Towards a Recovery Friendly University - Dr Wendy Dossett

Dr Wendy Dossett, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Chester, and HEART Ambassador.
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New ways to support students: Partnering with Student Space

This summer, we're delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Student Space. Created by Student Minds, the service provides a growing, diverse student and university population with access to a wide range of support services. With 1-2-1 sessions, group support, and free recovery ally training, we're glad to be on board. Read more on our website.
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Recovery Concepts: Coping with end of term stress

Late April, and that end of term stress might just be starting to kick in. Whether it's dissertation time, or the end of another year of study, it's a time when sleep, routine and emotion can get the best of anyone. Here are some useful recovery-based tips to help you through the next few weeks.
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Collegiate Recovery Day 2022

April 15 is officially #CollegiateRecoveryDay - worldwide! And while it may remain a far more prominent occasion in the US, than the UK, the conversation about student recovery is building.
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Young people in contact with treatment services falls again: latest OHID report

The Young people's substance misuse treatment statistics 2020 to 2021: report has just been published by @OHID
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Being Better Than Well at Birmingham University

Luke Trainor is the Project Manager of Better Than Well, a Collegiate Recovery Programme launched at The University of Birmingham in July 2021. In this article, he reveals the journey of challenge, learning and dedication that took him there.
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Think twice before you ask someone why they’re not drinking this Christmas Comment

Our marketing and comms lead, Simon, penned this timely article for Metro News this month. Discussing loneliness, socialisation, and recovery over the Christmas period,
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The views of recovery from the academic world - disclosing an alcohol recovery identity in academia

This academic article, by Victoria F. Burns, was published in summer 2021. It provides research and insight into the topic of recovery identities in an academic world.
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Adam Petson interviewed by The Independent

In October, Adam's thoughts on and insight into how UK universities approach the topic of students in recovery was published in The Independent.
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BBC Look North visit our On Campus Recovery project

Media intrigue around our collegiate recovery programme at Teesside University continues to build, as the cameras of BBC Look North visit us on site to take a look at what we've been doing.
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It was right in front of me, and I still couldn’t see it was addiction

Addiction isn't just a physical battle. Sometimes the mental side is far more overwhelming.
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HEART Forum Set for Launch

Our new platform is almost ready to launch! Become part of this new, safe, online community by registering your details.
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I realised I wasn’t drinking to socialise, but to mask what was really going on

As a mature student, the heavy drinking norms of freshers’ week have thankfully passed me by. However, growing up amidst the 90s rave scene normalised a lot of things for me that were, in reality, extremely damaging.
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Our conversation with BBC Radio Tees about recovery on campus

Adam Petson and Peter Da Silva discuss how the presence of recovery on campus can make a big difference to students, and how it is already working at Teesside University.
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Short story: I needed you

Writing can be therapeutic, for an abundance of reasons. Here, we have a short story, written by author and PR Consultant, Lucy Nichol. If you ever feel inspired to add your own creative writing to HEART, please do - we'd love to read it!
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10 top titles to read on addiction and recovery

Working with many recovery charities over the years, Recovery Connections and HEART PR Consultant, Lucy Nichol, noted 10 of the most inspiring reads she has come across, on the topics of addiction and recovery. Here, we see the 10 titles she covered, and a link to her vlog where she discusses them.
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SMART recovery

SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) Recovery can help people recover from all types of addictive behaviour.
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What is addiction?

Addiction in the context of substance overuse is defined as the recurrent use of a substance that leads to impairment or distress.
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Revision tips

When it comes to exam season, or even dissertation writing, everyone has their own unique way of being the most productive. It’s important during periods of stress that you look after yourself too, and we’ve pulled together some tips below to help you out:
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