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University Retreat

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University Retreat

University Retreat is a new mental health drop-in service for students from Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.

University Retreat offers a welcoming, safe space for any student who needs face-to-face support. If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health and potentially approaching a point of crisis, then this service is here to support you. You don’t need an appointment; simply come in and talk to one of our friendly team.

What is University Retreat?

University Retreat is open Monday to Saturday from 14.00 until 21.00. You can find it in the Tolpuddle Annex 2, on the edge of the BU campus next to Fusion building.

University Retreat is part of the Community Front Room (CFR) model, part of NHS Dorset Access Mental Health. CFRs are welcoming, informal, safe spaces where you can discuss your problems or take some time out. Staff won't offer medication or structured therapy, but rather self-management advice and support that helps you find the solutions to aid your recovery. University Retreat is staffed by support workers, volunteers and peer specialists - people with their own lived experiences of mental health issues.

University Retreat is a collaboration between AUB, BU, NHS, Dorset Mental Health Forum and the charity BCHA. AUB students designed and hand-painted the interior décor specifically to create a relaxed, welcoming space.

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