Studying at Cambridge can be an incredible experience, but may also entail challenges, both personal and academic. At Christ's there are number of people and resources available to graduate students, to help you have the happiest and healthiest time possible.

The Welfare Officer, Ruby Guyatt (welfare@christsmcr.co.uk) is on hand as an impartial support and source of information on issues relating to health, wellbeing, and diversity. Please don't hesitate to contact Ruby should you have any questions about what resources the College and University can offer with regards to mental health, pastoral support, representation, etc. Similarly, if you have a suggestion for an event or initiative, or would just like a chat, give Ruby an email, or say hi in the MCR or at Grad Hall!  Please also let Ruby know if you'd like to work with her as a BME, LGBT+, or Disability rep, or if there's something missing from the sexual health supplies box.

The college nurse, Julie Kettle (nurse@christs.cam.ac.uk) , is located on Q staircase. Julie is happy to see students with sudden or chronic illnesses and general health concerns, dress wounds, remove stitches, deal with minor accidents and sports injuries that do not require hospital care, and provide support for students experiencing psychological or mental distress. She can also access the appropriate services for students in urgent need of specialist attention. For more information, see: (http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/college-nurse). During term time, Julie's appointment hours are:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 1.30pm. 

Also on hand is the college chaplain, Mark Smith (mss53@cam.ac.uk), who is also available for all members of college, of any or no faith, to discuss any matter in confidence (http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/college-chaplain). Mark also has an impressive selection of hot drinks and biscuits. The Chapel, in First Court, is open everyday, and is a quiet space in which to reflect, pray, or just take a few minutes to be still and unwind (https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/college-life/chapel-and-choir). 

There are also a wide variety of services and resources within the University. The University Counselling Service (UCS) offers one-to-one counselling along with many workshops and group sessions, and a dedicated mental health advisory service (http://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk). Furthermore, the Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) and Graduate Union (GU) run a Student Advice Service, employing a professional advisor who can provide confidential support (http://www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk). For confidential and anonymous support between 7pm and 7am during full term, students can contact Nightline on 01223 744444 (http://cambridge.nightline.ac.uk).

Further information, including contact details, for all of the above resources (along with many more) can be found on the college website (http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/welfare-and-support).