Health and Wellbeing

Rethink Remembrance

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service and dedicated contact for Student Veterans, talks about Remembrance.

On Friday 11th November at 11am, we ask students and staff to take a moment to show your support for the veterans of our country. Please put down your phone, stop what you’re doing and reflect for two minutes in silence.

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Please join us in a two-minute silence to remember our Armed Forces’ Veterans

Every year, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month, a two-minute silence is held to remember and honour those who served in the war to protect our freedom.

All students and staff are invited to join guests and former students at 10.55 for the Act of Remembrance in the Viriamu Jones Gallery, Main Building to honour staff and students who have given their lives in the service of their country during the World Wars and other times of conflict.

Rethinking Remembrance

This year, the Royal British Legion are asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, Royal British Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

Last year a variety of famous faces in the UK came together to back a campaign encouraging people to observe the Two Minute Silence.

Celebrities from the world of television, sport and music are filmed holding poppies to their lips while standing in silence.


Watch the video ahead of the silence at 11am on Remembrance Day


Support for Student Veterans at Cardiff University

Student Support’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service have set up a Veterans Project to ensure that Student Veterans receive the best support throughout University and are not discriminated or disadvantaged in any way.


I’m Rachel, the dedicated member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for Student Veterans. My name is Rachel Whitmore and I’m based in the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place, Cathays and on a Wednesday I am based at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.  My role is to work with Student Veterans to understand their individual needs, and provide you with information about financial, housing and emotional support we may be able to offer you.

If you are a Student Veteran and would like to receive counselling from one of our counsellors who has worked with Veterans or attended training on supporting Veterans, please let us know and we can accommodate this for you. We also work closely with Veterans’ NHS Wales and can support you with a referral to their services if required.


One of our Mental Health Advisors, from Student Support’s Disability and Dyslexia Service, is a Veteran. If you are a Student Veteran with a long term physical or mental health condition which is affecting your functioning at university and you would prefer to speak with a Veteran about practical support options, please let us know and we can accommodate this for you.


Are you a Forces’ Veteran studying at Cardiff University?

If you are a current or ex-serviceman or woman, or if your parents have served in the Armed Forces, we would like to hear from you. We are interested in your views on how the University can best support ex-forces students and family members.

Please click on the link below to complete our quick and anonymous survey to let us know how we can best support you at University:

Veterans Survey

For more information about Remembrance Day please visit the Royal British Legion website.


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:

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,

Rachel, 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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