Health & Wellbeing

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Celebrating our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors

Posted on 24th May 2017 by

Academic Study Skills Manager, Ann, tells us all about the annual celebration of our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors… Firstly, let us say CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s cohort of Student Mentors, Mentor Consultants and Ambassadors! The annual celebration evening was our opportunity to celebrate you and all of your hard work, so let us also
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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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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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In-exam guidance: Three golden rules

Posted on 25th April 2017 by

Chloe, from our Disability and Dyslexia Team shares three golden rules for the exam relevant to all students… With exams looming, here are three golden rules from us at the Disability and Dyslexia Team relevant to all students!
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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 25th April 2017 by

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager, shares organisation, revision and exam strategies for success… Prior planning and preparation are the keys to exam success. So let me introduce my exams guide, with organisation, revision and in-exam strategies to help you set a course and stay on track. From planning to procrastination and revision notes to
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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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Take a moment to be mindful – recommended Apps

Posted on 9th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads to help you through the spring semester … The second semester is flying by and coursework is piling up. Without realising it, students often prioritise academic work beyond the healthy balance and indulge into prolonged hours of studying.  We have found some great apps that
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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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Appy Valentines Day – recommended relationship themed downloads

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads…   In the month of love, February, we believe that self-care and relationship appreciation should be a priority. If you have some doubts about the relationship that you are in, have a look at our blog explaining
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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! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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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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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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8 tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

It’s that time of the year where you will be revising for your exams, here Amy from our Wellbeing Team offers 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), too much of it can lead
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Advice on dealing with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 9th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about strategies for coping with exam anxiety…   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 situations.
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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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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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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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Your opportunity to talk with Student Wellbeing Champions this December

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, tells us more about the December hotspots and her role as a Wellbeing Champion… If you aren’t feeling your best and could use a wellbeing boost and some tips to get you ready for enjoying your Winter break, come and see us at our Student Wellbeing Champion Hotspots
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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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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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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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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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Looking after your wellbeing

Posted on 23rd September 2016 by

Amy and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service, talk about looking after your Wellbeing… 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, we also know that
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Time to Change

Posted on 23rd September 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Right now, someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem. Mental illness affects one in four of us every year, so it’s likely that at least one of your friends, family, housemates or academic tutors are dealing with a mental health
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Supporting Veterans – Push up and raise awareness with us

Posted on 26th August 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, discusses the #22Pushups Challenge to raise awareness about the issues affecting Veterans and to pledge our support… We are aware that there are Student Veterans studying at Cardiff University and we want to show our support for veterans here and all around the world by getting
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Support for Student Veterans – Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Posted on 22nd June 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about the dedicated support available to Student Veterans…   Armed Forces Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the men and women in the Armed Forces who are currently, or have previously served, as well as their families
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Try ‘Uni Om’ today! A new office yoga workshop for students

Posted on 25th May 2016 by

Cathy, one of our Student Counsellors tell us more about ‘Uni Om’ and the benefits for students… Have you heard of Office Yoga? It really is a ‘thing’. If I were to ask you to think about yoga, chances are, you’re making an image of someone dressed in Lycra doing yoga on a yoga mat, maybe
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Tips for recognising and reducing stress

Posted on 25th May 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about stress and strategies you can use for reducing stress… Stress is our emotional and physical response to pressure. That pressure can arise from external factors including life events, living conditions, work, study, home and family, or from internal factors such as self-criticism and the
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Dealing with Exam Anxieties

Posted on 5th May 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about strategies for coping with exam anxiety… What is Exam Anxiety? 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
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Have you been vaccinated? Student advice on MMR immunisation

Posted on 4th May 2016 by

Jennifer Prosser, Occupational Health Adviser from our Student Occupational Heath team tells us more about Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and advice for students… It is advised that any University student who has not previously received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination should be offered MMR immunisation.  This blog tells you more about the vaccination
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On Your Head Son! Men’s mental health awareness event and support

Posted on 27th April 2016 by

Will, our Student Intern, tells us about the ‘On Your Head Son’ football tournament and why men’s mental health awareness is so important… Our tournament referees pictured with the four semi-finalists (left to right)   On Sunday 17th April, Student Minds and the Cardiff University ‘s Student Support & Wellbeing Service hosted a 5-a-side football tournament
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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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Would you like to become a Wellbeing Champion? We are now recruiting

Posted on 21st March 2016 by

A new and exciting opportunity for students – here we tell you more about becoming a Wellbeing Champion… Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? Interested in the area of wellbeing? If you answered
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Meningitis – What it is and how to identify it

Posted on 9th March 2016 by

Ruth, one of our Nurses in Student Occupational Health, talks more about Meningitis and what to do if you suspect you, or someone you know might be infected…             What is Meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation that
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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 – a students personal account

Posted on 2nd March 2016 by

A personal story of self-harm…  Anonymous Cardiff University student talks about her personal experiences of self-harming behaviour and challenges some tired clichés…    As March is self-harm awareness month I wanted to share my story. I currently study at Cardiff University, and if we got talking somewhere on campus you’d probably think I was a
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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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It’s LGBT+ History Month: this Week ‘T is for Trans’!

Posted on 26th February 2016 by

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month, this week ‘T is for Trans’… Following on from our previous weeks’ blogs in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘L is for Lesbian’, ‘G is for Gay’, ‘B is for Bisexual’), this week’s blog is ‘T is for Trans’…
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted on 25th February 2016 by

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, provides more information about Eating Disorder Awareness Week…  What is an Eating Disorder? An eating disorder can be any one of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa).
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It’s LGBT+ History Month – this week ‘B’ is for Bisexual

Posted on 19th February 2016 by

 Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team talks about LGBT+ History Month – this week ‘B’ is for Bisexual…     Following on from last week’s blog in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘G is for Gay’), this week’s blog is ‘B is for Bisexual’… A number of events have already taken place on campus in
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