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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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All you need to know about our online counselling and wellbeing services

Posted on 11th April 2016 by

Did you know that our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team offer online sessions and support?  Sarah one of our Senior Counsellors gives us a short guide to what this is and how to access it… What is online counselling and wellbeing and why should I try it? It’s having counselling or wellbeing appointments either via webcam, Instant Messaging or
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Free exercise referral programme to help students

Posted on 8th March 2016 by

Student Interns, Annie and Will, tell us how exercise can benefit your wellbeing with the new Exercise on Referral scheme… University life is full of daily obstacles that can interfere with our mood and wellbeing. The accumulation of certain events can lead to many students’ studies being interrupted by depression and/or anxiety as motivation and decision-making
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What has the potential to make students more vulnerable to emotional and mental distress? Please help with our research

Posted on 3rd March 2016 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about the importance of supporting students who are vulnerable… As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are struggling. These struggles might include difficulties in their relationships, their studies, a mental health problem, a physical health problem, their family, the transition
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My Battle With Food – A Personal Insight

Posted on 2nd March 2016 by

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, gives a personal account of her battle with an Eating Disorder… Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I’ve seen many people on my Facebook news feed take the plunge and describe their experiences in the hope of reaching out and being able to potentially help someone else in
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Self-harm – what it is and what may help?

Posted on 29th February 2016 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & 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 March 1st 2016. Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to talking openly about self-harm. Some common myths around self-harm include that it is something
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Using alcohol & drugs safely – new student drop-in service

Posted on 28th February 2016 by

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, provides more information about a new drop-in drugs and alcohol service for the university…  As part of the Student Support team, we are aware that student safety is one of the most important things to focus on, and this encompasses many things, including: safety at night; safety with money; sexual safety;
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The Ultimate Valentines Blog – Top tips for saving money this Valentines

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

Annie, Placement Student, provides all the information you need this valentines… This week, also National Student Money Advice week, is the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Single or in a relationship, either way Valentines can end up costing a lot. Whether you enjoy eating out, or getting a take-away, or even going for drinks, it all
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‘G’ is for Gay! A closer look at LGBT+ History month

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month, this week ‘G’ is for Gay…   Following on from last week’s blog in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘L’ is for Lesbian), this week’s blog is ‘G’ is for Gay. So far there have been some great events
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Support for Cardiff Uni students whatever the weather

Posted on 3rd February 2016 by

Will, our Student Intern, tells us more about the University’s student support teams and how to get your hands on one of our new umbrellas …   No matter how long you have lived in Cardiff, it is easy to see that it rains quite frequently! I am one of many students who have experienced walking to
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LGBT+ History Month

Posted on 1st February 2016 by

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month and the activities and events the University has planned …   February is LGBT+ History Month, and 2016’s theme is Religion, Belief and Philosophy: A Leap of Faith. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are also Christians, Muslims, Jews,
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‘L’ is for Lesbian! We’re celebrating LGBT history month

Posted on 25th January 2016 by

Annie, Student Intern tells us more LGBT History month, this week, ‘L’ is for Lesbian …   Over the next 4 weeks we will posting blogs to recognise and raise awareness regarding LGBT+ History Month. LGBT history month is an annual celebration and recognition of anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, and takes
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Contact details and apps every student needs

Posted on 19th January 2016 by

Annie, Student Intern provides you with a directory of numbers and  list of apps for when you are in need of support…     Feeling like you have support, or you know who to contact if someone else needs support, is an important part of looking after yours or someone else’s wellbeing. It’s good to educate
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Student Wellbeing is Everybody’s Business – Help us to enhance the student experience

Posted on 25th November 2015 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about the importance of both staff and students creating a supportive culture at Cardiff University… The University experience for many of our students will be one to remember and one that shapes their future. Whilst we are thankful that many of our students enjoy and thrive during their university years
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Transgender Awareness Week and support for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 16th November 2015 by

Jo from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Teams tells us more about Transgender Awareness Week and support for Cardiff Uni Students …     Recent years have seen important progress for trans related issues, with an increase in coverage in mainstream media about people who are transgender and several high profile ‘comings out’ and breakthrough
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week – What is hate crime?

Posted on 12th October 2015 by

Annie, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing tells us more about Hate Crime …   This week (10th – 17th October) is National Hate Crime Awareness week, this occurs annually in order to raise awareness and address what hate crime is, as well as how to respond to it. Through making people more aware
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World Mental Health Day

Posted on 10th October 2015 by

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Mental Health …     Today is World Mental Health Day, the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Every year on 10 October we join together in shining the spotlight on a particular aspect of mental ill health. The theme for 2015
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Overwhelmed with student life? 4 questions to ask yourself

Posted on 5th October 2015 by

Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Student Intern Annabel gives you some questions to ask yourself and tips for staying in control and positive …     Sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a number of things in every day life, such as work, relationships, money, diet, friends, and pretty much anything that may affect your
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Student Tips – When drinking becomes problematic

Posted on 30th September 2015 by

Alcohol is the most popular and common substance students tend to use to have fun on a night out. Here our Wellbeing Team provide quick tips for when drinking becomes problematic … As with all things, drinking alcohol is best done in moderation and while it can help you to have a great time, it can cause
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5 tips for taking care of yourself at Uni

Posted on 23rd September 2015 by

Take care of yourself, take care of your wellbeing, read our Student Wellbeing team’s 5 tips …   Being ‘happy’ isn’t the natural human state, and it’s completely normal not to feel it all the time. Looking after your wellbeing helps you work towards a state of contentment and ease by tuning in with your
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20 tips for dealing with Homesickness

Posted on 22nd September 2015 by

Annabel, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing shares the teams tips for when you are feeling homesick, and how to know when it’s becoming an issue in your life …     There are different things which may lead you to feel homesick, some of which include the distance from home, a sense of anti-climax after joining or
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Tips and Hints for Surviving Fresher’s 2015

Posted on 18th September 2015 by

Our Student Intern Annabel shares her Tips and Hints for Surviving Fresher’s …   One simple Google search will land you with a whole load of tips and hints about how to survive Fresher’s week while having a great time. This oversupply of information all boils down to one thing: everybody is just as nervous
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We are supporting the LGBT Hate Crime Campaign

Posted on 2nd July 2015 by

Jo from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about the LGBT Hate Crime Campaign and how our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team can support students …     The Campaign A major new campaign has been launched by the National LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Hate Crime partnership to raise awareness of LGB and T
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People with mental health problems don’t look depressed all the time

Posted on 24th March 2015 by

8/10 believe headclutchers aren’t an accurate representation of how it feels to have a mental health problem. Sarah Braes, Counselling Health & Wellbeing Intern tells us more about the Time to Change campaign … Have your ever seen a ‘headclutcher’? They’re those photos of a person holding their head in their hands, usually while wearing
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How Student Minds is confronting mental health problems at Cardiff University

Posted on 23rd March 2015 by

Guest post by Kieran Patel, Co-President, Student Minds Cardiff on Student Minds and what they do at Cardiff University …   Student Minds Cardiff work closely with the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team at the Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place and Cardigan House. Together they aim to support students by offering a range of easily accessible services
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7 easy tips to reduce your stress

Posted on 17th March 2015 by

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Do you find it difficult to concentrate, and do you feel irritable and anxious? Have you lost your appetite? Do you go over things in your head? Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team offer some useful tips to help …   This list is not conclusive,
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Student services and events to support you at Uni – What’s On 16th – 27 March

Posted on 16th March 2015 by

Whatever life brings your way, don’t face it alone, we may be able to help. Katrina Taylor outlines what the Student Support & Wellbeing teams have to offer students in March …   It may be money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support don’t
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Helping you understand Self Injury

Posted on 10th March 2015 by

Kyla Shields, Counsellor in Counselling, Health & Wellbeing tells us more about understanding self injury …   The fact that you have read this far gladdens my heart! You haven’t been immediately scared off by those frightening, emotive, stigma ridden words … SELF INJURY. So, I commend you for your bravery and thank you for
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