Workshops and Groups



SMART Recovery Group


SMART Group 

The SMART group will resume on Wednesday 1st February 2023.

SMART takes place every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:00PM in the Beale Room, Aston Webb (find it at R7 on the campus map). 

You are very welcome to just turn up. If you would like to ask any questions about SMART Recovery, just drop us an email on

You can read more about SMART Recovery and what to expect at the meetings by reading the blog entry 'Getting help with addiction the SMART way'.  


Time to take back control with SMART Recovery at UoB! 

Struggling with addiction? To alcohol, drugs, phones, social media, porn, shopping….or anything that feels like it’s getting in the way of living your life.

SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training and is a group programme for anyone who is struggling with addiction. It provides science-based tools and techniques to help people in the 4 main points of SMART recovery – Building and maintaining motivation, Coping with Urges, Managing Thoughts, Feelings and behaviours and Living a Balanced Life.

You can find lots more information on SMART Recovery here: Self-Help Addiction Recovery | UK Smart Recovery



BlackChat Group

This group will commence on Tuesday 14th February 2023. 

Following the success of last year’s launch, BlackChat will be returning on Tuesday 14th February 2023 and will be running for 6 weeks. BlackChat is a therapeutic talking group which allows students to engage with each other in a safe space to connect, share, and together find helpful ways to manage mental health & wellbeing whilst at university through group discussions.

The group will run each Tuesday at 2pm-3:30pm in the Beale room starting from February 14th for students at University of Birmingham who identify as Black (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage).

The purpose: University students experience complex academic, psychological, social, emotional and financial pressures. Research shows that Black students in particular face specific additional pressures that can negatively impact mental health, overall university experience and outcomes.

What happens: BlackChat is facilitated by a Psychotherapist however it is student group. This group allows space for students to just “be”. The group works by free-flowing discussions, meaning there will be no set agenda by the facilitator. Students will be asked to “check-in” at the beginning of each group and from there the group will decide what will be explored week to week.

How to attend: Come as you are. There is no need to register, please turn up to the Beale Room (opposite the Student Hub, Aston Webb Building) Tuesday’s at 2pm. This is a drop-in group so you can attend as many as you wish. Spaces for each group are limited to 12 people, students arriving after capacity has been met will be asked to return the following week.

For more information, please email Sarah-Jane Otoo at:

Therapeutic talking group for black students to talk all things life and mental health. The group runs for 90 minutes every week, facilitated by a mental health professional. Starting on 14th February at 2:00 til 3:30 in the Beale Room, Aston Webb Building.




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