Student Mental Health

Gwasanaeth Cwnsela a Lles yn yr iaith Gymraeg / Counselling and Wellbeing service through the Welsh language

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Mae Gwenan, Ymarferydd Cwnsela a Lles dwyieithog, yn rhannu gwybodaeth am y gwasanaethau Cwnsela a Lles sydd ar gael yn yr iaith Gymraeg. Mae dros hanner poblogaeth y byd yn siarad mwy nag un iaith*. Felly mae’n hollol naturiol i lawer o bobl allu cyfathrebu mewn mwy na un iaith. Rydym yn byw ym mhrifddinas
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Wellness beyond University

Posted on 20 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about support outside of University and how to look after your wellbeing when you have finished. The dreaded dissertation is done, exams are but a distant memory and suddenly you’re thrown out into the ‘real world.’ Whether you’re remaining in Cardiff, moving back home or
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Disability and Dyslexia support for postgraduate study

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jemma, from the Disability and Dyslexia Team, shares information on the support available for postgraduate study for those with a specific learning difficulty, mental health issue, or long term medical condition…  If your exams are over and you can almost feel the cap on your head, well done! I’m sure that all of your hard
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Celebrating Armed Forces Day and supporting our student veterans

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 and
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Boost your self-love and wellbeing with these body image apps

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina, placement student with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, shares some of the best body image apps to boost your self-love and wellbeing. With summer approaching a lot of us will become more conscious of our bodies than usual. The hype surrounding getting a ‘summer body’ is only one of the triggers that can
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Celebrating our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors

Posted on 24 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 24 May 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 16 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 2 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 2 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 say
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in April

Posted on 3 April 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout April… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face.
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Take a moment to be mindful – recommended Apps

Posted on 9 March 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 6 March 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 3 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 13 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 17 November 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

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 16 November 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

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 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 31 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 18 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 26 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 23 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 5 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 12 August 2016 by Your student life, supported

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 5 May 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

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 27 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 21 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 29 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 29 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

  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 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 17 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 22 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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