Personal development sessions and groups

Why come along?    

Student Wellbeing Services run a personal development programme to help you get the most from your studies and personal life.  Some of these are workshops and information or taster sessions – you only need to book where it says so. Others are groups which run over a period of weeks.

We know people can feel nervous about joining a group, but feedback we've had from students say it has helped them to feel more supported, more confident and better connected with others. It's sometimes just helpful to know you're not alone in your difficulties.

These groups are popular, so when you sign up you'll be asked to make a commitment to coming along regularly. To help develop a safe and secure space, these groups are closed to new participants once they have begun. This does not apply to the Global Buddies International Student Group.

We'd love to see you. 

Managing low mood – Mood boost 

We can all feel low at times and don’t always know how to cope.

Mood Boost is a group run over four sessions which offers practical tips and techniques to understand and manage your mood better.

Group one and two will run between 11:00 - 12:30. We ask that students commit to all four sessions in their group. 

  • Group one: 17 October - 7 November 2017 in Room 307, Rolle Building
  • Group two: 22 November - 13 December 2017 in Room 116, Rolle Building (The session on 22 November will be held in Room 210, Rolle Building)

Contact us for further information or to book on email at studentcounselling@plymouth.ac.uk.


Managing stress and anxiety

All of us experience stress and anxiety from time to time. For some of us our stress and anxiety levels are more constant and can get in the way of healthy day to day functioning. Coming to a group can be anxiety provoking in itself. Hence we are offering a regular space where you can come and hear in ‘lecture style’ effective ways to manage your levels of stress and anxiety. THERE WILL BE NO REQUIREMENT FOR YOU TO SPEAK in this setting. Rather it is passing on some tried and tested strategies to take with you and practice in your day to day life.

These are lecture style group sessions and will run fortnightly on a Wednesday from 1.30 - 2.30pm from 1 November 2017. Dates are 1, 15, 29 November and 13 December.

Room 018 Babbage Building

Mindfulness drop-in sessions

Feeling overwhelmed? Come along to any of our sessions in the Chaplaincy and de-stress with mindfulness practice!  No need to book and no prior experience required.

  • Wednesday 4, 18, 25 October 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

This six-week group offers the opportunity to experience and develop a range of practices which can be a real resource for life. 

This group will run on Wednesday afternoons at 13:00 - 15:00 for six consecutive weeks. 

  • Wednesday 1 November - Wednesday 6 December 2017

You will need to book for this group as there are limited places and we will ask you to commit to attending regularly. For more information email Rosalind Ramage

Find out more about Mindfulness

Do you get caught up in trains of endless thought?

Mindfulness Drop-in Sessions at Truro

We run mindfulness drop-in sessions at Truro between 12:00 - 13:00 for students and staff. No prior experience required. 

  • Thursday 01 March 2018
  • Thursday 15 March 2018
  • Thursday 12 April 2018


Mindfulness Taster Awareness Sessions at Truro

In addition, there will also be slightly longer taster sessions for students between 12:00 - 13:30.  

  • Thursday 23 November 2017
  • Thursday 18 January 2018

All sessions will be held in Truro Knowledge Spa, Room F06

For more information email Kate Gavagan at kate.gavagan@plymouth.ac.uk or telephone and leave a voicemail on +44 1872 258180.

Free relaxation class for staff and students

This 45 minute session will be an oasis where you can learn different ways to quieten the mind and relax the body. 

We will explore different breathing techniques, get to grips with progressive muscle relaxation and some basic grounding techniques, including guided visualisation. 

The classes will run on Fridays at 11:00 in the Exercise Studio in the Sports Centre. 

  • 6 October - 15 December 2017

To sign up please call the Sports Centre on +44 1752 588510 or book through UPSU's booking system www.upsu.com/booknow

We recommend wearing warm loose clothing.

Women's group 

The Women's Group meet regularly during term time on a Wednesday. The group opens for new members at the beginning of each term but is closed after the first two sessions. Members are encouraged to make regular commitment to attend for the term. 

We:

  • share thoughts and experiences
  • value and respect each other
  • listen and support each other
  • gain understanding of ourselves and others
  • feel more confident, healthier and happier.

Wednesday 11 October to Wednesday 6 December 2017

15:00 - 16:30

Contact Alexandra Way on alexandra.way@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44 1752 587676 for further details.  

Men’s group/discussion group for male students

This is a social group that is designed to empower male students to bring their emotions, and also break cycles of isolation.

The group is for those who identify as male who are:

  • looking to experience affirming and supportive relationships with other men
  • value and respect each other
  • share thoughts and experiences
  • gain understanding of ourselves and others
  • feel more confident, healthier and happier

It is also a space where we can:
  • look to understand what it means on a physical, intellectual and emotional level to be a man in the 21st century,
  • and the consequences for living a balanced, satisfying, meaningful life
  • seek to understand and work on our own beliefs, including prejudices about our own and others' gender identities

This a space for support, exploration, discussion, learning and growth together.

Wednesday 11 October to Wednesday 6 December 2017

14:00 – 15:30

Group facilitators: Philipp Grote and Alex Moseley

Contact Philipp Grote on philipp.grote@plymouth.ac.uk or Alex Moseley alex.moseley@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44 1752 587676 for further details.

Global Buddies

Want to make new friends?
Want to enjoy chatting to others?
Want to make the most out of life in the UK?
Then come and join our Global Buddies International Student Group.

This group is open to ALL international students at the University of Plymouth and will run on Wednesdays. 

Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Wednesday 13 December 2017

Time: 15.30 to 17.00

Location: Room 206, Roland Levinsky Building

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline – 24/7 support

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support.
  • Accessible by phone, email and LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging.
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues.
  • Confidential.
  • Completely independent from the University.
Freephone: +44 800 042 0134 
Email: assistance@workplaceoptions.com
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Student Wellbeing Service - Plymouth campus

Learning Gateway, University of Plymouth, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Semester opening times: Monday–Friday, 8.30–17.00 (Tuesday open 10.00, Friday close 16.30)