Student Mental Health

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Connect, communicate and care this World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on 5th September 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2016   The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect
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Top exam tips to help keep you on track

Posted on 12th August 2016 by

Dylan, Student Intern, shares some great exam tips from our Disability & Dyslexia Team  relevant to all students… With exam resits fast approaching I felt it timely to share some tips from the team. We hope you will find these tips useful and please share your tips with us by commenting on this blog post or via twitter or
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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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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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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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Things not going to plan with your studies? Struggling to cope and thinking of taking time out? You are not alone, help is at hand

Posted on 29th February 2016 by

Please see our latest advice in our new blog post ‘Are you struggling to cope, thinking of taking time out , have been unwell or something has affected your studies?’   Tania from our Advice and Money Team helps explain what you need to consider if you are thinking of taking time out of your course
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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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Money on your mind? Money worries and mental health

Posted on 9th February 2016 by

Hannah from Advice & Money  and Amy from Student Wellbeing have teamed up to tells us more about money worries and mental health… This year’s theme for National Student Money Week is Money and Mental Health. If you don’t already know, mood can really be affected by money worries and in some cases specific mental health conditions
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It’s National Student Money Week – free financial advice at Cardiff Uni

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

  Hannah from our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Student Money Week 2016 – Students, Money and Mental Health Today marks the start of the sixth National Student Money Week (NSMW) run by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). The Advice & Money Team, the Wellbeing Team and the Students’ Union
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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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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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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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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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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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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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