Counselling and Wellbeing
We believe it's crucial that you look after your health and wellbeing to help you make the most of your time here.
If you are experiencing personal, emotional or psychological difficulties—or just interested in living a healthier lifestyle—our health and wellbeing team can help.
We provide a wide range of support, including:
- self help resources
- peer-to-peer support from our student volunteers
- workshops, courses and groups
- wellbeing drop-in sessions
- counselling appointments
- referrals for further specialist support.
Our occupational health team, based at Heath Park Campus, provides support to healthcare students in preparation for their course and placements.
Self help resources
If you prefer to work through any difficulties in your own time, we have an online library that holds a vast array of self-help book titles, workbooks and e-books, as well as a large selection of hard copy titles that you are free to borrow from the Student Support Centre.
On our student intranet, we offer a comprehensive range of self-help materials that cover a wide variety of topics. Here, you'll find things like brochures, podcasts, useful links and our recommended mobile phone apps.
Throughout the year, we organise a range of informative, interactive one-off workshops on various subjects and difficulties commonly faced by students, including self-management and team-working, dealing with worry and presentation anxiety and stress management.
Courses and groups
Our courses and groups create create a safe and confidential space to explore issues, share concerns and develop new skills over the course of several weeks. Topics include mindfulness, developing emotional resilience and ways of coping with stress, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Support from a fellow student
Wellbeing Champions are student volunteers who give information and advice to fellow students on a range of health and wellbeing-related issues. They also periodically hold events at popular locations across campus where you can learn practical ways to improve your wellbeing.
Counselling and wellbeing appointments
As part of our Counselling and Wellbeing service, we can offer appointments in person, over the phone, or via webcam, instant messaging or email.
We also provide a daily drop-in service – that you can attend without making an appointment – where a member of our team will spend 15 minutes giving you advice about the services we offer or selecting self-help materials to take away with you.
We offer a number of exercise referrals in collaboration with Cardiff University Sport, where, if you're eligible, you can receive eight weeks of one-to-one support with a member of the Sport Team.
They'll devise a programme of activities to boost your activity levels and mental wellbeing, as well as schedule weekly check-ins to review your progress and help with your motivation.
Our service can be accessed free of charge by any Cardiff University student.
To learn more about the Counselling and Wellbeing services we offer to our students, please contact: