Counselling Health & Wellbeing

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Surf your way to better Wellbeing

Posted on 24th May 2017 by

Do you fancy learning surfing in a friendly environment this summer? Do you want to boost your wellbeing and gain more confidence? The Wave Project may be just for you… What is The Wave Project? The Wave project is a charity that was started in 2010 as a voluntary group funded by the National Health
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Seeking help for self-harm or supporting someone who self-harms

Posted on 16th May 2017 by

Amy from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team discusses self-harm and the help resources available. As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are self-harming. We acknowledge that this is a coping strategy for many students and something that can be difficult to change. This blog will summarise some
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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in May

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout May… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops
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4 great apps to build your confidence…

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

  Try out one of these apps, recommended by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team to help you build your confidence.   Have you ever wondered what could’ve happened if your shyness or fear of rejection had not gotten in the way? Do you sometimes wish you could believe in yourself no matter what people
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

 Victoria, our Student Intern, shares her tips for eating well on a budget during exams… Endless tesco meal deals, the occasional wi-wo, various chocolatey snacks and an array of beverages from hoffi coffi’s selection may seem like the ideal exam diet, but it’s neither brain food nor budget-friendly. I know the struggles of exam time.
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Most students experience a bit of presentation panic at some point. Your stomach drops, your mouth goes dry, your knees wobble beneath you and a lump forms in your throat. It can be especially terrifying if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20th April 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner & Counsellor from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team, talks about creating a Suicide-Safer University.  Find out how you can become a Suicide-Alert Helper and learn the skills to identify and support any person who may be having thoughts of suicide… Suicide is one of the most serious issues all universities face,
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Tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, shares tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams. It is natural to feel anxious prior to an exam. In fact, a little anxiety can actually help performance. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging
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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Amy from our Wellbeing Team shares some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress. It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), but too much of it can lead you to feel out of control and can make it harder for you to take
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to manage your revision time effectively. It can be really hard to find self-motivation as the exam period gets closer. It requires a great deal of discipline and organisation to revise, especially when the joint demands of different courses or modules become overwhelming. Good planning skills
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5 Hops on the Wellbeing Hunt

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Our student intern Victoria, shares 5 hops on the Wellbeing hunt for you to follow this Easter. Though Easter egg hunts may (unfortunately) be a thing of the past, you’re never too young or too old to start caring about your wellbeing. So this Easter break, join us on a Wellbeing Hunt! Easter is the
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7 Tips to hop over homesickness

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Victoria, student intern, shares some tips on avoiding and combatting feelings of homesickness this Easter break… Though it may not seem like it from the suddenly deserted streets of Cathays, a lot of students stay in Cardiff during the Easter break. Whether it’s because they have a job here, can’t afford to go home, need
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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in April

Posted on 3rd April 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout April… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face.
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How have you found adapting to life in Cardiff? Tips on managing ‘culture shock’

Posted on 30th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team explains more about culture shock… All international students coming to Cardiff have different experiences when they first arrive at Cardiff University. Everyone has their own expectations and have heard different things about life in the UK, which is one of the reasons why some students may settle
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Trans Day of Visibility and support for Cardiff students

Posted on 29th March 2017 by

Jo from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Day of Visibility: 31st March 2017…   Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show your support for the trans community! It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people everywhere while fighting sexism and transphobia by spreading understanding of trans
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Tips on coping with homesickness whilst at University

Posted on 29th March 2017 by

We recognise the additional challenges that  International and EU students’ face when moving to the UK and in particular the challenges of coping with homesickness … For many students, coming to university is the first time you have lived far away from home, which is why feelings of homesickness can often creep in. On some occasions you will be
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Self-Injury Awareness Day

Posted on 6th March 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, talks about self-harm and how students can get support… Did you know that March is Self-harm Awareness Month and Self-Injury Awareness Day is on 1st March? Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to talking openly about self-harm. Some common myths around self-harm include that it is something that
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March wellbeing workshops, courses and groups to support you in your student life

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout March…   In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops are
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Celebrate University Mental Health Day with us!

Posted on 27th February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, tells us all about University Mental Health Day. Thursday 2nd March is University Mental Health Day!  University Mental Health Day is a national initiative started by Student Minds, designed to raise awareness about mental health on campuses across the UK.   Get Active This year the focus is
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Would you like a chat with a friendly peer?

Posted on 23rd February 2017 by

Find out more about our Wellbeing Champions and the Peer support groups that they run… Wellbeing Champions are students who support other students to look after their wellbeing. They promote healthy wellbeing through campaigning, organising events and being a visible support to other students. They offer knowledge, experience, and social or practical help to fellow
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Peer Support for Postgraduate Students

Posted on 21st February 2017 by

Find out more about the brand new support available for Postgraduate Students…. Did you know we have some enthusiastic and friendly Postgraduates who are trained in providing Peer Support? This is a brand new initiative, and aims to support Postgraduates to look after their wellbeing and manage the ups and downs of Postgraduate life. The
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Come in! Why students should visit 50 Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about what resides behind the colourful door of 50 Park Place… Most students will have walked past these doors on a daily basis, but how many actually know what the Student Support Centre has to offer them? We’d like all students to be aware of the centre and that
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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Make a difference – become a Wellbeing Champion

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Tsvetina, tells us more about how you can make a difference to our university community, by becoming a Wellbeing Champion… University can be a challenge for many students and it is no secret that it sometimes causes us excessive stress and headaches. Sometimes stressful situations are considered to be a normal part of our university experience.
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#ITSNOTOK Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about how you can get involved to show your support…   Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, 6 February- 12 February 2017 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence is happening across the UK. Statistics in the NUS Hidden Marks report show that 1 in 4 students will experience unwanted sexual advances whilst at
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Support for Students from Students – find out where you can meet the Wellbeing Champions this semester

Posted on 1st February 2017 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, informs us of upcoming Wellbeing Hotspots… The second semester is here and our Wellbeing Champions have prepared lots of exciting events for you with the sole aim to promote mental and physical wellbeing amongst students. You can find them at the following dates and times: February Peer Support
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1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem – It’s Time to Talk Day 2 February 2017, join the conversation!

Posted on 1st February 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor and Tsvetina, Placement Student, from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team tell us more about the importance of getting people talking about mental health…   At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. How we act, talk and react can
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Fancy a brew and a biscuit brown? Forces’ Veterans’ meet up event Thursday 7 Feb

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up…   If you served or are you serving in the British Armed Forces  and studying at Cardiff University we would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other
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Book now for our Student Wellbeing workshops, courses and groups this February

Posted on 23rd January 2017 by

Natalie, outlines the great range of student events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing this February – come and join us! You are not alone in experiencing difficulties whilst at University. These events provide a friendly, supportive space to gain information on strategies to overcome your difficulties, offering a safe and confidential place to explore issues, share concerns and develop new skills.
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Top tips for eating healthy during exams

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

Kate, Student Intern offers her tips for eating healthy at Uni, during exams and on a budget …   A quick fast food fix may look tempting when you are up late revising or doing the dreaded library day. However, your body and brain need proper fuel for revision. Eat fresh fruit and veg, swap
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8th January 2017 by

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period and this week we will be publishing a series of blog posts providing tips and advice for students to help support you through the next few weeks… From managing exam stress to healthy eating and practical tips on staying focussed to extenuating circumstances, here’s more
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Nervous about a presentation? Help is at hand

Posted on 4th January 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Your stomach drops at the very thought of it; the dreaded P word that has students quaking in fear and dreading presentation day. It’s especially fear-inducing if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand and panicking are the worst things you can
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Deadly Silence: Men and Mental Health

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about men’s mental health and Time to Change… Mental health stigma affects all people differently and this stigma is particularly unique for men. So, why is it hard for men to talk about mental health problems?
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Estranged from your family at Christmas? Advice on what to do and support available to you

Posted on 11th December 2016 by

Einir England from our Advice & Money shares her tips to prevent becoming lonely at Christmas time… The Christmas period can be challenging for people who have become estranged from their families.  You could risk feeling lonely and isolated if you stay in your halls of residence or on your own in your student home.
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Staying in Cardiff for the holidays and feeling homesick?

Posted on 9th December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares tips on coping with homesickness… Staying at Cardiff over the holidays is an option that a lot of students go for due to a number of reasons. If you are one of those folks that happen to be here for the winter recess please rest assured that it is normal
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Wellbeing Champions here to help!

Posted on 22nd November 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, introduces us to some of the Wellbeing Champion and informs us of upcoming hotspots… This week’s Meet the Champions post features another two amazing volunteers that have committed their time to be of benefit to others. Read on to learn their stories and about what made them want
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Are you being bullied?

Posted on 17th November 2016 by

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Anti-Bullying Week, bullying and support for Cardiff students … It’s Anti-Bullying Week from 14th-18th November 2016. Bullying is something we often associate with school and growing up. As a child or teenager, it’s very likely that either you were bullied, or you knew somebody else that was.
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Meet the Wellbeing Champions!

Posted on 16th November 2016 by

Tsvetina, Placement Student, tells us more about  Student Wellbeing Champions… Would you like the opportunity to talk about your health and wellbeing with a fellow student who’s trained to help? Have you ever talked about mental health and wellbeing with a friendly student wearing a blue t-shirt? You have definitely missed out on a lovely
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Jo from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Awareness Week, running from the 14th – 20th November. Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues this community faces. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is
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8 Signs of a Psychologically Abusive Relationship

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Natalie, student Wellbeing Champion, discusses signs of a psychologically abusive relationship. Are you in a happy and healthy relationship? Having a partner is supposed to make feel you happy and secure. If you don’t feel this way, then there may be problems you need to recognise. If you don’t feel secure, comfortable and loved, perhaps
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Have you registered with a Doctor yet?

Posted on 11th November 2016 by

Our Student Intern, Victoria, tells us more about the health service available for staff and students at Cardiff University…   Did you know that there is a health surgery right next to the Students’ Union? Park Place Surgery is a branch of Roath House Surgery (100 Penylan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff) but resides on our
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Rethink Remembrance

Posted on 9th November 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service and dedicated contact for Student Veterans, talks about Remembrance. On Friday 11th November at 11am, we ask students and staff to take a moment to show your support for the veterans of our country. Please put down your phone, stop what you’re doing and reflect for
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Personal Safety: A guide for Cardiff Students

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

One of our student interns, Sophie has been busy investigating how you and your friends can stay safe in the lovely city of Cardiff… So you’ve arrived in Cardiff, settled into your new bedroom and are getting on with your studies, but do you know how to stay safe when at university? Cardiff is generally
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Supporting a friend in an abusive relationship

Posted on 2nd November 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, shares 6 tips to support a friend in an abusive relationship. Seeing a friend in an abusive relationship can be very scary or frustrating. Even though you want to help, you may feel like you have no control of the situation and be unsure of how to go about it. Whilst it is up to
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Easy Eats: 5 Vegan Varieties

Posted on 1st November 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares 5 budget-friendly vegan dishes for you to try this World Vegan Day… Happy World Vegan Day to both our vegan and non-vegan students! A vegan is someone who chooses not to eat meat, fish or dairy products, although the common misconception seems to be that vegans live on little more than
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TALK: relationship violence support

Posted on 1st November 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses relationship violence and the TALK programme available for students… If you are in a violent relationship or a victim of domestic violence, or if you know someone in that situation, let me tell you about the support available to you from Cardiff University’s Student Support.
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Halloween is for dressing up… not mocking mental health

Posted on 31st October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Happy Halloween! Halloween can be lots of fun, but it can also be a difficult time for people with mental health problems. Costumes, events, TV shows and horror films can all contribute to spreading misconceptions that people with mental health problems are
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Struggling to settle in at Uni, experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness? Help is available

Posted on 28th October 2016 by

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
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Asexual Awareness Week

Posted on 25th October 2016 by

Jo and Tsvetina from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talk about Asexual Awareness Week: 23rd October – 29th October. Asexual Awareness Week is an annual international campaign designed to raise awareness about and promote visibility of the asexual community. Not everybody is interested in sex! An asexual person (sometimes known as ‘ace’, for short)
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