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Student Support Officer
Appointments and drop in Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm

Dr Aki Pasoulas
Senior Tutor

Dave Thomas
Student Success EDI Project Officer

Sian Anderson
Programme Coordinator

Graham Lewis
Programme Coordinator

Email :

Appointments can be made at The Old Surgery Reception by telephoning Reception on 01634 888 980.

All are based in The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, ME4 4TZ

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Being a student is great fun; you will learn a lot from your studies and also about yourself. However it can also be stressful to be away from home maybe for the first time, or to be in a different county. Deadlines and assessment can add to the pressure and some students find that it’s difficult to balance their time effectively. If you do feel that things are getting a little out of control, seek help. The Student Support team has trained and experienced counsellors who can listen to you and help you to feel less stressed.

There are also things that you can do yourself to improve your general sense of wellbeing. MIND (a national mental health charity) recommends 5 ways to wellbeing:


There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise. Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Tidy up your room
  • Take a different route into university
  • Have lunch in a different place


Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Keep a journal of what your are learning
  • Set your own learning goals for what you want to get from your studies
  • Learn something separate from your studies maybe a language, cooking or a sport


Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

  • The School of Music and Fine Art has a lot of volunteering connections in the local area look at the website and perhaps volunteer for something. School of Music and Fine Art volunteering.


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Last Updated: 16/11/2015