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.

Every year, a two-minute silence is held to remember and honour those who served in the war to protect our freedom.

This year Armistice Day falls on Sunday 11 November and staff and students at the University are invited to join with the City”s Observance of the Two Minute Silence.

There will be an Act of Remembrance, led by Rev Delyth Liddell and the University Multi-faith chaplaincy on Friday 9 November at 10:50 in the Council Chamber, Main Building.

Join us to honour the suffering and sacrifices of those in the war.


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.

Find out when the next group meet-up is happening here.


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.

My name is Rachel Whoitmore and I’m the dedicated member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for Student Veterans.  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.

Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service

The university’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service is available to provide support for anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, including if you are struggling with any issue relating to coming out, your sexual orientation or your gender identity.

The team offers bookable appointments via an online self-referral form, as well as a daily Drop-In Service called ‘Wellbeing Drop-In’, between 15:00-15:45, Monday–Friday and on Wednesday mornings between 09:30-10:15 at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.

All of the staff will listen, without judgement, and offer support in a safe, confidential space.


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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