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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

Counselling offers you the opportunity to think about and share emotional difficulties in your life. The confidential and non-judgemental setting can help you explore your thoughts and feelings. The aim is to develop a fuller and more rewarding life.

Problems discussed may be from the past or the present. They might be related to your academic studies, your family, social or cultural issues, intimate relationships or anything else that is concerning you. No problem is too big or too small.

We offer brief, focused counselling, up to 10 sessions of 45-minutes each. Counselling is available at both the Health Centre Penrhyn Road and the Counselling and Health Advice Centre Kingston Hill.

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 Fridays 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

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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