Health and Wellbeing

What has the potential to make students more vulnerable to emotional and mental distress? Please help with our research

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about the importance of supporting students who are vulnerable…

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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 to University, fitting in or any other kind of personal problem. A factor that can determine whether or not a student is going to struggle at University or whether they are going to experience emotional and mental distress is their Vulnerability.


What do we mean by Vulnerability?

The World Health Organisation produced a report on Risks to Mental Health (2012) where they highlight how an extensive range of factors can leave someone more vulnerable to developing a mental health problem or to experiencing mental distress. One definition of Vulnerability is: Throughout our life we are exposed to all kinds of situations and incidents. Some of these increase ones vulnerability. This means that one may find it emotionally difficult to handle a variety of situations in life. Our coping skills have either been diminished and/or have not been given the chance to develop.


We would like your help to further our understanding

Cardiff University Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team want to understand more about what has the potential to make students more vulnerable to experiencing emotional and mental distress, especially as this can impact on your academic work, your ability to stay in University and your overall student experience. For this reason we would really appreciate you taking the time to complete our short Student Vulnerability Survey.


Interested? You could win Amazon Vouchers!

Everyone completing our survey can opt in to our free prize draw to win Amazon Vouchers. The Student Vulnerability Survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and please be assured that all responses are strictly confidential and you will not be contacted by the Student Support Team.

We will be using all information gathered to adjust the way we work at Student Support and to form new ideas about the best ways in which we can support students who are vulnerable.


We want to ensure that all students are supported to reach their potential and to achieve their goals.
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Contacting Counselling Health & Wellbeing

If you are experiencing any emotional or mental distress and are thinking about getting some support then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We have friendly and approachable staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space.

Please know that the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small. We offer booked appointments via our online referral questionnaire, plus a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place; and Wednesday afternoons 3pm-3.45pm at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus).

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 GP please contact Park Place Surgery.


Best wishes
Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team

Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.


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