The World Mental Health Organisation recognises ‘World Mental Health Day’ on the 10 October every year.
Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time so this is a great day to take time to consider your own mental health and wellbeing.
This year’s theme is ‘workplace wellbeing’ and the College is hosting an event and activities throughout the day for students and staff.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Coming to College can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also provide extra challenges and stress, which may affect your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re going through a difficult time and are feeling anxious, it’s important to ask for help and support.
There are various ways you can access support:
• Speak to your GP
• Speak to your Guidance Tutor or a member of the Student Services Team
• Talk to family and friends
• Make use of the Student Chaplaincy and Counselling Service
• Speak to an ASIST Suicide Prevention Trained member of staff
If you feel you need urgent medical assistance you should dial 999, or contact Accident and Emergency services.
There are a number of external support agencies who can provide advice and support:
• Breathing Space – is a free and confidential phone and web bases service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depressions or anxiety. www.breathingspacescotland.scot Tel: 0800 83 85 87
• Living Life to the Full (LLTF) – www.llttf.com
• Sane – www.sane.org.uk Tel: 0300 304 7000
• See Me – See Me is an alliance of five mental health organizations and funded by the Scottish Government. Their vision is to end mental health stigma and discrimination. www.seemescotland.org Tel: 0141 530 1111
• SAMH – SAMH provides community based services for over 3000 people across Scotland, offering support, training and recovery for those experiencing mental health problems, addictions, homelessness and other forms of social exclusion. www.samh.org Tel: 0141 530 1000
• Samaritans – Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of despair, distress, or suicidal thoughts. www.samaritans.org.uk Tel: 116 123
• Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland – Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are raising awareness of LGBT rights in mental health services and have produced guidelines to help support this. LGBT Inclusive Mental Health Services guidance can be accessed using the link below: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/356012/lgbt_inclusive_mental_health_services.pdf
The College offers a Chaplaincy Service in the Quiet Room every Tuesday from 12-1pm. The Chaplains provide support, advice and guidance of an emotional or spiritual nature to all students and staff, of all faiths and none.
STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE
This service is for students who may be having a difficult time and would like one-to-one support to help explore their feelings and issues more effectively. The counselling sessions take place in the Quiet Room and if you would like to book a place, speak to your Guidance Tutor or a member of the Student Services Team. If you take up any counselling sessions, you should inform your GP of what is happening.
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AGREEMENT
The College is committed to supporting individuals who are experiencing mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. To this end, a Student Mental Health (SMH) Agreement has been adopted and a Student Mental Health Group set up to implement and develop the SMH Agreement.
Mental Health Agreement PDF
• Provide information and resources to guide and support College staff and the College Student Association in their planning in relation to teaching and learning, student support and staff and student development.
• Take full account of the needs of students experiencing mental health issues as well as the needs of both staff and other students who work and study with those experiencing these issues.
HELP IN COLLEGE
Several members of the college staff have undertaken Safe Talk, Suicide Talk and ASIST Suicide Prevention training. Please ask in the Advice Centre if you or someone close to you may be thinking of suicide.
National Health Service NHS 24
NHS 24 provides self-care advice for people in Scotland, if you’re ill and it can’t wait until your GP surgery opens call on 111. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find your nearest GP, Pharmacy, Sexual Health Clinic, Travel Clinic and Dentist in your area, click here: www.nhs24.com/findlocal/