mental health

December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Nichola, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her recommendations on the best apps to support your wellbeing, study and finances… December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when many student houses empty for a couple
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Why you should Chat to a Champion

Posted on 5 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah, one of our Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Online Peer Support and the new Chat to a Champion service. The Chat to a Champion online drop-in launched last week! It’s a great way for us Wellbeing Champions to offer peer support to students over the internet. What I think is so great about it
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 1 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to manage your revision time effectively. It can be really hard to find self-motivation as the exam period gets closer. It requires a great deal of discipline and organisation to revise, especially when the joint demands of different courses or modules become overwhelming. Good planning skills
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Put off Procrastination!

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion, gives her 5 Top Tips for beating procrastination and boosting productivity! Procrastinating is one of the major student vices and we all fall victim. Right now, I’m writing this blog while putting off my primary source analysis… Here are my top tips to help manage and overcome procrastination! 5 Top Tips to
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Chat to a Champion: Online Peer Support

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners, talk about the new online peer support available from Student Wellbeing Champions… ‘Chat to a Champion’ is an opportunity for you to chat online with a fellow student, who has received training in the areas of health and wellbeing, for support and advice about anything you might be struggling with
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Be Suicide-Alert

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, one of the Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Suicide Safety and how to become a Suicide-Alert Helper. Suicide – it’s a difficult topic but we need to drop the stigma and say the word. Suicide can affect anyone. There is no template for who can be suicidal. Be Suicide-Alert I recently attended a four-hour
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Wake up your Wellbeing!

Posted on 20 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about wellbeing and how you can attend a new peer-delivered workshop to enhance your own wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is more than just ‘feeling happy’ – it involves both the mind and the body. Happiness is a part of this, but in a wider sense it
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 16 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, talks about Transgender Awareness Week, 13 – 17 November, and Transgender Day of Remembrance, on 20 November… Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise the  awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues the trans community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place just after Transgender Awareness Week, and is
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Support for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor Brown, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent. This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Find out how our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service could help if you grew up with an alcoholic parent. Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week and the support available here
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Alcohol Awareness Week

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor, Counsellor and Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about alcohol at uni… This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Take some time to find out about drinking safely and the support available at Cardiff University. Find out more about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian here 3 Tips for drinking
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Take the ACTion course

Posted on 2 November 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Eleanor Brown, Student Counsellor, talks about the Take ACTion course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Do you ever find yourself have a debate with your inner voice, perhaps justifying why you have put off that task or activity you planned on doing today or arguing about why you should be doing it when all you
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Benjamin’s Bright SPARK

Posted on 30 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

How Benjamin Land is using Enterprise and SPARK to help young people suffering with mental health issues ‘Prior to university, I had a vision about setting up a retreat centre for mental wellbeing offering a wide variety of activities. I decided to turn thought into action by drawing together a variety of nourishing and supportive activities
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Support for male survivors of sexual violence and rape…

Posted on 29 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Anyone can be affected by sexual violence. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, no matter your age, your sexual orientation, or your gender identity. Men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, experience the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social
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Managing anxiety

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sari, Student Counsellor, talks about the Managing Anxiety course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Sometimes anxiety is a massive nuisance – it stops us from trying new things, undermines our confidence, clutters up our minds so that we can’t think straight.  You might have noticed the anxious ‘voice’ inside you, telling you stories
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Learn to overcome negative thinking

Posted on 18 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Living Life to the Full course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… When you are experiencing stress or going through a difficult time, you may also notice how your thoughts and cognitions are also negatively affected. Imagine walking down the street and seeing a close friend walking past.
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Living with OCD: A poetic insight

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In line with OCD Awareness Week in October, Wellbeing Champion, Emma, shares a personal poem called ‘Quirks’ about her experience with Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Quirks Sitting in a coffee shop talking to your friend You laugh, The big proclamation: ‘I’m so OCD!’ You proceed to explain Your charming oddity, The funniest joke in the
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3 Tips for Looking after your Mental Health

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion for the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about why mental health matters… Why do we prioritise physical ailments over mental illness? Just because you can’t see an illness doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mental health and self-care is so important within today’s modern stressful society. When it all gets too much and
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about National Coming Out Day on 11th October… From birth, most of us are raised to think of ourselves as fitting into a certain mould. Our culture and our families teach us that we are ‘supposed to’ be attracted to people of a different sex, and
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Mind your Head

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Health and Wellbeing Team talks about World Mental Health Day and gives advice on maintaining your mental health whilst at university. World Mental Health Day is on Tuesday 10 October and all week at Cardiff University we are promoting awareness of mental health through ‘Mind Your Head Week’ organised by your VP
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Feeling homesick? Here are some tips to help

Posted on 6 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, from our Counselling, Health & Team, talks about dealing with homesickness. The transition for students when starting university can be smooth for some and really tough for others. It’s not surprising that some students find the change difficult. Some will also have the added challenge of missing home or struggling with adapting to a new
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Meet Paula, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 4 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available… My name is Paula Barker and I’m the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Graduate Centre (3rd floor)
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Student Veterans’ Meet Up

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the first Student Veterans’ Meet Up of the term. Have you served or are you serving in the British Armed Forces? We would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veteran’s Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other and talk
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Tips for settling in

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Term time has officially begun! Student Intern, Sophie, has some top tips for managing the pressures of a new academic year. Some students have been counting down the minutes until uni starts back, but others might be a little nervous.  It can be difficult to leave home after a summer spent with family and old
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I downloaded the WhatsUp App… An honest review.

Posted on 30 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University Student Support are trialling the new WhatsUp? App for 6 months and would love your feedback on it, so now is the time to manage your wellbeing! What is the WhatsUp? App…? University can be a daunting experience, moving away from home to live independently can be a lot to get used to
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WhatsUp? App – A blog by Vincent Pericard…

Posted on 17 August 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

The WhatsUp? App is a wellbeing phone app offering 24/7 safeguarding, wellbeing and emotional health support. Features include: Rate your mood Ask a question Personal journal Inspirational notifications Raise a concern for someone SOS button links to urgent support, and during out of hours links to the Samaritans Bilingual: some of the app has been
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Would you like to become a Student Wellbeing Champion? We are now recruiting volunteers!

Posted on 7 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about how you can become a Student Wellbeing Champion… Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A caring person? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? If you answered yes to any of
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Transitioning from University: Coping with change

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Wellbeing Champion, Tsvetina, shares some guidance for those moving back home for the summer and those leaving University altogether… It’s that time of the year again and everyone is packing away to go home. Going back to see your family can be an exciting and heartwarming experience, but it involves a transition which may not
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Gwasanaeth Cwnsela a Lles yn yr iaith Gymraeg / Counselling and Wellbeing service through the Welsh language

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Mae Gwenan, Ymarferydd Cwnsela a Lles dwyieithog, yn rhannu gwybodaeth am y gwasanaethau Cwnsela a Lles sydd ar gael yn yr iaith Gymraeg. Mae dros hanner poblogaeth y byd yn siarad mwy nag un iaith*. Felly mae’n hollol naturiol i lawer o bobl allu cyfathrebu mewn mwy na un iaith. Rydym yn byw ym mhrifddinas
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Wellness beyond University

Posted on 20 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about support outside of University and how to look after your wellbeing when you have finished. The dreaded dissertation is done, exams are but a distant memory and suddenly you’re thrown out into the ‘real world.’ Whether you’re remaining in Cardiff, moving back home or
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Celebrating Armed Forces Day and supporting our student veterans

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about the dedicated support available to student veterans… Armed Forces Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the men and women in the armed forces who are currently, or have previously served, as well as their families and
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Top tips for getting your funding right for your placement year

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what students need to do to apply for their placement year funding … It’s that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are on a sandwich course, the application this time will be slightly different because next academic year you will be
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Online support all year round

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team reassures and encourages students to utilise the online support available all year round. People say accessing support is the first big step that you take when you want to cope with a problem and there is no wonder why some of us may find that first step
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Boost your self-love and wellbeing with these body image apps

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina, placement student with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, shares some of the best body image apps to boost your self-love and wellbeing. With summer approaching a lot of us will become more conscious of our bodies than usual. The hype surrounding getting a ‘summer body’ is only one of the triggers that can
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Surf your way to better Wellbeing

Posted on 24 May 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Do you fancy learning surfing in a friendly environment this summer? Do you want to boost your wellbeing and gain more confidence? The Wave Project may be just for you… What is The Wave Project? The Wave project is a charity that was started in 2010 as a voluntary group funded by the National Health
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Seeking help for self-harm or supporting someone who self-harms

Posted on 16 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team discusses self-harm and the help resources available. As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are self-harming. We acknowledge that this is a coping strategy for many students and something that can be difficult to change. This blog will summarise some
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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in May

Posted on 2 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout May… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops
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4 great apps to build your confidence…

Posted on 2 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Try out one of these apps, recommended by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team to help you build your confidence.   Have you ever wondered what could’ve happened if your shyness or fear of rejection had not gotten in the way? Do you sometimes wish you could believe in yourself no matter what people say
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner & Counsellor from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team, talks about creating a Suicide-Safer University.  Find out how you can become a Suicide-Alert Helper and learn the skills to identify and support any person who may be having thoughts of suicide… Suicide is one of the most serious issues all universities face,
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Celebrate University Mental Health Day with us!

Posted on 27 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, tells us all about University Mental Health Day. Thursday 2nd March is University Mental Health Day!  University Mental Health Day is a national initiative started by Student Minds, designed to raise awareness about mental health on campuses across the UK.   Get Active This year the focus is
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Make a difference – become a Wellbeing Champion

Posted on 3 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina, tells us more about how you can make a difference to our university community, by becoming a Wellbeing Champion… University can be a challenge for many students and it is no secret that it sometimes causes us excessive stress and headaches. Sometimes stressful situations are considered to be a normal part of our university experience.
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1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem – It’s Time to Talk Day 2 February 2017, join the conversation!

Posted on 1 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor and Tsvetina, Placement Student, from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team tell us more about the importance of getting people talking about mental health…   At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. How we act, talk and react can
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Deadly Silence: Men and Mental Health

Posted on 13 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about men’s mental health and Time to Change… Mental health stigma affects all people differently and this stigma is particularly unique for men. So, why is it hard for men to talk about mental health problems?
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8 Signs of a Psychologically Abusive Relationship

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, student Wellbeing Champion, discusses signs of a psychologically abusive relationship. Are you in a happy and healthy relationship? Having a partner is supposed to make feel you happy and secure. If you don’t feel this way, then there may be problems you need to recognise. If you don’t feel secure, comfortable and loved, perhaps
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Have you registered with a Doctor yet?

Posted on 11 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Victoria, tells us more about the health service available for staff and students at Cardiff University…   Did you know that there is a health surgery right next to the Students’ Union? Park Place Surgery is a branch of Roath House Surgery (100 Penylan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff) but resides on our
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Relationship goals

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Natalie, discusses the real relationship goals… We’ve all seen the hilarious ‘relationship goals’ memes – if you haven’t, a sneaky chortle or two is just a google search away. However, it’s not all hearts and rainbows (or mutual love of a games console, food ect). Perhaps the only real relationship goal is to be in
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Smartphone Wellbeing: Anxiety Apps

Posted on 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Placement students Tsvetina Ivanova and Kristian King, discuss anxiety apps and how they can help you… In a modern world everybody relies on their mobile phones for a whole range of activities such as communicating, information gathering or just filling some time while waiting. Given their almost constant presence in our daily routines, they begin
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Struggling to settle in at Uni, experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness? Help is available

Posted on 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Long-term Group Work sessions offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. We all need a little support and guidance when things become tough. It may be that you are struggling to settle in, or are experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team at Cardiff
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Bad thoughts spotter: Do you have unhelpful thinking habits?

Posted on 23 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses 9 types of unhelpful thinking habits that may negatively affect the way we think. The way we think has a big impact on our mood and behaviour. Have you recently felt that your mood and the way you act are impacted by irrational negative thoughts? Sometimes, our mind performs a trick and convinces us
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Mindfulness and how it can help you

Posted on 20 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Mindfulness course offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. There are misconceptions of mindfulness as being religious or solely based on meditation. However, there are so many different ways in which you can practise mindfulness such as walking, sitting, eating or doing breathing exercises. Our Mindfulness sessions are all about
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