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Because the world needs: space to create

The start of your university journey is a hugely exciting time when you’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a wealth of new experiences. It’s also a time of great change, which is why we make sure that care and support is at the heart of our community.

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Seaweed flower pots by Diana Tso, MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins

Wellbeing can mean many things to different people, but at its core is the need for students to be in an environment where they can thrive and develop their potential throughout their time here at UAL. Whether it’s adjusting how a course is taught to meet disabled students’ needs or putting on events for understanding money management and learning mindfulness, we’re working to create a truly supportive environment for our students.

We are incredibly proud of our strong commitment to student mental health. Our annual University Mental Health Day gets students involved in a variety of wellbeing activities – from puppy visits and yoga sessions to practical workshops on healthy eating and meditation.

Sometimes our students find themselves needing specialist one-on-one help and confidential professional support is available to them. We have a team of counsellors, health and mental health professionals, and a network of 80 trained Mental Health First Aiders across all of our sites. There are also peer mentoring initiatives – where students can meet and chat to a trained peer about any issues they might be experiencing – set up in our Colleges and halls of residence.

“Wellbeing isn’t about illness. It’s about living life, making the most of opportunities, being yourself and developing the skills and confidence to meet new challenges.”

Marie Kan, Head of Counselling, Health Advice and Chaplaincy at UAL

Visit the Wellbeing pages on our website to learn more about the professional, confidential and free help and advice we offer around mental health, disability, faith observance and more.

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Sarah Hollebon, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring, London College of Fashion

Raising awareness

Sarah Hollebon studied BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring at London College of Fashion. She recently took part in Stigma, an exhibition organised by mental health charity The Perspective Project.

The work she presented explored the ways in which clothing design can be used to address taboos and misconceptions around mental health.

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Art Therapy workshops

The art of wellbeing

Organised by UAL’s dedicated Counselling, Health Advice and Chaplaincy Team, our regular Art Therapy workshops facilitate student self-expression and personal growth.

It’s a chance to step outside the academic bubble and into a therapeutic setting while also connecting with new people.