Permission to Pase

We want to assist you in looking after yourself this exam period.


Mental Health is vital to take care of and as it’s always a key priority students want us to priortise. We want to assist you in looking after yourself this exam period. Support looks different to each person but we want to help you to give yourself permission to pause and take a breath through the emotions that can be harder to manage. University can pose busy and stressful times for students and staff alike, and at NUSU, we wanted to help reduce your stress in particularly demanding periods and of course in the issues that have arisen due to the pandemic.

This May we are hosting our inspiring and interactive campaign called Permission to Pause, led by Nadia Ahmed, who is this year's Welfare and Equality Officer (2020-21).

During busy periods, it is vital that people take time away from revision books or marking papers to practice self-care and self-love, giving our brains and bodies time to breathe is essential. This campaign will run through the exam period, providing free resources and activities to give students and staff that all-important time to pause. All the activities and resources are covid secure making it safe to take a break and pause this exam season.



Post Pals

Writing letters and cards to sick children to help brighten their days. Sat down, relaxing, crafty activity, everything provided.

Wiggly bags

ewing small fabric bags for local children undergoing cancer treatment with a Hickman line. Sat down, relaxing, crafty activity, everything provided.

A Second Life

Glass upcycling - Upcycling old jars to give a new lease of life, can be made into a vase a container or even just a decoration. Paints provided - bring your old jars.

Environmental volunteering (bug hotels)

Making bug hotels for our resident on campus bees, lots of sawing and drilling a fun hands on activity.

Grow volunteer

On campus gardening, the gardens have been left since Covid and are needing a huge refresh, weeding, sowing seeds and learning about urban growing (you even get to take the fresh fruit and veg you have grown home once harvested).

All activities can be found here. 'Go Volunteer' upload events weekly.

Support & Resources

Key Links

  1. Student Minds
  2. Online CBT (University Wellbeing Service

Support at NUSU

Here at NUSU, we are committed to supporting you in living your best life and we understand that, as a busy student, your mental health and wellbeing can sometimes be affected. Everyone may need a bit of extra support from time to time and although we don’t offer the same counseling service as the University we do have a number of opportunities to help you to the 5 steps to mental wellbeing

  1. *5 Ways to wellbeing may not be the best fit for everyone and if you feel like you need extra support from the Student Wellbeing Counselling service, please get in touch.
  2. We may not be the answer to your individual needs, but we can signpost you to those who can or work with you on new ideas to support student mental health. Contact the Welfare and Equality Officer with any questions, ideas or thoughts.
  3. NUSU Help and Support

The Step Change Project

The following information is provided by NU Student Health and Wellbeing Service:

Step Change Task and Finish Group 

Student mental health continues to be a major concern across the sector and this had led to the publication of a number of significant papers in recent months. One of the most pertinent of these is the ‘UUK Step Change report’, which explores student mental health needs within UK Universities. The report proposes a framework to meet the reported ever-increasing numbers and severity of student mental ill-health cases.

The Student Health and Wellbeing Teams have done a substantial amount in the last three years to improve the quality, quantity, and variety of preventative and responsive mental health initiatives for Newcastle University Students; however, we recognise more must be done. As such, the Executive Board has supported our proposal to establish a Student Mental Health 'Step Change' Task and Finish Group.


Silvercloud is a suite of online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmes which can be tailored to a student’s specific needs. CBT can help identify and change thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior, helping to change how we are feeling for the better. The programmes are easy to use and flexible as can be accessed anywhere on a PC, tablet or mobile. Silvercloud is available to all Newcastle University students, free of charge