Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the different events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing for students…
Are you experiencing stress, distress or feeling like it is difficult to cope?
Wellbeing Walk In Service
A Wellbeing Walk-In Service is available at the Student Support Centre. Drop-in sessions, which you don’t need to book, are a good way to speak to a counsellor and to get valuable advice and directions on what you should do next to get help for what you are going through. A drop-in session is also a 10-15 minute meeting with the aim of giving you information about the support you can receive, signposting and directing you on what to do next.
Wellbeing Walk In Service: Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm (50 Park Place), Wednesday 9:30-10:15am (50 Park Place), Wednesday 3-3:45pm (Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus)
There are also other resources which may be suitable and useful to you.
Workshops that could help you
The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service have created a number of workshops to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops are also a way to get information, strategies to overcome your difficulties. They can help you to feel less isolated – as they bring together students experiencing similar problems. Here are some of the workshops you can attend.
To find out more about any of our workshops or book your place, click here.
Finding your Feet
This workshop aims to tackle the adverse effects of homesickness. Homesickness is a problem many students may face, where individuals struggle with the transition from their home life to university, resulting in an increase in depressed feelings and anxiety, some students may feel that university life is not for them and consider leaving to go back home to what is familiar and secure. The finding your feet workshop will help students to understand what homesickness is and to provide tips and strategies on how to deal with these feelings, helping them to remain happier at university.
Start date: Monday 10 October
This workshop focuses on improving general wellbeing and boosting self-esteem through different means. Many of us will find that we are our own worst critic, the Wannabe Well workshop will help us in dealing with our own automatic negative thoughts and enable us to develop a kinder attitude towards ourselves. While we are critical of ourselves, we may also be critical of those around us. Wannabe Well will also aid in dealing with the criticisms we receive from others, building up resilience to the world around us. In order to maintain a healthy wellbeing and self-esteem, you will be guided on developing interpersonal skills and improving interaction with others.
Start date: 11 October
Dealing with Worry
Feelings of worry are a necessity in life, they help motivate us to complete tasks and achieve goals with sometimes improved performance. However excessive worrying can lead to avoiding important tasks or underperforming. The Dealing with Worry workshop will try to help reduce worrying by employing strategies to manage worrying thoughts and feelings. You will educated on what leads to and maintains worry and by finding solutions to over worrying you may increase your employability through: coping with the pressures of deadlines, better time management and managing workplace stress.
Start date: 12 October
Dealing with Presentation Anxieties
During the academic side of university life, many of us will be asked to do presentations on course relevant topics. This is a daunting task for most students, who may feel anxious to present in front of their class. Some may have little or no experience in delivering a presentation to a group. The Dealing with Presentation Anxieties workshop will provide students with tips and strategies on delivering a presentation, with a focus on gaining control and reducing the anxieties that could potentially reduce the quality of the presentation.
Start date: 18 October
Students will know all too well the stress that studying can involve. This two-hour workshop will help you revitalise, re-focus and relax. It includes mindfulness practice, desk asanas (yoga moves you can do at your desk) and well-being skills based on yogic philosophy. Lycra and yoga mats are not required! You could also enhance your employability by learning yoga-inspired stress-management and workplace well-being skills.
Start date: 19 October
Feel Good Factor
The aim of this workshop is to help you to develop skills and techniques that will enhance your self-esteem and increase your confidence. It will to teach you how to tackle self-criticism, and negative automatic thoughts. It will help you to develop a kinder attitude towards yourself and to think in a more balanced way. You will learn how to manage interpersonal relationships more effectively by developing self-awareness, and communicating more assertively. This workshop will encourage you to think about your general health and well-being, and suggest simple tips that will enable you to look after yourself. The workshop can support you in developing good interpersonal skills, teamwork and self-awareness, all of which are highly valued competencies in the workplace environment.
Start date: 20 October
Courses that could help you
In addition to workshops, we also offer supportive courses that run over a number of weeks. Course sessions offer the opportunity to receive information, strategies and you can also talk about your experiences – sharing as much or as little as you like. Our courses provide a safe and confidential space in which to explore and tackle problems.
To find out more about any of our courses or book your place, click here.
The course is a peer support meeting that happens every month. Student Wellbeing Champions who have received basic health and wellbeing training will run the sessions. Here we provide students with a great environment for them to discuss the issues they face in a safe space with many others who have experienced similar or varied issues. By discussing problems and concerns with peers, you can understand how to cope more effectively using each other as resources and support. Everything is confidential, and you can share as little or as much as you like.
The session will be split into 3, 30 minute segments:
1: Focus on developing wellbeing strategies
2: Talk to each group member on how their week has been
3: Provide peer support through informal chatting
Living Life to the Full
This course is for anyone who is experiencing stress or distress as well as those experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and low moods. In times of distress, we may notice that we are having more unhelping thinking and behaviour. The sessions meet once a week for 2 hours with 8-12 other Cardiff University students. The programme focuses on watching your thoughts, identifying any negative ways of thinking and changing them accordingly. The course also aims to help us understand why we feel the way that we do, recognizing and challenging your thoughts, so that you are able to tackle that issues in your daily life. You can find out more of what to expect in our Living Life to the Full blog.
Start date: 18 October
Developing emotional resilience: Stronger Day by Day
This course focuses on helping you cope with difficult times, overcoming adversity and boosting emotional resilience. It is for anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, exam pressure, family and relationship problems all the way up to overcoming a traumatic experience. The course meets once a week for 7 weeks with 10-12 other Cardiff university students. Each session explores various coping strategies to help you be more assertive and turn a bad experience into empowerment. You can find our more of what to expect in our Stronger Day by Day blog.
Start date: 26 October
When we are experiencing stress or distress, we may be caught in a cycle of negative thoughts and or a distorted way of seeing. Mindfulness allows you to learn to observe your thoughts and accept them for what they are: simply thoughts. Mindfulness is focused on living life to the full in the present, thinking less about the past and worrying less about the future. The course runs for 4 weeks, once a week with 6-10 students, each week practicing different activities such as relaxation techniques, body scans and mindful eating. There are also drop-in workshops available, if you do not want to commit to the 4-week programme.
Start date: 2 November
Long Term Group Course
This is a course for students who are experiencing emotional difficulties and would like extra support on an ongoing basis. Being in a group setting, you will get the opportunity to learn from others, listen to different perspectives on similar challenges you are going through, and see how others are coping. The sessions are open for you to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences, but there is no pressure if you do not feel comfortable. You have the option of observing or actively engaging. After all, the group is set up to support and help you get through these tough times, so it is completely up to you and whatever you feel is going to help you the most.
Start date: 9 November
Many people have found that their quality of life can be improved, and their suffering reduced, by using ideas and strategies taken from a Therapy called “ACT” – which stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ACT can help you to reduce the suffering you’re experiencing and to get much more out of your life by understanding more about how your mind works and by following two main principles: Accept the things you can’t control, and: Make a commitment to do what you can to improve your life. The course also introduces “mindfulness” and assists you in clarifying what you value most in life and setting goals based upon these. You will learn new ideas by listening and taking part in simple activities during the sessions, and discussions if you feel comfortable to do so.
Start date: to be confirmed (Check here for updates)
Other groups you may be interested in
Eating Disorder Support Group
TALK is a programme based on relationship violence which works across different universities in the vale of Glamorgan. It is independent of Cardiff University, but provides confidential support and advice for those suffering unhealthy relationships or domestic violence. If you are not happy in your relationship and you would like support, whether you are the victim, abuser or even a worried friend, their services may be useful.
Contact details: Call 01446744755, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or… Speak to a Wellbeing Champion
Wellbeing champions are students who are here to support you and listen to you with a peer ear. They are able to signpost you to any help available, as well as just listening without any judgement and providing information on a range of wellbeing-related issues. You can find Wellbeing Champions at various events across the university, or wearing bright blue T-shirts that can be easily spotted around the campus. Don’t hesitate to approach them, as they are here to support and listen to you.
Contacting Counselling Health and Wellbeing
If you are struggling to improve your wellbeing, 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:
- Counselling and Wellbeing Appointments
- Face to Face, Online or Telephone
- Wellbeing Walk-in: Drop-in Service running Monday to Friday
- Wellbeing Workshops
- Therapeutic Groups
- Wellbeing Champion Support
- Self-help resources
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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