Health and Wellbeing

Struggling to settle in at Uni, experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness? Help is available

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 University’s Student Support Centre are committed to helping you, no matter how big or small the problem may be. They also run courses to help students overcome their problems by learning practical methods and sharing their problems with peers experiencing similar difficulties.



What is Long-term Group Work?

Long-term Group Work is a support group offered at Cardiff University for students who are experiencing emotional difficulties and would like extra support on an on-going basis. The group setting will give you the opportunity to learn from others, listen to different perspectives on similar challenges you may be experiencing, and to see first-hand how others are coping with similar issues.

The sessions are open for you to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences, but there is no pressure if you don’t feel comfortable. You have the option of observing or actively engaging. After all, the group is set up to support you get through these tough times, so it is completely up to you, and it’s whatever you feel which is going to help you the most.


Who is it for?

If you are experiencing any emotional distress and wish to get support, then this programme is for you. The programme is suitable for those experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, emotional issues or relationship problems.  Even if you have never talked to anyone about your feelings, or even if you are seeing a counsellor on an ongoing basis, you are welcome to join the Long-term Group Work sessions if you feel like you need some extra support.


What can I expect in each session?

The group sessions run once a week for around an hour. There are usually around 8-10 people in each session. The programme is assisted by a psychotherapist, who will help the group to develop skills and techniques to manage wellbeing. There will also be the chance to share your problems and how you are feeling, in order to get advice and guidance from the psychotherapist and peers who may be experiencing similar things. It is all confidential and you do not have to share anything at all unless you want to.

The sessions are open for you to come any week throughout the year. You can join at any point in the year, and if you feel that you do not need any more support, you can drop the sessions when you feel like it’s the right time.

The programme is here to help you develop techniques to help manage your wellbeing as well as the ability to carry on with life despite your difficulties.


How can I sign up?

Click here to see all the courses and workshop available and to sign up for Long-term group work.

If you are experiencing serious concerns that needs immediate attention, please contact your GP or  visit the A&E service (Call 999). If you do not want to go to the A&E but cannot wait for an appointment at the GP, call NHS Direct Wales (08 45 46 47).


Contacting Counselling Health and Wellbeing

If you are struggling to improve your wellbeing, please know Cardiff University Support Services are here for you – there is no problem too big or too small and we would be happy to provide you with some support. We offer a range of flexible support options including:

Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire. We also offer a Wellbeing Walk-In Service, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 3.45pm and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.15am, at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.  We also hold a walk-in service at our Student Support Centre in Cardigan House at the Heath, on Wednesday afternoons 3pm to 3.45pm.

 Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.

If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a peer ear and give you basic health and wellbeing advice. If you would like to see our Champions in action, check out their video.

If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.


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Best wishes,

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion.


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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