Health and Wellbeing

Tea and Talk Peer Support Network

The Tea and Talk Peer Support Network is made up of trained student volunteers and offers an informal space for Sussex students to talk and be listened to, as well as an opportunity to find out about other sources of support while enjoying free tea and biscuits!

Please note that Tea and Talk runs during term-time only. 

Drop-ins have now finished for this year, and will begin again after the summer break. 

You can find details of other services, which run outside of term-time, at www.sussex.ac.uk/wellbeing/mentalhealth/resources

If you would like to express your interest in applying to become a Tea and Talk volunteer next year please email healthandwellbeing@sussex.ac.uk 

 

About Tea and Talk

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What is Tea and Talk?

University life can be challenging, and sometimes you will need some extra support or just someone to talk to. Sussex has some really great wellbeing services, but sometimes it can be easier to talk to your peers - other students who can understand what you’re going through because they may have been there themselves! The Tea and Talk Peer Support Network is made up of trained student volunteers and offers an informal space for Sussex students to talk and be listened to, as well as an opportunity to find out about other sources of support, while enjoying free tea and biscuits!

Who is it for?

Any Sussex student can come along to Tea and Talk. 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 to talk to others. There’s no pressure though, if you don’t want to talk about anything specific or you’d just like a chat, that’s ok too!

Is it like counselling?

Student volunteers are trained to offer listening support, but are not mental health experts or counsellors. However, they’ll let you know what other University Services are on offer and even support you to reach out to them if that’s what you’d like.

What if I don’t like tea?!

No problem – drinking tea is not compulsory and other drinks are on offer! Any Sussex student (whether they like tea or not) is welcome to come along for a chat, a biscuit and maybe even a crafty activity.

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 7th November 2018.

Follow us on Facebook @Sussexpeersupport for updates

 

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 dpo@sussex.ac.uk.

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: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ogs/policies/information/dpaYou can also contact the University’s Data Protection Officer for further advice at dpo@sussex.ac.uk.