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Wellbeing Wednesday – Chaplaincy: Faith and Spirituality

Wellbeing Wednesday Update and Spotlight on…Chaplaincy: Faith and Spirituality Support

Welcome to this week’s Business School Wellbeing Wednesday Update.

Each Wednesday (during term time) we will send you an email highlighting wellbeing support that is available to Business School students within the School and from across the university. As well as providing a reminder about the support available each week, we will also shine a spotlight on a different university support service.

Here at the Business School, we have two specialist advisors to help support our students.  You can find out more about the support they can offer via the Business School Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Canvas Communities.

Get in touch: Our Business School Wellbeing Advisor Emer McConnell, is available via email each Wednesday between 10.00 – 11.00 in case Business School students have any questions about Wellbeing support or services available. If you want an informal chat, please email Emer at NUBS.Wellbeing@newcastle.ac.uk or call her on Teams (Emer McConnell) and she will be able to sign post you to what support is available.

Other Sources of Support: Outside of Emer’s contact time each Wednesday, you can also get in touch with a range of Wellbeing Support services. Our Student and Staff Wellbeing Service work with local and national organisations to support you and help you maximise your academic potential and gain the most from your time here at Newcastle.

Student Support Plans: If you disclose a long-term mental health condition, supported by recent medical evidence, you may be able to access reasonable adjustments and support to help you engage in your studies. Students who have an on-going mental health condition or disability can access a Student Support Plan: specialistlearning@ncl.ac.uk or disabilityadvisor@ncl.ac.uk.

Mental Health Advisor: If you feel you may require support with a mental health issue, you can request an individual assessment appointment: mentalhealthadvisor@ncl.ac.uk.

Drop-In Support: For situations where you do not need a regular appointment but may want to speak to someone about an issue impacting your health and wellbeing please contact: sws.therapyappointments@ncl.ac.uk.

This service allows you to meet with our Therapist, Lisa to discuss any issue that may be affecting you but where you don’t feel you need a more regular appointment and some advice may help. Lisa can provide counselling for students who may be struggling with life concerns that cause unmanageable emotional or psychological distress. She can also help students to get the most from their university experience and maximise their academic success by providing time focussed counselling. This service is available to all students, to those with and without medical evidence.

Wellbeing Workshops: The School is hosting Workshops on a range of topics from Managing Stress and Anxiety to How to Sleep: ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing/newseventsandprojects/ For more information about wellbeing support and services at Newcastle University visit: Student and Staff Wellbeing.

Urgent Wellbeing Support: For urgent concerns during office hours (09:00 – 17:00 Monday-Friday) please use the Wellbeing Consultancy service: wellbeingconsultancy@ncl.ac.uk. For out of hours help, please call University Security: 0191 208 6817 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Report + Support: We are committed to providing a positive experience for our students and colleagues and believe that abusive behaviours are never acceptable. Our online Report and Support tool enables anyone to report concerns anonymously, make a formal complaint and/ or receive support. You can read more at https://reportandsupport.ncl.ac.uk/.

Listening sessions for students: The University has arranged three more sessions on the following themes which are open to all students:

  • Wellbeing – Wednesday 05 May, 15:00 – 16:00 (UK time)
  • Brexit – Wednesday 19 May, 13:00 – 14:00 (UK time)
  • Communication – Tuesday 08 June, 10:00 – 11:00 (UK time)

You can find out more and register for the upcoming listening sessions via our blog.

Reopening of the Sports & Fitness Centre: Our newly refurbished Sports & Fitness Centre reopened on 26 April 2021 and is free for students to use until 03 October 2021.

You must book all activities in advance online or via the app, you can do this up to 14 days in advance. You’ll need to bring your University smartcard for each visit and swipe in at our reception entry gates on arrival to avoid any no-show charges. Make sure you read our terms and conditions and our rules and regulations for using the facilities prior to your visit.


Spotlight on… Chaplaincy: Faith and Spirituality Support

The Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care team is there as an inclusive support service for the whole University community. Working alongside other teams in Student Health and Wellbeing, and with colleagues in People Services, we offer support to all members of the University community.

The team is committed to making the University a place of religious tolerance, diversity and respect where everyone involved in our University community can feel comfortable and supported.

Listening Ear

Providing a Listening Ear for worries and concerns, both as one-off and longer term support, the team consists of people from a variety of faith backgrounds (or none) who can listen to concerns and offer support and encouragement. You can access our Listening Ear team or find out more by being in touch with us direct: pastoral.support@ncl.ac.uk.

Walk & Talk

It’s been a tough year for not being able to meet up with people. The Walk & Talk events, which take place regularly, give you the opportunity to join with up to 5 others on a short (45mins) walk in the vicinity of the Newcastle University campus for an opportunity to meet new people, get some fresh air, and share with others.

Sign up takes place on Eventbrite with dates being regularly released. Full details about Walk & Talk can be found on our website.

Faith Support

Our team includes a number of members from different faith traditions and backgrounds who are happy to offer faith support to our University community. If you would like to find someone to speak with you about your faith, to help you connect with a faith community in Newcastle, or to journey with you through the ups-and-downs of your faith journey, the Chaplaincy team are here for you. You can find the contact details for chaplains on our website, or send us an email: chaplaincy@ncl.ac.uk to make contact.

We also provide some quiet spaces and prayer facilities around the Newcastle University campus. Details about these can be viewed here.

Weekly Updates

The Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care team provide a weekly email with updates for the whole University community – highlighting resources and events, as well as something to listen to and something to watch. It’s possible to sign up to the email list for updates here and recent updates can be viewed on the Chaplaincy website.

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