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Our Wellbeing Services

Taking care of yourself may be the last thing you think of when you have deadlines, lectures and work but it is important. We have a wide range of health & wellbeing activities and services available so that you can take care of your wellbeing and the people around you.

Wellbeing Cupboards

On all of our campuses, we have wellbeing cupboards which have a wide range of items to help with your health & wellbeing. We are subsidising these products so that they are free for students. Items in the cupboards include:

  • Condoms (standard and latex free)
  • Lube
  • Dental Dams
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Sanitary Towels
  • Tampons
  • Wellbeing Kits with Coloured Pencils

We keep adding more items each month so check back and see what new items we have for students.

Spikeys
At all of our bars and cafes, there is a jar of Spikeys. These are an anti-drink spiking device that you use on a night out. To use them, you put the device in a bottle and then put a straw through the device. There is now a space too small for someone to put anything in your drink. If you are going for a night out, stop by The Hive, Basement Central, or The Starting Gate and pick up a handful.

Sexual Health & Relationships Drop In
We run a confidential sexual health drop in service where you can talk to our trained staff about a wide range of sexual health & relationship topics. You can also get a wide range of contraception and sexual health products for free. This is not part of the C-Card scheme so you do not need to register or be under 25. You can also come for a Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test.

As sexual health & relationships is such a wide topic, we have many local services come and support our drop in services. This means that you can have a chat with one of our local services partners and access their services on our campus. This includes Terrence Higgins Trust and NHS Sexual Health Testing. Check online to see when these services are attending our drop ins.

Mondays 11:30am-1pm at the SU Office, Ringmer House, Falmer

Tuesdays 2pm-3:30pm at the SU Office, Ground Floor, Cockcroft Building, Moulsecoomb

Consent & Inclusivity Training
We have been training students who lead and support communities around inclusivity and consent so that we can make our groups and services better, more inclusive, and supportive. The training talks about inclusive language, understanding privilege, consent awareness, contributing cultures to sexual harassment, and intervening on these contributing cultures. We are also offering this training to all students. If you have at least a group of 5 students, get in contact with Ashley and they will do the training scheme on your campus.

Wellbeing Activities
We are running a wide range of activities and events to help you think about wellbeing and use these skills within your life so that you don’t burn out. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for events, activities and workshops. We have a big Wellbeing project planned for November so watch this space.

Academic Advice and Support

We have a dedicated team of advisors that can help you with any academic trouble that may arise while you're at university. You can contact them directly or attend one of our drop-in services to discuss any troubles that you're having - and they will support you where possible. 

If you're interested in coming along to a drop-in service, check out the following info for times and locations: 

TUESDAY                               11am – 1pm @ COCKCROFT
WEDNESDAY                         2pm – 4pm @ COCKCROFT
THURSDAY                            2pm – 4pm @ GRAND PARADE
FRIDAY                                  2pm – 4pm @ FALMER

Want To Take Part?
We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our events and services so that we can reach as many students as possible. We have monthly rewards for volunteers who take help out with our projects including free entry to events, free self-care kits, and exclusive volunteer events. If you are passionate about wellbeing and want to have fun whilst promoting good health and wellbeing, get in contact with Ashley (a.storer-smith@brighton.ac.uk).

 

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