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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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Bad thoughts spotter: Do you have unhelpful thinking habits?

Posted on 23rd October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses 9 types of unhelpful thinking habits that may negatively affect the way we think. The way we think has a big impact on our mood and behaviour. Have you recently felt that your mood and the way you act are impacted by irrational negative thoughts? Sometimes, our mind performs a trick and convinces us
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Mindfulness and how it can help you

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Mindfulness course offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. There are misconceptions of mindfulness as being religious or solely based on meditation. However, there are so many different ways in which you can practise mindfulness such as walking, sitting, eating or doing breathing exercises. Our Mindfulness sessions are all about
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Nervous about going to your university counselling appointment? Here are some tips…

Posted on 18th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about her experience with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service and shares her tips to prepare for your first appointment… Accepting that you have a mental illness is not an easy thing to come to terms with.  I have suffered from depression and anxiety and I remember how long it took for me
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4 Tips for dealing with panic attacks

Posted on 18th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to help you manage panic attacks… A panic attack is a rush of anxiety which exaggerates your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is a rapid build-up of overwhelming physical sensation, usually accompanying a feeling of fear that you are losing control, going to faint, have a
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My friend told me they have depression…what can I do?

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about depression and tips for supporting a friend experiencing the illness. Depression is more than just ‘feeling sad’, it is a mental illness which causes people to experience low self-esteem, lack of motivation and permeating feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, negativity and helplessness. You can’t just make it go away or snap
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Support for LGBT+ students

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about support for LGBT+ students… Victim Support are back this year at the Student Support Centre with their two projects: Rainbow Bridge and the All Wales Hate Crime Project. Team members will be at the Student Support Centre once per month, offering information, support and advice
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6 Tips to boost your self-esteem

Posted on 13th October 2016 by

Student Wellbeing Champion Natalie discusses ways you can improve your self-esteem… Self-esteem is the way we view ourselves. When we experience low self-esteem, we may think of ourselves as inadequate, unacceptable, unworthy or not entitled to good things in life. This irrational and distorted way of thinking can permeate all aspects of your life, resulting in painful and damaging effects. Do
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The Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run 2016

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares the best bits of Cardiff University’s first ever Student Life Fun Run… On the 1st October 2016 the streets of Cardiff were invaded by hundreds of students taking part in the Student Life Fun Run, a new event exclusively for Cardiff University students. The 2.4km route looped twice around Cardiff’s Civic
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Walking to Wellbeing – My story

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Sophie, Student Intern, shares her experience of joining the Walking to Wellbeing group for their first walk of the year… Do you enjoy meeting new people and visiting the beautiful sights of Cardiff for free? Does the idea of fresh air and a healthier mind interest you? If you answered yes to any of the
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about National Coming Out Day on 11th October… From birth, most of us are raised to think of ourselves as fitting into a certain mould. Our culture and our families teach us that we are ‘supposed to’ be attracted to people of a different sex, and
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Workshops and courses to support you through your student life

Posted on 6th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the different events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing for students… Are you experiencing stress, distress or feeling like it is difficult to cope?
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Are you experiencing homesickness? Here are some tips…

Posted on 1st October 2016 by

 Wellbeing Champion Natalie shares her tips on overcoming homesickness… Welcome to Cardiff! Moving away from home and coming to university… we’ve all heard stories about how great living on your own for the first time is. You can go out on weekdays, binge watch TV series’ or have two pints of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner.
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Living Life to the Full

Posted on 1st October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Living Life to the Full course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… When you are experiencing stress or going through a difficult time, you may also notice how your thoughts and cognitions are also negatively affected. Imagine walking down the street and seeing a close friend walking past.
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Let’s talk about sex

Posted on 27th September 2016 by

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team talks about STIs, safe sex, sexual consent and the support available for you in Cardiff… We all have different thoughts and feelings about sex because it means different things to different people. As a student, being at university can provide more opportunities to have sex and explore your sexuality
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Managing chronic stress

Posted on 27th September 2016 by

Natalie, our Student Wellbeing Champion, gives some tips on managing stress… Stress can sometimes be a positive thing. When we are experiencing acute (or “on the spot”) stress which usually results from a new, unpredictable situation that could potentially be a threat to us or our ego, our body releases adrenaline. This not only enhances our performance but
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Overcoming adversity: 5 tips to help you get back on track

Posted on 26th September 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to overcoming a difficult and challenging time… Are you finding it difficult to cope with the overwhelming feelings and emotions you have been having? Perhaps you have been through a horrible and traumatic event, or perhaps there are always little things coming up that are making you constantly stressed.
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