The library is not only here to support your studies - we also have resources, services and events to support your wellbeing. Your student experience is important to us, and as a library we want to help you make the most of it. On this page we offer some suggestions to help you on your personal wellbeing and mental health journey.
You can also visit the Welfare and Support Christ's page for further information on services available to you.
Most students at Christ’s spend an enjoyable and trouble-free few years at the College. But University can be a stressful place, and unforeseen additional pressures can arise from all sorts of causes. This page will direct you to some of the resources available to you as a Cambridge student and Christ's member.
The library is an important study resource, but we recognise that some students may feel intimated or overwhelmed by libraries and librarians. We are here to help. Please visit our Library Anxiety page, which has tips on how to make your library visit stress free.
Please have a look at our General Interest Collection on the library's First Floor (near the library office). The collection includes fiction and non-fiction material, including our wellbeing collection on topics suggested by our own College Nurse such as sleeping, mindfulness, good nutrition, anxiety, exam preparation etc. We have also bought some books recommended by the University Counselling Service.
We have a collection of books on physical and mental wellbeing. It covers a range of topics for your wellbeing.
We have an extensive collection of fiction available for borrowing, and we welcome your suggestions for new titles for the collection. We often buy recent award-winning books for the collection.
We have an amazing collection of popular movies, and buy the latest movies. Our movies are available for borrowing.
We also have puzzles and adult coloring books available in our library for your study breaks. Please ask staff if you don't see any around.
For full information on the college's wellbeing and related resources, please visit the Welfare and Support Christ's page. You will need your Raven password for access. Library staff can help you with that.
- Your College Tutor
- Your Director of Studies
- The College nurse
- In house counselling service (ask your tutor)
- College Consultant Psychiatrist (ask your tutor)
- College Chaplain (non denominational)
- Porter's Lodge (includes first aid and emergencies)
- JCR male and female welfare officers
- JCR sibling and parent program for new students
- MCR graduate student society welfare officer
- College and Harrasment discrimination contact
- The study skills coordinator
- External Academic skills lector
- Your College Tutor
- Your Director of Studies
- Your library
The library understands how overwhelming it is to keep up with your studies and meet your deadlines. We are developing additional material to help further your academic skills. We are also in the process of purchasing books specifically targeted towards this process. Library staff are always happy to discuss any concerns you may have, and we aim to work with a number of Christ's departments to give you the support you need.
Camguides has a guide specifically for academic skills support that includes self-directed learning, different types of writing, note taking and more. It is divided to undergraduate and postgraduate skills.
Cambridge University also offers training for a range of topics that may fit your subject of study.
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Some of the many suggestions available from the NHS on mental health. One step at a time and we can achieve having and maintaining mental health. Also have a look at the visual guide from the mental health charity "Mind".
- Connect with people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment
In our library we also encourage our students to take regular breaks. You can either use the Library corridor with comfortable sofas and armchairs or take a stroll at our college gardens. The city center is also a step away. For further information on exercise please visit the NHS page on exercise information and tips. Why not check out these NHS 10-minute workouts you can do at home?
The university also offers a number of resources and websites for its users
- The University Counselling Service that holds one to one counselling and runs workshops and group sessions
- Student Wellbeing webpages and services to support student wellbeing.
- Disability Resource Centre (DRC) support for disabled students and staff
- University Childcare Office services and information for student-parents or staff-parents.
- CUSU Advice Service provides confidential support to students with professional student advisors.
- Nightline an anonymous and confidential listening support and information service.
- Careers Service offers support and guidance on what you might do after your course finishes, and advice on the process of applying for jobs and attending interviews.