Pause drop-in sessions



Current service announcement

Please note that during the current national lockdown period, Pause@UoB are continuing to offer a telephone support service, please see information below. We hope to return to face-to-face services as soon as we are able to. We will keep this page updated. 

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Need a space to talk about your feelings? Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus!

Pause@UoB is a drop-in service, that was originally in The Library Lounge, and is now providing support both face to face and through phone support.

Available up to your 25th birthday, you can talk to one of our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers.

Telephone support:

Available Monday - Friday10:00 – 17:00. You can register here.



Wellbeing Boost with Pause@UoB

Wednesdays 15:00-16:00

Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

This session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support.  You must sign up using your University of Birmingham email address.

Sign up via Eventbrite here, you will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Mind Craft with Pause@UoB

Thursdays 15:00-16:00

This session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. It will focus on why and when we can use Mindfulness to support good mental health in addition to tackling some myths associated with it. We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice. You must sign up using your University of Birmingham email address.

Sign up via Eventbrite here, you will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Every other Tuesday 13:30-14:30

Taking time out to read together, whether that be short stories or poems, is something we don’t often do, and positive benefits of doing this are often overlooked. Designed in collaboration with the Birmingham International Academy, this session is tailored for international students as an opportunity to connect with others and help develop your spoken English language. You must sign up using your University of Birmingham email address.

 Sign up via Eventbrite here, you will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Meet the team

Jane Thakoordin 

jane - Pause team memeber

Jane is the Hub Manager at Pause. Janes background is in social work,  she has always been committed to ensuring people receive the best quality services and help.  In her spare time she is an artist and spends time creating art work with her local community groups.

Jacqueline Maloney 

jacqueline - Pause team member

Jacqueline is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she has a strong background in mental health and care, and has worked in a variety of settings since 2005, including disability and empowerment, addiction and concurrent disorders, violence against women,  dementia and long-term care. Jacqueline’s interests include counselling, she enjoys helping people unpack their experience and interpretation of things and find ways to better navigate the world.

Rebekah Woodhouse 

Rebekah - Pause team memeber

Rebekah is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she enjoys meeting and supporting students and hearing about their studies. Rebekah is also interested in spirituality's impact on emotional wellbeing, as well as the effect of cross-cultural transitions.

Ellyse Rafferty 

ellyse - Pause team member

Ellyse is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, her interests are making mental health as much of a priority as physical health and suicide prevention. In her spare time Ellyse also enjoys crocheting.

Alice Miller 

Alice Pause team member

Alice is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause,  she enjoys meeting new students and hearing about their university experiences. Alice is an advocate for ensuring that everyone has access to the appropriate support, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

More about Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward Thinking Birmingham is the provider of mental health services for people up to the age of 25 in Birmingham.  The service offers support, care and treatment, making it easier for you to access the right support at the right time.  It is a partnership of organisations that have come together to support children, young people and families in Birmingham, and also works closely with the voluntary and community sector.

More about The Children's Society

The Children’s Society changes the lives of the country’s most disadvantaged children and teenagers by delivering frontline support services and campaigning for change. It works closely with a wide range of community and voluntary organisations to tackle poverty and neglect and is a lead researcher in the field of children’s emotional well-being.




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