Health and Wellbeing, New Students

Supporting Veterans – Push up and raise awareness with us

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, discusses the #22Pushups Challenge to raise awareness about the issues affecting Veterans and to pledge our support…

We are aware that there are Student Veterans studying at Cardiff University and we want to show our support for veterans here and all around the world by getting involved in the #22Pushups Challenge, started by the global movement #22Kill.

22 Push ups


#22KILL are a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support. Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 US veterans are killed by suicide every day. Furthermore, suicide is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK.

#22KILL is a platform to raise awareness not just towards veteran suicide, but also to the issues that can lead them to suicide. These mental health issues can stem from Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, or the struggles and stresses of transitioning from military to civilian life.


#22Pushups Challenge – How to Get Involved…

Join us in completing the #22Pushups Challenge – 22 push-ups in 22 days to help reach 22KILL’s goal of 22 million pushups worldwide. Every pushup counts so if you feel that 22 is too many, do as many or as few pushups as you can!

Make a video of your #22Pushups Challenge with an introduction stating:

  • Your NAME
  • WHY are you pushing or WHO are you are pushing for?

Upload a public post onto Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube and use a # for how many pushups you’ve done, so if you did 5 pushups you would enter:  “#5pushups for #22KILL” and if you did 22 pushups it would enter: “#22pushups for #22KILL”

Share your videos with us or tag us @StudentLifeCU on social media! You can do this by using the share buttons or via twitter and Facebook


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 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 the 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, Justin, from Student Support’s Disability and Dyslexia Service, is a Veteran. If you are a Student Veteran with a long term 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 Veteran studying at Cardiff University?

We are currently working to identify how many Veterans are studying at University so that we can tailor this project to the needs of students. We are really interested to hear from you if you are a Veteran or if you are a close family member of a Veteran. 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


Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing

If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 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, in which our friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. We also offer 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 a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options, at:


Your feedback and help please

Have you found this blog post useful?  Please help us by commenting in the comments bar below, and if there is anything further you’d like to know ask your questions there too.

We’d also be grateful if you can share this information by re-tweeting or sharing with your fellow students who may find this useful – you can do this by using the share buttons or via twitter and Facebook.


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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