Mrs Sarah Garlick

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About me

I attended UWE as a student in 1996, when, due to my own mental health issues and life experiences  I  regularly accessed the wellbeing service (at that time it was called The Counselling Service) for support. Following this I spent many years in retail honing my customer service skills (and igniting my passion for clothes)

I returned to education following the birth of my son and a change in direction. I studied at The University of Bristol achieving a Post Grad in Counselling, and spent many years in the voluntary sector including Mothers for Mothers, Mind and The National Bereavement Partnership. I also worked in an IAPT service, and taught on the Counselling Certificate prog at the City of Bristol College.

I returned to UWE in 2012 - as a receptionist in 'student services' which included the Wellbeing Service, amongst other services - moving for a short time to the Information Point.

Shortly after this I became a Specialist Wellbeing Mentor, working alongside and in depth with students experiencing mental health issues - working in partnership  to overcome perceived barriers and achieve innate potential.

Utilising my BACP registration I became a Senior Wellbeing Practitioner ( counselling) at UWE Wellbeing - triaging students accessing the service, providing counselling and duty practitioner support. I also held lead roles for the service; Equality and Diversity, Counselling and International Students.

Following a period of ill health I have a chapter published in a book called 'Surgical Menopause; Not Your Typical Menopause'  ed Helen Kemp and have become UWE Menopause Champion, working alongside colleagues in HR and LDC to co create Menochat - a space for sharing knowledge and experience. 

In my current role as Deputy Head Student Support (Wellbeing) its my hope to use my lived experience and my many years of experience working alongside students to meet the needs of our diverse student population, to enliven the wellbeing service within Student and Academic Services, forge new working partnerships and  link to the local community.

Please contact me if you would like a discussion about Student Mental Health issues - Students reaching their potential is my passion - I think I am a good example of how, with the right support, some hard work (and fabulous shoes) anything is possible.

Area of expertise


Student Mental Health
Female Health


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