – A Personal Insight

Posted on 2 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, gives a personal account of her battle with an Eating Disorder… Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I’ve seen many people on my Facebook news feed take the plunge and describe their experiences in the hope of reaching out and being able to potentially help someone else in
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Self-Harm – a students personal account

Posted on 2 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

A personal story of self-harm…  Anonymous Cardiff University student talks about her personal experiences of self-harming behaviour and challenges some tired clichés…    As March is self-harm awareness month I wanted to share my story. I currently study at Cardiff University, and if we got talking somewhere on campus you’d probably think I was a
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