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Wellbeing services

We offer a range of health and wellbeing services including:

An online support service

Silver Cloud HealthSilverCloud is a new online support service which will help you with your wellbeing while you are a student at Kingston University.

There are four programmes available for you to choose from, which focus on:

  • Managing anxiety
  • Managing depression
  • Body and self image
  • Managing stress

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You can access and work through the programmes in your own time, either with the support of a wellbeing practitioner, or as a 'self help' non-supported option. Each programme can take up to eight weeks.

The programmes are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is an effective way of learning about thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and how they influence each other. It can help you understand the way you react and respond in certain situations and work towards a goal for positive change. Each programme aims to support the learning of new coping techniques, develop self awareness, challenge negative thoughts and improve mood.

Contact us (call 020 8417 2172 or email health@kingston.ac.uk) to find out more about the programmes. Alternatively you are welcome to attend one of our daily drop-in sessions where we can refer you to the most appropriate programme for your needs.

Focused counselling

We offer brief focused counselling, between 8–10 sessions each lasting up to 50 minutes. Our wellbeing practitioners use a variety of counselling approaches to work with you towards your identified goal and support change or insight in a specific area of your life.

We provide support for a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationships issues, bereavement, self-esteem and many others. We also provide specific treatments for those affected by phobias or traumatic memories.

Groups and workshops

We provide structured group work for anxiety management at intervals throughout term time. The groups focus on coping strategies to help manage and understand the symptoms and experience of anxiety.

We also offer 'mindfulness' and 'relaxation' practice sessions which can help with stress, anxiety, negative thoughts, poor concentration and support general wellbeing:

  • Mindfulness training is a method of paying attention to the present moment while calmly and kindly accepting our feelings and sensations arising in the here and now.
  • Relaxation sessions help participants to learn simple but effective skills including muscle relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation and guided visualisation.

All wellbeing services are available at the Health Centre, Penrhyn Road and the Health and Wellbeing Centre, Kingston Hill. Please call us for further information or attend one of our drop-ins.

Drop-in advice

Our confidential drop-in sessions provide crisis counselling, guidance and advice.

You will be able to talk to a wellbeing practitioner or health adviser who will offer advice, support and (if relevant) an onward referral. Drop-in consultations are usually about 15 minutes long.

Drop-in sessions at Penrhyn Road Health Centre take place on:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.00noon–1.00pm
  • Monday to Friday at 3.00pm–4.00pm
  • Thursday evenings at 6.00pm–7.30pm (term-time only)

Drop-in sessions at Kingston Hill Health and Wellbeing Centre take place on:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.00noon–1.00pm (term-time only)

Drop-in sessions at Roehampton Vale, Student Office, Hawker Wing take place on:

  • Tuesdays at 12.00noon–1.00pm (term-time only)

Stress management

These weekly run sessions at both Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road are aimed at helping students to develop:

  • time management skills;
  • assertiveness levels;
  • new study techniques;
  • anger management techniques; and
  • ways to relax.

Drug and alcohol advice

Socialising is an important part of University life, but can become a problem if drugs and/or alcohol are added to the mix. We're here to help you understand and explore the impact different substances can have on your health and personal/social life.

You can check your drinking levels to see what sort of drinker you are and what this means for your health on the Kingston University e-drink check website (run by the Alcohol Health Network).

Life coaching

Life coaching is about developing you – finding your strengths and building on them. It helps you achieve your potential by enabling you to focus on your goal and create a structured approach to get there.

Coaching can also help you deal with stressful situations and anxiety or worry caused by academic or personal issues.

Condoms

Students at Kingston University are entitled to a free bag of condoms each month. These are available at Health Centre Penrhyn Road and the Counselling and Health Advice Centre Kingston Hill and other selected locations on campus, including the Fitness Centre, main receptions and KUSU bars.

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