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Time to Talk Day 2023

University can sometimes feel isolating and talking about your mental health isn’t always easy. Time to Talk day, run by MIND and Rethink Mental Illness , is “the nation’s biggest mental health conversation" and day for us all to prioritise talking about Mental Health. This Time to Talk Day, we wanted to make you aware of the key mental health support and resources that are available for you from ARU and ARU College.

Support available from ARU

  1. Wellbeing Workshops

ARU provide Wellbeing Workshops for all students, some of which are delivered online and some in person at the Cambridge Good Mood Café. ARU have a wide-range of webinars available throughout the month, such as “Mindfulness: a gentle way of coping with stress”, “Loss, grief and change”, and “How to set healthy boundaries”.

  1. Counselling Services

The Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to all ARU students and offers a free and confidential service to promote mental health and wellbeing. You can talk in confidence to a professional counsellor, a mental health adviser or a wellbeing adviser about any personal or university-related issues that are worrying you.

  1. Talk to a wellbeing adviser

Want someone to talk to? Use these contact details and ask to speak to a Wellbeing Adviser (available Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 4.30pm)

Call 01245686700

  1. SU advice service

The Students’ Union Advice Service can support you with several things, including Alcohol and drugs, Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Illness and Injury, Mental Health, Pregnancy, Relationship Advice, and Sexual Health. They can also provide students with Foodbank vouchers on Cambridge campus and Foodbank parcels on Chelmsford campus.


Additional support available from ARU College

Dedicated Student Services Team

The Student Services team are on hand to offer support with assignments, attendance monitoring, disability support, English language support, learning support, orientation programmes, registration with ARU and ARU College, social and sporting activities, student welfare, study skills training and 24/7 emergency assistance.

Well-being Sessions

As well as support from ARU, students of ARU College are offered well-being drop in sessions with Dr Paul Pattison. Dr Pattison runs the sessions with an open mind and an open ear, giving students the opportunity to discuss any issues or thoughts they may be having – no problem is too small or too serious in these sessions.

The Compass Programme

At ARU College, we run The Compass Programme which provides holistic support for students who may be considered vulnerable. This could be due to age, mental/physical health, additional learning needs, a disability and/or other barriers to learning. On the programme, students are assigned to a member of the college team who will check-in and help you access relevant services for your needs.


Further tips on talking about mental health can be found here.

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