Health and Wellbeing

Tea and Talk Peer Support Network

Tea and Talk sessions are informal, but confidential peer-support spaces for Sussex students.
They're spaces where you can talk to someone, be listened to, and find out about other sources of support. Sussex has some really great Wellbeing services, but sometimes it’s just nice to have peers to speak to - someone who can understand what you’re going through, listen without judgement, and might have been there themselves!



During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering Tea and Talk sessions online via Zoom. Each session is one-to-one with another student who is trained to provide this kind of support. You can talk to them privately in a Zoom "break-out" room and if it feels easier, join the session with your camera off.  You'll only see the student in the Zoom break-out room you join. If you'd prefer to talk to a student with a different gender, then just ask. You can talk about anything, you don't need to be in crisis, you might just want to have the chance to speak to another student about what's going on in your life. They'll talk with you about what's on your mind, and can also let you know about other useful services if that would be helpful

  • Mondays 1.00-2.30pm (18th May – 27th July)
  • Wednesdays 1.00-2.30pm (13th May – 29th July)
Log in using your Sussex Zoom account.
There will be three students online to chat to, if one room is full, you will not be let in, so try the next link:
Room 1 –
 Meeting ID: 919 6099 6600
Room 2 -
 Meeting ID: 989 7966 7402
Room 3 -
 Meeting ID: 912 7999 9815


You can find details of other services at 

Follow us on Facebook @Sussexpeersupport for updates

Other sources of support

You can find out more about other courses of support on our Student Wellbeing web pages

Useful Information

Visit our mental and emotional health pages for information about other sources of support for mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

Tea and Talk Students are supported by staff from the Directorate for Student Experience. Volunteers will ask for your consent before disclosing personal data to staff in the Directorate for Student Experience unless it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests. You can read the privacy notice for the Directorate for Student Experience in full below:

Privacy Notice - Directorate for Student Experience 

In the Directorate for Student Experience, we collect and process personal information for two main purposes:

  1. The provision of educational services, and
  2. The provision of student support and welfare services.

This privacy notice relates to why and how we use your personal data in the provision of student services relating to support and welfare, i.e. the administration and provision of pastoral care, wellbeing and support services provided by the Directorate for Student Experience.

The University processes students’ personal data largely on the basis that it is necessary to carry out our public task which is “to advance learning and knowledge by teaching and research”. As part of that, and our contract with students, we provide associated support to students through the various services in the Directorate of Student Experience. This may include, for example, support with your academic studies, disabilities, personal development or careers advice.

We may also process your personal data where it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests, or in circumstances where we have your specific consent to do so.

Disclosure of your personal data

To enable us to provide support and welfare services to our students, we will share personal data across the different teams in the Directorate for Student Experience and may sometimes share relevant information with others at the University, for example, your School. This helps us to provide the best support possible to students, in a coordinated way.

In some cases, we may need to ask for your consent before disclosing personal data to other colleagues or teams, although this will not always be necessary. Where your consent is needed, you will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm who we can share relevant information with.

Where we do not have your consent, we will usually only disclose your personal data to third parties where it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests.

If you have any concerns about your personal data being shared with others at the University, please discuss this with the relevant Student Experience team. You can also seek advice from the University’s Data Protection Officer, by email at

Further information

You can find out further information about how we process personal data in our University privacy notice and in the guidance on our data protection pages here: can also contact the University’s Data Protection Officer for further advice at