Health and Wellbeing, Mental health

Time to Change

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 problem.

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It’s Time to Change

Too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless as a result of their mental health problems. Fear of negative reactions to their mental illness stops 32% of young people with a mental health problem from even applying for further education.

We all have a part to play in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and in making it easier for those with mental health problems to make friends, work and lead a full life.

Cardiff University has teamed up with Time to Change, a growing movement of people working to change how we all think and act when it comes to mental health.

We want any student with a mental health problem to be free of fear and to have equal opportunities in all areas of life. We want to end stigma and discrimination, and to encourage students to talk about their concerns to one another as part of a supportive University community.

Simply talking about mental health problems can help strengthen relationships, aid recovery and challenge the stigmatising stereotypes that surround mental illness. It can also help to break down some of the common stereotypes that exist and take the taboo out of something that can affect us all.

 

Step Up to End Stigma! Join the Student Working Group

We want to hear from you about your experiences and ideas about what needs to happen to end stigma on campus.

Jo, a Counsellor from the Student Wellbeing Team, will be facilitating a ‘Time to Change Student Working Group’, gathering together a group of students to ask for your views on ways to reduce stigma, to improve understanding of ‘mental health’ and to empower individuals.

 

Will you join us in the fight to end mental health stigma?

For more information, or if you are interested in being part of this group, please email Jo at wellbeingchampion@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 30th September.

 

Everyone’s attitude makes a difference.

Your attitude makes a difference.

 

Contact us in Counselling, Health and Wellbeing

If you are struggling to settle in to your Studies and Student Life, please know Cardiff University Support Services are here for you – there is no problem too big or too small and we would be happy to provide you with some support. We offer a range of flexible support options including:

Bookable appointments are available via our online referral questionnaire. We also offer a Wellbeing Walk-In Service, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 3.45pm and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.15am, at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.  We also hold a walk-in service at our Student Support Centre in Cardigan House at the Heath, on Wednesday afternoons 3pm to 3.45pm.

 Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.

If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a peer ear and give you basic health and wellbeing advice. If you would like to see our Champions in action, check out their video.

If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.

 

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Best Wishes,

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner.

 

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