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Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing Crane'I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.' - Audre Lorde

Student wellbeing is hugely important. As a School, we are doing our best to make sure that we understand this, and the ways in which we can inadvertently make it more difficult for our students to look after their wellbeing.

We know that exams and assessments can put our students under a lot of stress and pressure, which is why we work with the King's Wellbeing team to support initiatives such as the Take Time Out campaign, to run our own wellbeing-centred pop-ups and events, and to run large-scale events like the Summer Day Out. We design these events specifically to help give you the space to enjoy yourselves and unwind, to build a sense of community amongst our students and staff, and to remind you that the School is here to support you when you're struggling.

There are lots of dedicated resources at King's to help you if you're struggling with looking after your wellbeing, or if you think there might be something deeper going wrong:

King's Wellbeing

King's Wellbeing are part of the Health & Wellbeing team at King's. Their team consists of a number of trained Coaches who provide free coaching sessions to help you set personal goals and targets. These might relate to your academic progression, co-curricular development, or simply to building activities which are good for your wellbeing into your daily routine.

King's Sport

A great way for many of us to maintain a positive sense of wellbeing is through sport and physical activity. The positive effects of physical activity are holistic: they can help to support and energise both the body and the mind! Have a look at all that King's Sport have to offer, or if you're looking for something physical but not necessarily sports-based, take a look at the activities available as part of their BeActive programme!

Counselling

Counselling sessions provide students with a space to identify, explore and address a problem which is impacting on their day-to-day lives and experiences. Sessions are not about giving advice, but about assisting students to understand the problem that they are facing, and to help themselves to remedy or manage this issue over time.

To register for an appointment, head to the Counselling webpages.

Support in the School:

Although we do not have any trained mental health experts within the School, there are many across King's, as listed above. We do have staff in the School, however, who can help with some initial support, to get you through developing mental health issues or a mental health crisis.

Several members of staff have been trained in Mental Health First Aid, by representatives of Mental Health First Aid England, and will be able to support students or staff who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and can signpost relevant professional support services both within and without of the university.

You can find the details of these staff, below.


Name: Jack Kilker

Title: Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Contact: jack.kilker@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 1753

Office: SW-1.18 (behind the Law Enquiries Office)

Greeting: Hello! I've been working in the School for the past six months as the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, working on supporting staff and students on issues relating to D&I, and engaging the School in conversations about mental health! I have a background in student support roles within Students' Unions, and completed Mental Health First Aid Training with King's in March 2017. Get in touch in whatever way is best for you if jack.kilker@kcl.ac.uk you're looking for support!

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Name: Lydia Gladstone

Title: Postgraduate Programmes (Taught) Administrator

Contact: lydia.gladstone@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 5899

Office: SW-1.17 (Law Enquiries Office)

Greeting: Hello, I am also working in the Law School and have been for just over 6 months, having a background in the Education Sector for some years now. I have a keen interest in raising awareness of Mental Health, which began whilst studying Psychology. I have worked in Student Welfare and Student Support throughout my time in the Education sector and completed Mental Health First Aid training in July 2016. My experience in education has shown me just how tough it can be to achieve your degree and I am delighted to be part of a team who recognise this and wish to help students during times of struggle. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you feel you need to talk, or some support. Self-care is one of the most important tools we have to flourish.

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Name: David Whittaker

Title: Executive Assistant

Contact: david.whittaker@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 1189

Office: SW2.20 (The Dean's Office)

Greeting: Hello! I have been working in the Dean’s Office at the Law School for almost three years, and have a background in language and cultural studies. From my experience and studies, I have a deep appreciation for the importance of one’s perspective when engaging with the world. We all experience our world and its challenges in different ways. Sometimes it can help to share these experiences, and sometimes it can help to have someone’s support during challenging times. If you would like support or someone to talk to, as a Mental Health First Aid practitioner I am available for you.

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Peer Support:

The School have been involved in training students in Peer-to-Peer Support, as provided by the King's Counselling Service. This is an informal means of allowing students to explore any specific issues which might be getting in the way of your study or social life, and to talk these through with an impartial student colleague.

We know that, often, it will be most helpful to talk through an issue with your friends or those around you, before seeking any professional support. Peer-to-Peer Support aims to emulate this, providing students with a trained student they can talk to, equipped with skills in effective listening, sensitive communication, confidentiality, boundaries and effective mechanisms for professional support.

If you like the sound of this scheme, and would like to receive training to join our Peer Support Network, email Jack Kilker, School Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.

Idil Kaner

Programme: LLB Politics, Philosophy & Law (PPL)

Interests: Technology, Music, Travel, Food Enthusiast & Tea Lover!

King's Email: idil_ilayda.kaner@kcl.ac.uk

Quote: There will be days when you'll want a new perspective regarding whatever you're going through and that's where we come in. Peer Support is about creating a safe atmosphere where you can talk just about anything, without the feeling of being judged. We are here to make your life easier so reach out whenever you want via email and we can get a cup of tea/coffee!

Idil

Salman Shaheen

Programme: LLB Law

Interests: Jazz, Basketball, Short stories (I write occasionally), and a good cup of coffee.

King's Email: salman.shaheen@kcl.ac.uk

Quote: Our journey to get to King's has been a very exhausting and competitive journey, and now that we are here it's more of the same. I believe it's important, in the midst of all that, to remember that we as students are still here for one another to support each other through it all and that is everything peer support is about. It's about offering a helping hand to those who reach out, an ear to listen, a person to be there when you need it most.

Salman Shaheen 

Nicolas Schuscheim

Programme: LLB Politics, Philosophy & Law (PPL)

Interests: Running/Fitness, Travel, Intellectual Property, Music, and Brunch (in any way, shape or form).

King's Email: nicolas.schuscheim@kcl.ac.uk

Quote: Oftentimes, at university, it feels like we are just going through the motions and that we are drowning in the expectations we put for ourselves and that others put for us. It’s important to remember that as individuals, we still need to be able to breathe. If you feel like you’re drowning, and need to take a breath and share that with somebody else, come and talk to us at Peer Support, a non-judgmental open space to discuss absolutely anything, anytime, anywhere.

 Nicolas

Self-Care Ideas:

A little while ago, we asked students in the School of Law to tell us what they do for self-care. Below are some of their responses, and we hope you can take some inspiration from the suggestions of your peers on great ways to unwind, recharge and put yourself first!

  • 'Play sports and don't think about your work for a while!'

  • 'Write your mood down on a piece of paper.'

  • 'Have a nap!'

  • 'Reach out and ask for help: be kind to yourself.'

  • 'Keep moving!'

  • 'Treat yourself! (Board games, food, sports, movies, video games...)'

  • 'Indulge yourself in nice food!'

  • 'Breathe with your abdomen.'

  • 'Listen to music that you love while revising!' 

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