Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Coming to college can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also bring 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 lots of 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 services
•    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.

Here are a number of external support agencies who can provide advice and support:

Breathing Space  

T:  0800 83 85 87
is a free confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

See Me  

T: 0141 530 1111
See Me is an alliance of five mental health organisations and funded by the Scottish Government.  Their vision is to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

SAMH

T: 0141 530 1000
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.

Samaritans       

T: 08457 90 90 90
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of despair, distress, or suicidal thoughts.

 

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.

Student Mental Health Agreement

Our Commitment

We will:

  • 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.

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.

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.

Health

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/