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Contact details and apps every student needs

Annie, Student Intern provides you with a directory of numbers and  list of apps for when you are in need of support…

 

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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 yourself, and know who to turn to in certain circumstances. Here we provide details of some key organisations and apps to be aware of when seeking help and support.

 

 Organisations

 

Student Specific

Student Minds: Cardiff: 02920 402 040, TXT: 86463, Email: admin@cardiffmind.org

Students Against Depression

Alliance for Student Led Wellbeing

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness Group)

Nightline: 02920 870555

 

Mental Health

Anxiety UK: 0844775774

OCD UK: 08451203778, Email: support@ocduk.org

BEAT (For men with eating disorders): 08456341414, Youth Helpline: 08456347650, Within South Wales: email: m.bushell@b-eat.co.uk, or call 07837641063

No Panic: 08088080545, email: ceo@nopanic.org.uk

Bipolar UK: 01633244244, email: walesinfo@bipolaruk.org.uk, Contact for Students is : pjackson@bipolaruk.org.uk

 

Abuse, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 08082000247

All Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline: 08088010800

ManKind: 01273 911680, email: admin@mankindcounselling.org.uk

 

Crisis Numbers

Samaritans Cardiff: 02920344022, 116 123, email: jo@samaritans.org, Welsh Language Line: 03001233011

SANEline Crisis: 084577678000

Police: 999, 112

 

Advice Lines

C.A.L.L Helpline: 0800132737, TXT: 81066

CALM (Campaign against Living Miserably): 0800585858

 

Alcohol and Drug Services

EDAS: 03003007000, http://www.e-das.wales.nhs.uk/home

Cardiff Alcohol and Drugs Team: 02920468568

 

LGBT

Mind Out (LGBT): 02920395123, email: mindoutcymru@org.uk

 

Bereavement

CRUSE: 02920226166, email: cardiff@cruse.org.uk

 

The Top Free Wellbeing Apps

 

1. 7 Cups

7 Cups has been around for a while, but the mobile app is relatively new. The app provides trained listeners who are there for you to talk to completely anonymously and confidentially, regarding anything, at the click of a button. The listeners are even rated and reviewed so you can see a listeners rating before you talk to them. In addition the app also provides some exercises and mind tasks to reduce stress and anxiety. Also, if you want to give back, you can train to become a volunteer listener. The best part is, the app is completely free, so why not give it a try.

 

2. HeadSpace

This free app allows you to take part in a daily ten minute guided meditation called ‘Take 10’. You can track your progress throughout the ten-day programme. Even if you are without signal or Wifi, you can take part in your meditation by downloading offline ‘future days’. The app’s explanation of the benefits of meditation and how to go about starting it makes it unique from the others on the market. Recommended for: those that have never tried meditation and struggle to switch off.

 

 3. Mood tracker

A free app allowing you to rate how anxious and depressed you are on a variety of scales. You can also rate general well-being, head injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and stress levels. The app then saves and converts these ratings into a graph to help you track your mood over a certain period. To get an accurate idea of your mood is fluctuating, you can set reminders for you to rate it at the same time each day. Recommended for: someone who is in the process of dealing with their mood already.

 

4. Change4Life Drinks Tracker

It can be so hard to keep track of how many units you have had, especially when you have been pouring them yourself! This is a fantastic free app which allows you to enter what you are drinking so you can calculate how many units
you are consuming. It takes into account your gender and age and also includes advice on how to cut down.

 

 5. Breathe2Relax – Stress Relief 

It can be difficult to calm down when you are stressed or anxious. This app is designed to tailor your breathing (inhaling and exhaling) to your normal rate by asking you to inhale (or exhale) for as long as possible while you hold a button.
After that, you can customise your relaxation with different pictures and music while you are guided when to inhale and exhale. Recommended for: Those that have never tried meditation to relax.

 

6. Happiness Tips

This app is filled with short tips to make you feel happier every day. It is not filled with too much information, just small suggestions for improving mood. You can select certain tips as favourites for later, send them to your friends and
even add your own. Recommended for: those that want to make small changes to improve their wellbeing .

 

 7. Positive Activity Jackpot

This app encourages you to take part in activities that you may not feel like doing in order to alleviate symptoms of depression and self-harming behaviours. You enter in contacts that you wish to attend activities with and the jackpot suggests an activity to do. You can even select ‘search nearby’ to find new activities to take part in.

 

8. MindShift

This app is designed for young adults to help recognise and relieve the symptoms of anxiety. It allows you to rank how you are feeling and gives you information and advice for how to relax. It offers information about social anxiety, perfectionism, panic, conflict and much more.

 

 9. Happier Social Network

Rather than finding people complain about negatives in their life via social networks, this is an online community where you can share positive experiences and happy times with your friends. The trick is to think positively. You can also connect using your Facebook login.

 

10. 101 How to be happy tips

Praised for its simplicity, this app lists 101 tips to make you feel happier today. They are short and easily applicable to everyday life. For example, ‘smell something that makes you happy, such as a candle or your favourite flower’ is a tip to help increase the sensory connection between calmness and happiness to your current situation.

 

Counselling, Health & Wellbeing

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. Whatever it is you need help with please contact us – you can access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a non-bookable, 10-15 minutes appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.

If you are worried about 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

Annie, Student Intern

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