Health and Wellbeing

Tea and Talk Peer Support Network

Tea and Talk sessions are a work-free zone and an informal space for Sussex students to come and relax.

Announcement: 16/3/20

Following the University’s decision to suspend teaching this week and move to online teaching from next week, we will not be running Tea and Talk for the rest of this term.

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About Tea and Talk

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What is Tea and Talk?

Tea and Talk sessions are a work-free zone and an informal space for Sussex students to come and relax.  It’s a space where you can talk to someone, be listened to, and find out about other sources of support, as well as enjoying free tea and biscuits! There are also games and crafts to try.

Trained student volunteers run the drop-in for two hours on a Wednesday afternoon, and are on hand to talk about everything to do with student life, if you want to.

Why have a peer support network?

University life can be tough at times, and it’s important to take time out to relax and unwind. Sometimes we need an extra bit of support, or someone to talk to. 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!

Who is it for?

Any Sussex student can come along to Tea and Talk for some time out. You might want to chat to someone about settling in to university life, maybe you’re feeling the pressure of exams, or perhaps you just fancy a cuppa and a chat with a friendly face – this is a safe, informal space.

There’s no pressure though, if you don’t want to talk about anything in particular that’s ok too! The drop-in is a space to relax, away from the pressures of university life.

Is it like counselling?

Tea and Talk is primarily a space to come and relax. Volunteers are trained to offer listening support, but are not mental health experts or counsellors. However, this is a safe space where you can have a chat and with someone who’ll listen. If volunteers think you could benefit from speaking to another service at the University they’ll let you know what’s on offer, and might support you to reach out to them.

What if I don’t like tea?!

No problem – drinking tea is not compulsory! Any Sussex students (whether they like tea or not) are welcome to come along.

Where and when does it happen?

Sessions will run every Wednesday afternoon during term-time, from 1-3pm on the ground floor of the Meeting House, starting on Wednesday 13th November 2019.

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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 Student Volunteers 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