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. In addition to the support provided by your Guidance Tutor, you will receive one-to-one emotional support by the Head of Student Services and Guidance and Support Advisor. They can help you access services through internal and external support agencies.
There is a mental health information point in the Library, where you will find information on a wide range of mental health issues. There are staff trained in Mental Health First Aid and ASIST – suicide intervention and prevention. A list of ASIST trained staff and how to contact them is on display in the Library and Advice Centre. For further information and support, speak to your Guidance Tutor or Student Services in the Advice Centre.
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
• Attend the free mindfulness classes that are offered on campus that run during lunch and at 4.45 pm
• 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.
HELP AND SUPPORT IN COLLEGE
QUIET ROOM AND CHAPLAINCY SERVICE
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.
The Quiet Room is for meditation, quiet reflection and the observance of religious belief.
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 in the Advice Centre. If you take up any counselling sessions, you should inform your GP of what is happening.
Several members of the college staff have undertaken Safe Talk, Suicide Talk and ASIST suicide prevention training. We want to support you if you’re going through a stressful or difficult time. If you or someone close to you may be thinking of suicide go to the Advice Centre where you will be able to speak to staff in confidence.
The College provides free weekly mindfulness classes, every Thursday, during term time. For further information, speak to Student Services in the Advice Centre.
What is mindfulness? And how can it help?
Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans’ centres’, and beyond. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/mindfulness/definition
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”
Students have access to a health and wellbeing video through the Student Portal, which provides information on all the support that is available.
To view the video, clink on: https://southlanarkshire.sharepoint.com/portals/hub/_layouts/15/PointPublishing.aspx?app=video&p=c&chid=166f0012-d218-433e-9f27-62f8d6196181&s=0&t=pfb
Ten ways to build your emotional resilience:
• See crises as challenges to overcome; not insurmountable problems
• Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family
• Accept that change is part of life, not a disaster
• Take control and be decisive in difficult situations
• Nurture a positive view of yourself – don’t talk yourself down or focus on flaws
• Look for opportunities to improve yourself: a new challenge, social situation or interest outside work. Set goals and plan ways to reach them
• Keep things in perspective: learn from your mistakes and think long-term
• Practice optimism and actively seek the good side of a bad situation
• Practice emotional awareness: can you identify what you are feeling and why?
• Look after yourself, through healthy eating, exercise, sleep and relaxation
e-LANARKSHIRE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Online resources for mental health and wellbeing. Many can benefit from using self-help booklets as an aid to understand the problems they are experiencing and learn new ways to help them deal with those problems. For further information, go to:
SEE ME SCOTLAND
See Me Scotland provide an emotional resilience toolkit that provides practical guidance in promoting the resilience of young people as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme. For further information, go to:
Online digital resources for youth wellbeing. Aye Mind has worked in collaboration with young people and workers to bring together a suite of positive digital resources and methods, for widespread use. For further information, go to:
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 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/
There are a number of external support agencies who can provide advice and support:
Breathing Space – is a free and confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression 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 organisations 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
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.
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.