We know that the Coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for everyone to stay in touch with loved ones, especially meeting with them face-to-face. This will be especially true if you've recently moved to London from another country and/or are having to self-isolate. This article has a few suggestions for how you can continue to have meaningful one-to-one conversations with peers and staff.

Positive Peers
The Positive Peers have now tripled in size to offer hybrid peer support services, which means there’s more support available for you.

Peer-Run Support: This team is trained to support students experiencing low level mental health difficulties. They offer:

  • Positive Minds: The Student Minds peer support group for those experiencing low mood or mild depression.
  • 1-2-1 chats: If you would like to have a conversation with a trained Peer to discuss what’s on your mind, you can contact the Positive Peers.

Peer Health Education: This team is trained to deliver health promotion through:

  • Thrive: A 3-part Student Minds programme designed to help you explore your wellbeing and self-care whilst building resilience.

Find out more about the Positive Peers and how to link up with them in our article Who are the Positive Peers?

Black Students Talk
After the success of the IoPPN-funded Black Students Talk (BST) Peer Support group pilot, we’re now running Black Students Talk to be offered to all students centrally through KCLSU Wellbeing.

BST is a peer support group that provides safe, supportive spaces for Black students to meet, share, learn and manage mental health and wellbeing. We are now recruiting 4 Black student peer support facilitators to undertake training to run these groups, which we’re hoping to launch in October.

Personal tutoring
Personal tutoring and other meetings with department staff will generally be held over Microsoft Teams. While not ‘in-person’ if you are both happy to use your camera, you can still have an element of face-to-face contact. You can ask your personal tutor or other staff members for a 1-2-1 meetings, and if it would be more helpful to you, you can ask your personal tutor for an ‘in-person’ meeting.

They will work with you as much as possible to find a suitable meeting time and date, considering timetables and the health and safety guidance on Staying Safe on Campus, or offer you a meeting with another suitable member of academic staff, if more appropriate.

To find out more about personal tutoring, visit our Student life category with a section dedicated to this topic.

King's Sport

King's Sport delivers a range of opportunities for students and staff to get involved in sport and physical activity, with an ambition to be the most active university in London. King's Sport has The Active Wellness Scheme is an initiative to help anyone within the King’s community who suffers from any mental or physical health issues through the use of exercise therapy. Take a look at our article for more information - King's Sport.

Student's Union - KCLSU
KCLSU are running a wide range of events and activities online which you can get involved in which will help you keep social and balance your studies with fun activities. You might also find our articles What wellbeing events are run by KCLSU? and What events are held by KCLSU for new and returning students? helpful.