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Wellbeing at POLIS

The Department of Politics and International Studies is committed to the wellbeing of our students. We hope that all students have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at Cambridge; however we recognise that there may be times when it seems overwhelming, stressful or isolating.

There may be times at University when you need to speak to someone about an issue, no matter how big or small. Perhaps you have an issue you cannot discuss with friends, family or your tutor.

Signs and symptoms of mental health and wellbeing issues include:


  • Thoughts- difficulty concentrating; disruptive, interrupted or racing thoughts; difficulty making decisions; negative thinking; lack of self belief
  • Feelings- reduced self worth; prolonged sadness; rapid mood changes; anxiety; panic; increased irritability; feelings of being overwhelmed or out of control
  • Behaviour- lack of motivation; being tearful; less active; disorganisation; social withdrawal; difficulty falling or staying asleep; poor work/life balance; agitation
  • Physical- fatigue; lethargy; tremors or palpitations; difficulty breathing; weight loss or gain; lack of appetite


POLIS has created the role of Wellbeing Officer, who will assist in providing and directing students to resources and providing a confidential listening ear to students in need, as well as collecting regular feedback on wellbeing within the Department. If you are unsure where to turn, you can come and see our POLIS wellbeing contact to talk it over. The appointment will be completely confidential and will aim to break down the issues you are facing and get the support you require.

You can to arrange a confidential appointment. Further information can be found on the University's Student Wellbeing website.