Peer Wellbeing Mentors

Your Peer Wellbeing Mentors are current ARU students who are here to help you through your university experience, available on campus and online.

The mentors deliver a range of social activities and campaigns throughout the year to promote positive wellbeing and the opportunity to meet other students. They also provide you with advice and guidance on a range of topics/issues and signpost to services within the University.

The Peer Wellbeing Mentors provide a listening service, drop in sessions, fun activities and events, info on ARU Counselling and Wellbeing Services, kitchen meetings with students, and they run the ARUTogether Facebook page.

You can email the Peer Wellbeing Mentors on your campus if you have any questions or want to talk about anything.

Just email chelmsmentor@aru.ac.uk or cambsmentor@aru.ac.uk

You can also contact them, take part in their online activities and follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/arutogether

Meet our Peer Wellbeing Mentors

Leah Arbon

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Social Work
Nationality: British

“For me being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor means being a support for students who need it and a friendly face for others to turn to so they don’t feel alone. I take great pride in the wellbeing of others and making sure that they’re okay.

Tips: Don’t overwork yourself, you will tire yourself out and will not be able to do things to the best of your ability and it can also damage your mental health.”


Sarah Armstrong

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Forensic Science
Nationality: British

“I wanted to be a Peer Wellbeing Mentor so I can help and support my peers and I am so excited to get the chance to do so! I hope I can be a friendly face to all, making everyone feel comforted and included.

Tips: It’s important to take a step back and truly reflect on situations. Often I have found that what I’m worrying or concerned about, upon reflection, isn’t as big of a mountain that I originally thought it was.”


Farzaneh Bahramzadeh

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Law
Nationality: Iranian

“This role gives me motivation and hope to be able to help all students to get back to the normal life we had before Covid. It’s beneficial for students to know we are here, whenever you need us, either virtually, or face-to-face. It’s exciting to meet again in person! So, get in contact and have a chat.

Tips: Look at Silver Cloud, an excellent online self-help programme that is available to all ARU students. It’s beneficial to help you think and feel better about yourself and to manage your anxiety, etc."
“Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” -Anonymous


Daisy Drieu

Daisy Drieu

Campus: Cambridge
Course: Psychology and Criminology
Nationality: English

“I became a Peer Wellbeing mentor right at the start of my studies as I loved the idea of being part of a group of people who’s only objective is to look out for our Peers, and continue to build the great sense of community at ARU.

Tips: Get involved with as many fun and engaging activities as you can, as it is a great way to relieve stress and make friends.”


Mila Koleva

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Nationality: British

“I feel incredibly privileged to be a Peer Wellbeing Mentor at ARU because not only does it feed my passion for helping other students but it also makes me happy to be a part of a community that sincerely cares about the wellbeing of others. 

Tips: I have learned numerous tips and tricks along the way that have helped me reach a healthy place. My favourite one is the ‘five-year-old me technique’. If you ever find yourself being overly self-critical and mean to yourself, think of it as though you are saying all these things to your five-year-old self. Immediately, you’ll have the urge to take all those words back and respond to yourself in a much more compassionate way.”


Amy Richards

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Crime and Investigative Studies
Nationality: British

“This role means that I can help other students to find the services and resources that ARU has, as well as supporting other students during stressful times when some extra support might be needed. By using us, the Peer Wellbeing Mentors' fellow students should be able to manage their mental health more effectively and be aware of where they can go if they need help.

Tips: If you're struggling with your mental health try talking to people close to you about it whether a family member or friend and always use ARU’s wellbeing team."


Tina Curwen

Tina Curwen

Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Medicine
Nationality: English

“Being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor is a privilege, to have the opportunity to work with lots of students and meet people from all different backgrounds it great. I get to offer support to students which is very rewarding – especially when you see the positive impact it has.

Tips: Tips: Don’t suffer in silence and ask for help if you need it – There are lots of avenues of support available if you need it.”


Krishna Charit

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Sports and Exercise Science
Nationality: Indian

“I have always believed in helping others, you help yourself too and realise you’re growing alongside them as well. You can think of the Peer Wellbeing Mentors as the helpful student next door. 

Tips: : It is really important for you to accept who you are and just as the old saying goes ‘never ever give up’.”


Robinson Limbu

Robinson Limbu

Campus: Cambridge
Course: Biomedical Science
Nationality: Nepalese

“Being a Peer Mentor means I want to engage with you in any way I can by offering any help or service to you with regards to the city, the University and your mental health as well as fitness.

Tips: Use our FIKA app, where so many great advices and information are available for you to look after your well-being.”


Joshua Olasehinde

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: International Business Management
Nationality: British African

“Being a Wellbeing Peer Mentor allows me to help tackle current issues students face. 

Tips: Be the change you wish to see’ and 'put your metal health first'."


Thiluksha Raviekumar

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Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Law
Nationality: Italian

“I enjoy the opportunity to support fellow students through their tough times and be there for them. I hope to help students develop the skills and their confidence, making them confident to ask for help and understand that they are not alone in this, as well as improving ARU environment.

Tips: You are strong enough to handle your challenges, wise enough to find a solution to your problems, and capable enough to do whatever needs to be done.”


Viktorija Blumberga

Viktorija Blumberga

Campus: Cambridge
Course: Business Management
Nationality: Latvian

“Being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor is a purpose. I felt like I was missing ARU go-to people when I first started; people who can signpost where I should go with my concerns and relate to the aspects of being a student. I am happy I can play this role for students!

Tips: I love to stick quotes everywhere so I will lead with a phrase which helps me to get through times of uncertainty and moments where life feels like a bumpy road: "May you always bounce on the trampoline of life!"”


Gabriella Otakponmwenhi

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Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Medicine
Nationality: British

“To be a Peer Wellbeing Mentor means that I can be a friendly shoulder my fellow students can lean on. University and life in general can be extremely stressful. It’s important to know who you can go to and resources you can access to ensure that you are fully supported. As the saying goes, “a problem shared is a problem halved.”

Tips: Try to make a to do list. It can really help you to prioritise your tasks and give you more time to do the things you love.”


Emily Taylor

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Sociology and Criminology
Nationality: British

“Mental health is often overlooked and not taken seriously. This is why I chose to become a Peer Wellbeing Mentor to provide love and support to those who feel unnoticed in the hope of creating positive change. Engaging with Peer Wellbeing Mentors and the activities we are involved in can help you feel seen and heard, as well as teaching positive ways to manage any problems you or those around you may be facing.”

Tips: Never suffer in silence, reach out and get your feeling heard, while this may be scary it is definitely worth it.”


Abhijith Ramesh (Abi)

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Computer Science
Nationality: Indian

“University work can be exhausting, especially with the pandemic going on around us. If I can make these times bearable and maybe even hopeful for at least some of my peers, that would be an accomplishment to be proud of.”


Ramatu Musa

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Nursing
Nationality: Nigerian

“Being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor provides me with the opportunity to support students as they balance university work, their social lives and mental lifestyle. To be able to stand as a pillar of support to these students to successfully see them through their uni life and more.

Tips: “Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden.”


Jaye Abel

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Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Midwifery
Nationality: British

“I love supporting and helping others, and through the Peer Mentor scheme I am able to encourage others to meet new people, get self-care tips and direct them to other services that may help them! We can provide a non-judgemental service for all your questions and just the chance to chat with someone who understands how stressful uni (and life) is! Plus socialising with people outside your course is always a good idea!

Tips: Get outside whenever you can, remember uni is about having fun as well as learning, always ask for help, there is no shame in it.”


Lucy Loughran

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Campus: Cambridge
Course: Child Nursing
Nationality: British

“Being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor means helping others who need it, being a friendly face for people to come and talk to with confidence.

Tips: Take time for yourself and put yourself first. Speak out and never keep your feelings bottled up. 'Everything will be alright in the end, you’ll see' - Mrs Potts, beauty and the beast.


Ayomide Oduntan (Ayo)

Ayomide Oduntan

Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Medical Science
Nationality: British

“I believe a Peer Wellbeing Mentor is someone that can interact and empathise with a diverse range of people. Being a mentor gives me an opportunity to speak with different students and people I may never have come across. I’m able to show my friendly nature, speak to people as well as listen to them and make them feel comfortable which I truly enjoy.

Tips: Find hobbies that help you to release stress or make you feel happier e.g. going on walks, exercise, cooking/baking, meditation, prayer, shopping, going out with friends. Headspace is a helpful app that helps with meditation and relaxation.”


Olivia Gansallo

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Campus: Chelmsford
Course: Medical Science
Nationality: British

“University can be one of the most stressful times in a young adult’s life, being a Peer Wellbeing Mentor means that I can help students like myself, see a light at the end of the tunnel, and have someone to talk to when they need it.”

Tips: Make time for the things you enjoy! Your hobbies and interests are one of the things which define you as a person. There may be hundreds of deadlines but make sure you’re still making time for yourself as well as work.”

 

More ways to look after yourself

Mental fitness

Maintain your mental fitness with the FIKA app and thrive at university.

Improve your mental fitness

6 Ways to Wellbeing

Follow the 6 Ways to Wellbeing and spend some positive time focusing on yourself.

Follow the 6 Ways to Wellbeing

Wellbeing workshops

Don’t wait until you’re experiencing hard times to come to our workshops. Come along now and understand how to manage your thoughts and feeling and succeed in your studies.

Find a wellbeing workshop for you

SilverCloud

Silvercloud is an online program to help you understand your experiences and improve your wellbeing.

See how Silvercloud can help you

Want to talk to someone?

The Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to all students at ARU and offers a free and confidential service to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Cambridge: 01223 698276
Chelmsford: 01245 684271
Monday to Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 9am–4.30pm

Need emergency help?

If you need emergency help, please take action straight away. If you’re worried about your safety, call 999 or take yourself to A&E.

Emergency help and crisis support