Health and Wellbeing, New Students

Student Veterans’ Meet Up

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the first Student Veterans’ Meet Up of the term.

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

We would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veteran’s Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other and talk with like-minded people.

The first meet up will take place on Tuesday 3rd October from 5:15pm-6:45pm at 50 Park Place.

Doughnuts will also be provided! This isn’t counselling or therapy, it’s a forum led by you.


Dedicated contacts for Student Veterans

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.  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.

I work closely with my colleague, Justin, who is an Army Veteran. Justin is a Mental Health Advisor also based at the Student Support Centre. 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.

Justin and I will both be at the Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up and we look forward to meeting you.

Let us know how we can make university life easier

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 click on the link below to complete our quick and anonymous survey to let us know how we can best support you at University:

Veterans Survey


Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing

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

We offer booked appointments via our online referral questionnaire, in which our friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. We 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 to view all of your GP options.


Your feedback and help please

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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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