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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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Exams and your tier 4 visa

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost upon us and I’m sure that all our students have been hard at work! With good preparation and sound study, hopefully everyone will get the results that they are hoping for. However, things don’t always go quite to
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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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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in April

Posted on 3rd April 2017 by

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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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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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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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 12th December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her tips on the best apps on the market to help you get through the month of December … December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when student
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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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Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget

Posted on 7th September 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her pick of Cardiff’s best budget-friendly locations… New to Cardiff? Or a golden oldie in your third year? If you’re a new student, exploring your new home can help you feel more settled – and no matter how long you’ve been here, can you really say that you’ve seen all
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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Make your own Wellbeing Shoe Box

Posted on 14th January 2016 by

Annie and Bel, Student Interns, tell us more about the upcoming wellbeing shoe box making event, and why you should join in …     What is a wellbeing shoe box? A recent wellbeing craze that seems to be catching on is the idea of a wellbeing shoe box. The idea behind this, is that
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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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3 top tips for eating healthy on a budget

Posted on 14th October 2015 by

Annie, Student Intern in our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team offers her tips for eating healthy on a budget …   Eating healthily at university can seem like an impossible task, and many students may get frustrated at the prospect of sloping round the supermarket looking for overpriced ingredients when they can throw a pizza in the
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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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Student events to help support and develop you, 2nd-13th March

Posted on 2nd March 2015 by

Fortnightly Roundup of  Student Support & Wellbeing’s events and activity, by Marketing Manager Katrina Taylor …   We’ve had a busy start to the spring and seen hundreds of students at the Student Support Centre and at our events and there’s more to come throughout March. From Monday 2nd to Friday 13th here’s what we have
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Estranged from your family this Christmas?

Posted on 17th December 2014 by

The Christmas period can be challenging for people who have become estranged from their families.  You could risk feeling lonely and isolated if you stay in your halls of residence or on your own in your student home. Here Einir Evans from Advice & Money shares her tips to prevent becoming lonely at Christmas time:
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Christmas at Uni Survival Guide Part 2 – Combatting Homesickness

Posted on 9th December 2014 by

Being at university during the Christmas holiday can be hard so Counselling, Health and Wellbeing have created a series of blog posts to help you get rid of your winter blues and make the festive season a time of fun, relaxation and good memories …     Part 2. Combatting Homesickness Being at uni over the
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Let’s talk about something we don’t talk about

Posted on 19th November 2014 by

John Cowley, Head of Counselling Health & Wellbeing at Cardiff University tells us more about The Student Sex Work Project and the support available to Cardiff students …   You may have seen a stall during Fresher’s week belonging to The Student Sex Work Project; here I’d like to tell you a little more about
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Enhancing Your Wellbeing as a Cardiff Student

Posted on 2nd October 2014 by

Jo Pinder from the Student Wellbeing Team introduces the many ways they aim to help enhance your wellbeing as a Cardiff student … Earlier this year, the Student Wellbeing Team was appointed by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Division to offer a new strand of support for students across the University. 
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