Health and Wellbeing

Rethink remembrance

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about Remembrance. Join us in a two-minute silence to remember our Armed Forces’ Veterans on Saturday 11 November.

On Saturday 11th November at 11am, we ask you to take a moment show your support for the veterans of our country. Please take a moment to put down your phone, stop what you’re doing and reflect for two minutes in silence.

Every year, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month, a two-minute silence is held to remember and honour those who served in the war to protect our freedom.

There will be also be an Act of Remembrance held at Cardiff University Chaplaincy on Colum Road on Sunday 12th November. Click here for more details about the event.

Rethink Remembrance

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. The Royal British Legion are asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.

For more information about Remembrance Day please visit the Royal British Legion website.


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Have you served or are you serving in the Armed Forces?

We would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veteran’s Meet Up Group, as an opportunity to meet with other veterans, get to know each other and share experiences with like-minded people.

The Meet-Up will take place on Tuesday 21st November from 5:15pm-6:45pm at 50 Park Place.

Please click here to book a place.


Support for Student Veterans at Cardiff University

Student Support’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service have set up a Veterans Project to ensure that Student Veterans receive the best support throughout university and are not discriminated or disadvantaged in any way.

I’m the dedicated member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for Student Veterans. My name is Rachel Whitmore and I’m based in the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place, Cathays and on a Wednesday I am based at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.  My role is to work with Student Veterans to understand their individual needs, and provide you with information about financial, housing and emotional support we may be able to offer you.

If you are a Student Veteran and would like to receive counselling from one of our therapists who has worked with Veterans or attended training on supporting Veterans, please let us know and we can accommodate this for you. We also work closely with Veterans’ NHS Wales and can support you with a referral to their services if required.

One of our Mental Health Advisors, from Student Support’s Disability and Dyslexia Service, is a Veteran. If you are a Student Veteran with a long term physical or mental health condition which is affecting your functioning at university and you would prefer to speak with a Veteran about practical support options, please let us know and we can accommodate this for you.

Are you a Forces’ Veteran studying at Cardiff University?

If you are a current or ex-serviceman or woman, or if your parents have served in the Armed Forces, we would like to hear from you. We are interested in your views on how the university can best support ex-forces students and family members.

Please complete our Student Veterans survey to let us know how we can best support you at Cardiff University.


Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing

If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service who can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.

The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer booked appointments via an online referral questionnaire, in which friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. They also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place).

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.


Your feedback and help please

Have you found this blog post useful?  Please help us by commenting in the comments bar below, and if there is anything further you’d like to know ask your questions there too.

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Best wishes,

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, 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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