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New partnership increases support for students

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The University of Bradford is stepping up its support for students through a new partnership with MyWellbeing College (MWC).

MWC is part of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and is a free service helping people manage everyday problems such as low mood or anxious thoughts and feelings. Therapeutically they use a cognitive behavioural approach which looks at how what we think effects how we feel and behave.

They offer online courses, such as 'living life to the full' which focuses on managing day to day problems such as stress and anxiety. Also a range of group courses and opportunities such as walking and creative groups.

The partnership with the University will see a trained MWC advisor base themselves at the University’s counselling service one day a week to work with students who have either been referred through the Disability, Counselling and Mental Health Services or have self-referred. The support will be on guided self-help and students will have six one-to-one sessions along with resources to help them at home.

Nikki Pierce, Director of Student, Academic and Information Services at the University of Bradford said: “We are very excited to see how this pilot collaboration can help students and support our dedicated counselling team in enabling students to be successful in their studies but most importantly enjoy their time at University.

“Our student’s wellbeing and mental health is a top priority for us and we will continue to review and improve the support we offer so that every individual has someone to talk to and somewhere to go if they need help.”

The Counselling Service has also introduced a new ‘Calm room’. The Calm Room is a tranquil, quiet place with relaxing imagery and soothing sounds. There is no need to book and students and staff can pop in as many times and stay as long as they want.

World Mental Health Day 2019 is on 10 October and this year the focus is on suicide prevention.

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