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Student Welfare and Awareness Network (SWAN)


Welcome to the Student Welfare Awareness Network at University of Sussex!

University is a huge change for many people. All students will face difficulties and challenges at some point during their degree. At these times, you may feel overwhelmed and very stressed. It is important to remember that you are not alone, and there are many services available to you both on and off campus. 
This group is student-led by students who have lived experience being a University of Sussex student. We understand the difficulties and challenges that students face every day, both with academic studies and extracurricular activities.
We will not tell you what to do, but we will be there for you if you feel you need to talk to somebody and we will listen carefully to your experiences. Our aim is to help and support you during your time at university, and we will give you the time you feel you need in order to move forward. 
If you have any further queries about our group, or need to contact one of the facilitators, please email us or send us a direct message on our Facebook page.


What is Peer Support?

Peer support is a dynamic and reciprocal understanding between people, founded on unique life journeys. At different times we may experience challenges and troubles, which can cause discomfort, sadness and fear. 
Peer support is different from professionally-led services; no person's experience is more important than another, which is the wonderful aspect of mutuality.
As facilitators, we will not give you advice, but we will listen carefully to your concerns and give you the time to express yourself. 
This peer support group provide a space whereby individuals draw upon their own past experiences to empathise with others who may be going through similar emotional distress.

Other Services Available To You

There are numerous support services currently available on campus.

Please visit the following link for further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/students/support/ 

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