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Enhancing Your Wellbeing as a Cardiff Student

Jo Pinder from the Student Wellbeing Team introduces the many ways they aim to help enhance your wellbeing as a Cardiff student …

Student wellbeing

Earlier this year, the Student Wellbeing Team was appointed by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Division to offer a new strand of support for students across the University. 

The team, made up of (photos left to right) Amy, Eleanor, Jo and Sari, aims to increase access to, and speed of, support for students.AmyEleanorJoSari

Our Aim – More Support For You

The Wellbeing Team aims to increase access to support for students by working to reduce the stigma which still exists around seeking support and terms such as ‘counselling’ and ‘mental health’.

By focusing on ‘wellbeing’ (which everybody has a level of!), and offering information, tips and support on any kind of issue that may affect a person’s wellbeing or level of functioning, we hope to promote wellbeing to all, and to target support at those students who may be experiencing problems but who do not feel these are severe enough to warrant support. A student does not need to be experiencing, for example, severe depression, to access support; somebody might be feeling homesick, worried about exams or not getting along with housemates – and these are the kinds of issues the Wellbeing Team can help with.

A Practical Approach – Helping you Quickly

We use a practical approach to dealing with problems and difficulties, geared towards finding solutions. We work with students to explore what is maintaining any current problem/s or difficulties, and to identify together new coping strategies and goals for making improvements.

The Team is also part of an initiative to reduce waiting times for appointments within the Service, by offering a first step of support to those students who require brief help, quickly. For example if a student is worried about an exam looming next week, we will endeavour to offer support to that person prior to the exam.

Where to Find Us – Appointments, Drop-ins, Hotspots, Workshops

We offer booked wellbeing appointments where students can work one-to-one with a member of the team to tackle issues such as anxiety, homesickness, concerns about a friend, feeling low, problems with housemates, drinking too much, thinking of leaving Uni, and a whole host of other issues.

The Team has also been hitting the street, offering wellbeing advice on the move and working to establish a presence at various ‘Wellbeing Hotspots’ – popular locations on Campus such as libraries, halls of residence, cafes and study rooms – where students can meet the team, learn about the support available, ask for advice, pick up self-help materials or speak to a member of the team in confidence.

Look out for us in our turquoise Wellbeing T-shirts!

We offer ‘Wellbeing Walk-In’, a daily drop-in service, every afternoon (Monday-Friday) from 3pm-3.45pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am-10.15am at the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service at 50 Park Place, and on selected days at Cardigan House, our Heath Park Campus. Students are invited to come along, without an appointment, to chat to a member of the team, ask for advice, pick up leaflets, borrow a self-help book (either hard copy or e-book format), or find out how to access one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing appointments.

‘Wellbeing Workshops’ are also on offer regularly throughout the academic year, offering information, support and self-help resources on a variety of useful topics and common difficulties experienced by students, such as anxiety, low mood, perfectionism, poor self-esteem and procrastination.

Our Workshops are intended to encourage the development of healthy coping strategies, as well as improved employment skills, and are run in small groups of up to 12 people, offering students the opportunity to share and learn from each other in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Please visit our website or e-mail studentwellbeingteam@cardiff.ac.uk for further details on any of our services, to find out drop-in information or to request a full list of available workshops, self-help books or e-books. You can also follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of what the Wellbeing Team is up to and for location details of weekly Hotspots!

Best wishes
Jo

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