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Published: 25 November 2020

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The University of Sunderland in London’s Health and Wellbeing team are excited to announce their first Chai and Chat session around the theme of coping with stress.

“Chai and Chat is a brand-new virtual experience for students at the University.

We wanted to give you a chance to get together, sit around with your favourite hot drink and discuss the wellbeing issues that matter to you.

Join us on Friday 27th November at 2pm to talk about this week’s theme – stress. To be sent an invite to the event, get in touch with the Health and Wellbeing team at

Each Chai and Chat will highlight top tips, tools and techniques for coping with a range of wellbeing issues, as well as being a chance for us to share the latest thinking about the topic.

The session will start with a brief presentation on the main mental and physical health concerns that have been coming up in this unusual year.

We’ll be marking Stress Awareness Day through a discussion of the causes of stress as a university student, along with advice on how to manage pressure.

Then you’ll have the chance to ask your questions, speak with other students, share your thoughts and ideas, then get responses from your Health and Wellbeing team.

The Question-and-Answer session should last around 30 minutes, so make sure you’re there on time to get the answers you’re looking for.

We’re hoping to run Chai and Chat every other Friday to create a supportive, educational community focused on caring.

The announcement of the second lockdown on 31st October brought a lot of extra stress to everyone’s lives.

We’re grateful that, until 7th December at least, we can continue to invite you to campus for blended learning classes.

This means we get to see you all for the next couple of weeks. It also gives everyone a chance to prepare in a way we didn’t have in the first lockdown.

That means brushing off your baking skills, signing up to those online yoga classes and setting up your home learning environment.

But it also means preparing mentally, which is what these sessions are intended to help you with.

Chai and Chat will continue as a virtual experience after classes move online, meaning whatever the situation, you’ll have a place to visit every other week.

We can’t wait to see you there!”

Please note, Chai and Chat is not intended as a one-to-one session. If you would like to speak with a member of the Health and Wellbeing team confidentially, please book an appointment.

You can get in touch through Compass, email them at or call on 0207 531 7343. Find out more by following #WeAreSunLon on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.