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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Smartphone Wellbeing: Anxiety Apps

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Placement students Tsvetina Ivanova and Kristian King, discuss anxiety apps and how they can help you… In a modern world everybody relies on their mobile phones for a whole range of activities such as communicating, information gathering or just filling some time while waiting. Given their almost constant presence in our daily routines, they begin
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Campus Culture – what it means and what support is available?

Posted on 21st March 2016 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner talks about the importance of creating a supportive culture at Cardiff University and contributing something positive… The University experience for many of our students will be one to remember and one that shapes their future. Unfortunately, for some students, their experience of University is negatively affected by some aspects of Campus Culture, including: Misogynistic
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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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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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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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What sexual consent means and how it might affect you

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

Amy, our Wellbeing Practitioner talks about the importance of knowing more about sexual consent and how it might affect you… Checking for consent should be an ongoing process in any sexual relationship or encounter as both parties should have the freedom and capacity to choose to participate. The consequences of not getting consent can be devastating
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New Support for LGBT+ Community

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

Jo from our Student Wellbeing Team talks about a new kind of support available for LGBT+ students… February is LGBT+ History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. For more information about LGBT+ History Month, please visit the Student
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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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Does it affect you? It Affects me! Talking about Mental Health

Posted on 25th January 2016 by

Annie, our Student Intern tells us more about #itaffectsme, a new mental health campaign … Talking honestly about mental health for some is still a challenge. There is still a stigma that surrounds mental health and the battle to break this stigma continues. People often feel they can’t talk about their mental health, or if
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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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5 reasons to start Dry January now – tea anyone?

Posted on 13th January 2016 by

Annie, Student Intern tells us more about her experience of dry Jan so far, and why it’s not too late to join in … Stop-tober, Dry Jan, it’s not uncommon for people to pledge they are going to give up something, usually alcohol, for a given period of time. Being a student this was a
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8 tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 15th December 2015 by

It’s that time of the year where you will be revising for your exams, here our Wellbeing Team offer 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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Sometimes what helps your wellbeing isn’t quite what you expect…

Posted on 24th November 2015 by

Rachel Draper, second year psychology student & Wellbeing Champion, blogs on being flexible when managing your wellbeing… When I decided I wanted to write some blogs as part of my wellbeing champion role, this isn’t quite what I imagined my first blog would look like.  As I’m sure many of you can relate to; university
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National Stress Awareness Day – Support for Cardiff students

Posted on 3rd November 2015 by

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about National Stress Awareness Day … Wednesday 4th November is National Stress Awareness Day, the annual celebration of stress education, awareness and advocacy. Every year on the first Wednesday of November we come together to focus on the effects of stress and
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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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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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A tasty Welcome to Wales for Fresher’s

Posted on 17th September 2015 by

We’ve teamed up with Braces Bakery to offer students the chance to take part in our Welcome to Wales Welsh Cake Challenge  …      The Braces vans are heading to the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place   New and returning students are invited to join Student Support & Wellbeing staff at our stand
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8 things to do if you’re worried about a friend

Posted on 22nd June 2015 by

Sarah, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing shares her thoughts on 8 things to do if you’re worried about a friend … When you’re worried about a friend or flatmate’s mental health it can be really difficult to know what to do. But friendship can play a key role in helping someone cope with
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7 ways to avoid loneliness, homesickness and isolation this summer

Posted on 1st June 2015 by

Sarah, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, shares her ideas on staying happy and  avoiding loneliness, homesickness and isolation this summer … While staying in Cardiff over the summer can be an exciting and liberating experience, it may also get a little lonely at times. If you find yourself feeling homesick or isolated, give some of
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Student support events & updates 28 April – 9 May

Posted on 28th April 2015 by

Here’s a brief note of what our teams are up to and the activity they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in over the next two weeks … Whether its exam stress, money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support come and see us! We work with
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