Student Counselling

What Works

'What works' is simply a list of evidence-based activities proven to enhance mood.

It is easy to underestimate the cathartic power of simple everyday activities.  However, these things can stimulate the brain to produce vital 'feel-good' chemicals called endorphins.  You can start making a difference to your mood immediately.   Take a look at 'What works' and see what will work for you.

You will see a list of mood-enhancing activities along with the evidence base for how each activity can affect mood.  You will also be able to explore suggestions of how to get started.  Try one or more of the suggested activities and start to notice what changes for you.

Animal-assisted activites and Pet Therapy Choir singing
Expressive writing Getting active
Indoor rock climbing and bouldering Mindfulness
Postive mental training & feeling good App Psychoeducation










What works: Animal assisted activities and Pet Therapy

Petting an animal has been shown to release the bonding hormone 'oxytocin' which plays a part in the resulting health benefits such as reducing anxiety and lowering blood perssure.

What works: Brief Therapy

For many issues, time-limited, brief therapy can offer just as much opportunity for change as long-term therapy.

What works: Choir singing

All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins , the brain's 'feel good' chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being.

Expressive writing

Expressive writing is different to the style of writing you use for your academic assignments. It's more personal and emotional, more about your own thoughts, feelings and life, an opportunity to pause, reflect and get to know yourself better.

What works: Getting active

There are many health benefits to keeping fit and it doesn't mean going to the gym, or being sporty.

What works: Indoor rock climbing and bouldering

Almost anyone can rock climb or boulder! Experienced or beginner, it caters to individuals and groups of all ages, fitness levels and abilities, including those with disabilities or physical or mental health conditions.

What works: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for helping to prevent depression.

What works: Positive Mental Training & The feeling good App

Aiming to 'instil an Olympic sports mind-set' the Feeling Good App uses positive mental training lifted from sports psychology and applies this to everyday well-being. This unique and effective app is worth trying.

What works: Psychoeducation

We all use words like 'anxiety' and 'stress' but really understanding what these mean both generally and personally has been show to help people manage and reduce symptoms.

What works: Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to do something for others and at the same time do a lot of good for our own mental well-being.