As Cambridge continues to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, it has never been more important to look after ourselves and others.
Each of us has had, and will continue to have, different experiences of the pandemic. And for many, those experiences are challenging and stressful. We must be alert to this and respectful of people who may have particular vulnerabilities.
To ensure that our people and community continue to thrive, each one of us has a responsibility to:
- Keep up to date with public health guidance and follow it at all times
- Behave in a way that minimises the risk of infection
- Treat each other with dignity and respect
A message from our Heads of Student Wellbeing and Counselling:
The current times are extraordinary, and many of us are worried about the uncertainties that we are facing. If you are worried about the future you are not alone. While there are many things that are out of our control, try and reach out to other people and stay connected. We know it can be hard to prioritise your wellbeing, but it is even more important than ever at the moment. Do try and spend some time thinking about what strategies might help you and how the University and your college can support you.
Everyone at the University and in your college wants you to have a good experience here despite this year’s challenges, and we are committed to supporting you. So if things get hard to manage, do talk to people in your college and outside and tell welfare staff if you are struggling. There are many of us here to help you, from other students who are trained supporters, to tutors, mentors, college nurses, counsellors and local doctors and healthcare agencies, as well as online resources.
You will find more information at the links below and on the University counselling website, including self-help information.
Do take good care of yourself.
Geraldine Dufour, Head of Counselling
Natalie Acton, Head of Student Wellbeing
Help and support available
The student wellbeing pages have lots of information about support available in your College and from University services. It has sections on particular issues you may face and includes – though is not limited to – healthcare support and mental health support.
The student counselling service is staffed by a team of trained and accredited counsellors and therapists. The counsellors are all experienced in helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of personal and work-related issues. We have BME counsellors, mental health advisors, and also a Sexual Assault and Harassment Officer available to support you. This video guide explains what the service offers. The counselling service has put together information for support during the Covid-19 outbreak.
In addition to the provision offered by the University Counselling Service, Cambridge students can now access free online support with Togetherall. This provides access to a 24/7 online global community wherever you are. Togetherall provides a safe space online to share your thoughts, get creative, and to access resources and courses to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing.
University of Cambridge students can access wellbeing support being offered by CPSL Mind. They are facilitating Good Mood Cafes and Open Door calm spaces online each week for students studying in Cambridge. These sessions are aimed at supporting Cambridge students to build connections with other students, learn self-help techniques and connect to personal strengths.
You can also sign up for Mentally Healthy Universities, a new pilot programme of mental health and workplace wellbeing sessions.
The Students' Unions' Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all Cambridge University students. In addition to face to face appointments, they can communicate with you by email, phone or Skype.
You can find information on support for students in financial hardship on our webpages.
Staff can access this page of resources to help manage their mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak, including online support, financial hardship schemes and official advice.