Health and Wellbeing

Celebrating International Men’s Day and support at Cardiff Uni

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about International Men’s Day…



Thursday 19th November is International Men’s Day which is an annual celebration that focuses on men’s and boy’s health, gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an opportunity for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, whilst highlighting the discrimination against them.

So, what does this mean for Cardiff University Students? …. Please read on …. 

There are 6 objectives for the day:-

1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.

3. To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

4. To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law

5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality

6. To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential


Here I have highlighted the work and activity in Student Support and the wider University that support these objectives and our students: –


Did you know that Cardiff Uni has some notable Alumni and great role models?

For ideas on what to do with your future and how best to pursue your dream career speak to our Careers & Employability team about all the support and events available to you to help you on Your Career Journey.

For inspiration take a look at the Alumni pages, here are just 3 well-known faces who studied here: –


Jamie Roberts is most well known for his commitment to rugby, having played for Wales since 2008. He also represented the British and Irish lions on their tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013. He is most recently set to join the Harlequins FC. Before his sports career success he studied at Cardiff University school of medicine for 8 years, where he qualified as a Doctor. His impressive achievements do not end here, he is also a patron for the anti-smoking pressure group and ASH Wales.




Nathan Cleverly is another well known Welsh sportsman, most likely well known for his involvement in professional boxing. Alongside boxing, he also studied at Cardiff University where he graduated in 2010 with a BSc in Mathematics. He is a former WBO light weight champion who has also held the European, British, and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles.



Martin Lewis is another example of a Cardiff University student who has gone onto to have a very successful career. He read government and law at the London School of Economic, before he became a postgraduate student in broadcast journalism at Cardiff. He is widely known for being the creator of the website , as well as an journalist, television presenter and author.

Get involved and help Will in making a positive contribution to Uni life

At Student Support we fully support positive contributions to the University community and none less than those that our students make, such as Will our Student Intern who is taking part in Movember and helping to raise awareness for this great cause and spreading positive messages around the student community.


See Will’s blogs for further details of some of the positive work he has done for Student Support and Cardiff Uni: Movember, Men’s Health and support for Cardiff Students  How Dodgeball helped us raise awareness of Eating Disorders   “On your head son!” Male Engagement Football Tournament


Improve you health and wellbeing at Cardiff Uni

Cardiff Uni has many sports societies you can get involved in, which usually have weekly games or training, as well as a social in order for everyone to get to know each other. Most societies allow you to join just after Christmas, so if you haven’t joined one this term, definitely have a look at the options for next term.

Alternatively joining the gym is a great way to look after your  wellbeing not only physically but also emotionally. If you don’t fancy the cost, why not enter our Movember Competition.

Enter our Competition

In support of the Movember MOVE initiative, Student Support in partnership with Cardiff Uni Sport are giving away some great prizes to get you moving:

  • 3 x free fitness sessions, (either a Fitness induction, Gym Entry, Group Fitness Entry, Fitness Assessment, Personal Training or Fitness Programme Design)
  • 1 x free gym membership for the rest of 2015/2016 academic year (expires on 31st July 2016)

Any students at Cardiff Uni can enter, whether you are a Mo Bro or Mo Sista, here’s what you have to do:

If you are using Facebook

  1. Like studentlifecu  and  cardiff uni sport
  2. Post a FB status with the text ‘MOVE for Movember’ and tag in studentlifecu  and  cardiff uni sport

If you are using Twitter

  1. Follow  @studentlifecu and @cardiffunisport
  2. Tweet ‘MOVE for Movember’ and tag in @studentlifecu and @cardiffunisport

Look out for the winning students on facebook and twitter.


Don’t suffer in silence – come and see us!

Please know that the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team are here to help if you are struggling with your mental health or wellbeing.

Did you know that Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women and self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population. Their report also suggests that:
Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male

Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team have daily drop-in appointments and bookable counselling or wellbeing appointments. Please see the intranet for further information. Equally, if you are not sure about coming in to see us we have an Online Support Service called SilverCloud, which has programmes on managing Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Body Image; as well as many self help resources on the intranet.

What’s more, our Studentlifecu blog, twitter and facebook regularly feature tips on student wellbeing and ideas on events to enhance your student life.  We regularly share information from the Students’ Union, Chaplaincy and all of our own teams that offer a great range of insights and opportunities to make your student life the best it can be.


Equality and Diversity at Cardiff Uni

As set out in the Student Charter …

you can expect a dignified and principled community at Cardiff Uni – where equality is promoted, diversity and inclusivity are valued and individuals are respected; behaviour is guided by codes of academic integrity, ethics and good conduct; everyone accepts their responsibilities to each other; and a community that treats the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality.

Check the Uni Intranet and Students’ Union website for further resources, events, clubs & societies and follow our studentlifecu blog for items related to equality and diversity, including: Anti-bullying Week  Transgender Awareness Week.


Stay safe at Uni – attend the Student Safety Event!

Your student safety is key to a great Uni experience and next Thursday, 26th November we are holding a Student Safety Event in Y Plas (Student’s Union) for all students, between 11am and 2pm, to offer tips and advice to maximise your safety whilst studying in Cardiff. This Event is free and there will be plenty of information, helpful advice and freebies up for grabs – come and see us!  Read our blog ‘Tips for Staying Safe at Uni – join us Thurs 26th Nov’ for further details of the event.


Best wishes

Annie, Student Intern Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team


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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