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Wellbeing resources in your Hall

Starting university and living in halls for the first time is an exciting new chapter, but it can also feel overwhelming at times. It’s completely normal to experience ups and downs with your mental health and wellbeing as you adjust to this big life transition. The good news is, you’re not alone - there are lots of resources and people available to support you in halls if you’re struggling or just need someone to talk to.

This article is a very brief overview. For a more detailed view, see Support to reside.

Your First Point of Contact: The Warden’s Team

Each Intercollegiate Hall has a dedicated Warden’s Team, made up of the Warden and student Resident Advisors (RAs). They are there to be a friendly, approachable first point of contact for any concerns or issues you may have.

The Warden is a staff member who lives in the hall and oversees student welfare. They have experience supporting students through common challenges. You can book an appointment to chat with your Warden about anything that’s on your mind.

RAs are fellow students who volunteer to provide peer support. They undergo training to be able to listen and signpost you to further resources. There’s always a duty RA available in the evenings and on weekends if you need to talk to someone.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Warden’s Team - they are there to help create a supportive community in halls and ensure you have a positive experience. No problem is too big or too small to have a conversation about.

Professional Support Services

While the Warden’s Team can provide a listening ear and advice, they aren’t trained counsellors or mental health professionals. If you need more specialised or ongoing support, they can help connect you with services like:

Looking After Your Wellbeing

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to mental health. Some tips for maintaining good wellbeing in halls:

  • Get involved in hall social activities to build connections
  • Maintain a good sleep routine
  • Eat well and exercise regularly
  • Make time for hobbies and relaxation
  • Stay in touch with friends and family back home
  • Speak to someone early if you’re struggling - don’t let things build up

Remember, your mental health matters. University and halls staff want you to thrive, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness. You’ve got this!