Health and Wellbeing

Support with managing your emotional and physical health and wellbeing; counselling; student occupational health; urgent advice in a crisis.

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

Posted on 23 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 13 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 4 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 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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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 12 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

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 10 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 7 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 5 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 2 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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The 12 blogs of Christmas… Information, Advice and Important Contacts for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

As the festive season fast approaches we bring you ‘The 12 blogs of Christmas’… Whatever your plans over the University’s Christmas Recess we have created a series of blogs to help give you some fun ideas on what to do and offer practical advice on your wellbeing during the holidays.
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Culture Shocked!

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Wellbeing Champions here to help!

Posted on 22 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, introduces us to some of the Wellbeing Champion and informs us of upcoming hotspots… This week’s Meet the Champions post features another two amazing volunteers that have committed their time to be of benefit to others. Read on to learn their stories and about what made them want
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Are you being bullied?

Posted on 17 November 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Anti-Bullying Week, bullying and support for Cardiff students … It’s Anti-Bullying Week from 14th-18th November 2016. Bullying is something we often associate with school and growing up. As a child or teenager, it’s very likely that either you were bullied, or you knew somebody else that was.
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Meet the Wellbeing Champions!

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

Tsvetina, Placement Student, tells us more about  Student Wellbeing Champions… Would you like the opportunity to talk about your health and wellbeing with a fellow student who’s trained to help? Have you ever talked about mental health and wellbeing with a friendly student wearing a blue t-shirt? You have definitely missed out on a lovely
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Awareness Week, running from the 14th – 20th November. Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues this community faces. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is
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8 Signs of a Psychologically Abusive Relationship

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, student Wellbeing Champion, discusses signs of a psychologically abusive relationship. Are you in a happy and healthy relationship? Having a partner is supposed to make feel you happy and secure. If you don’t feel this way, then there may be problems you need to recognise. If you don’t feel secure, comfortable and loved, perhaps
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Have you registered with a Doctor yet?

Posted on 11 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Victoria, tells us more about the health service available for staff and students at Cardiff University…   Did you know that there is a health surgery right next to the Students’ Union? Park Place Surgery is a branch of Roath House Surgery (100 Penylan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff) but resides on our
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Rethink Remembrance

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service and dedicated contact for Student Veterans, talks about Remembrance. On Friday 11th November at 11am, we ask students and staff to take a moment to show your support for the veterans of our country. Please put down your phone, stop what you’re doing and reflect for
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Relationship goals

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Natalie, discusses the real relationship goals… We’ve all seen the hilarious ‘relationship goals’ memes – if you haven’t, a sneaky chortle or two is just a google search away. However, it’s not all hearts and rainbows (or mutual love of a games console, food ect). Perhaps the only real relationship goal is to be in
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Smartphone Wellbeing: Anxiety Apps

Posted on 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Placement students Tsvetina Ivanova and Kristian King, discuss anxiety apps and how they can help you… In a modern world everybody relies on their mobile phones for a whole range of activities such as communicating, information gathering or just filling some time while waiting. Given their almost constant presence in our daily routines, they begin
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Supporting a friend in an abusive relationship

Posted on 2 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, shares 6 tips to support a friend in an abusive relationship. Seeing a friend in an abusive relationship can be very scary or frustrating. Even though you want to help, you may feel like you have no control of the situation and be unsure of how to go about it. Whilst it is up to
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Easy Eats: 5 Vegan Varieties

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares 5 budget-friendly vegan dishes for you to try this World Vegan Day… Happy World Vegan Day to both our vegan and non-vegan students! A vegan is someone who chooses not to eat meat, fish or dairy products, although the common misconception seems to be that vegans live on little more than
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TALK: relationship violence support

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses relationship violence and the TALK programme available for students… If you are in a violent relationship or a victim of domestic violence, or if you know someone in that situation, let me tell you about the support available to you from Cardiff University’s Student Support.
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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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Struggling to settle in at Uni, experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness? Help is available

Posted on 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Long-term Group Work sessions offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. We all need a little support and guidance when things become tough. It may be that you are struggling to settle in, or are experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team at Cardiff
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Asexual Awareness Week

Posted on 25 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo and Tsvetina from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talk about Asexual Awareness Week: 23rd October – 29th October. Asexual Awareness Week is an annual international campaign designed to raise awareness about and promote visibility of the asexual community. Not everybody is interested in sex! An asexual person (sometimes known as ‘ace’, for short)
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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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Mindfulness and how it can help you

Posted on 20 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Mindfulness course offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. There are misconceptions of mindfulness as being religious or solely based on meditation. However, there are so many different ways in which you can practise mindfulness such as walking, sitting, eating or doing breathing exercises. Our Mindfulness sessions are all about
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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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⌗itooamcardiff gives BME students a voice

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

We are pleased to launch our new, I, Too, Am Cardiff, Harvard-inspired campaign… Tuesday 18th October will see the launch of our new student-led campaign, which gives BME students a voice.  The campaign will be rolled out across the University for all to see. Here’s more about what we have planned and how you can get involved.
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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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Support for LGBT+ students

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about support for LGBT+ students… Victim Support are back this year at the Student Support Centre with their two projects: Rainbow Bridge and the All Wales Hate Crime Project. Team members will be at the Student Support Centre once per month, offering information, support and advice
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6 Tips to boost your self-esteem

Posted on 13 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion Natalie discusses ways you can improve your self-esteem… Self-esteem is the way we view ourselves. When we experience low self-esteem, we may think of ourselves as inadequate, unacceptable, unworthy or not entitled to good things in life. This irrational and distorted way of thinking can permeate all aspects of your life, resulting in painful and damaging effects. Do
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The Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run 2016

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares the best bits of Cardiff University’s first ever Student Life Fun Run… On the 1st October 2016 the streets of Cardiff were invaded by hundreds of students taking part in the Student Life Fun Run, a new event exclusively for Cardiff University students. The 2.4km route looped twice around Cardiff’s Civic
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Walking to Wellbeing – My story

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, shares her experience of joining the Walking to Wellbeing group for their first walk of the year… Do you enjoy meeting new people and visiting the beautiful sights of Cardiff for free? Does the idea of fresh air and a healthier mind interest you? If you answered yes to any of the
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about National Coming Out Day on 11th October… From birth, most of us are raised to think of ourselves as fitting into a certain mould. Our culture and our families teach us that we are ‘supposed to’ be attracted to people of a different sex, and
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Workshops and courses to support you through your student life

Posted on 6 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the different events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing for students… Are you experiencing stress, distress or feeling like it is difficult to cope?
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Are you experiencing homesickness? Here are some tips…

Posted on 1 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Wellbeing Champion Natalie shares her tips on overcoming homesickness… Welcome to Cardiff! Moving away from home and coming to university… we’ve all heard stories about how great living on your own for the first time is. You can go out on weekdays, binge watch TV series’ or have two pints of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner.
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Living Life to the Full

Posted on 1 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Living Life to the Full course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… When you are experiencing stress or going through a difficult time, you may also notice how your thoughts and cognitions are also negatively affected. Imagine walking down the street and seeing a close friend walking past.
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Let’s talk about sex

Posted on 27 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team talks about STIs, safe sex, sexual consent and the support available for you in Cardiff… We all have different thoughts and feelings about sex because it means different things to different people. As a student, being at university can provide more opportunities to have sex and explore your sexuality
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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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Overcoming adversity: 5 tips to help you get back on track

Posted on 26 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to overcoming a difficult and challenging time… Are you finding it difficult to cope with the overwhelming feelings and emotions you have been having? Perhaps you have been through a horrible and traumatic event, or perhaps there are always little things coming up that are making you constantly stressed.
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