If you’re worried about Covid or are struggling with loneliness, social anxiety, family difficulties or dealing with the loss of a loved one, we’d like to signpost the support available for anyone in need while the College is closed (19 Dec. 2020 – 04 Jan. 2021). College closure does not mean support is unavailable, so please reach out and use the resources below – click on the image to find out more
The Mental Health team offers support around practical, day to day solutions to various issues. It also supports students with existing mental health conditions, in addition to offering advice and support on the following:
Students Against Depression offers support for students at college and university who may be struggling with their mental health. It provides a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward if affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Visit the website for a range of free resources, expert advice and guidance.
Student Space is a website providing a range of health and well-being support for higher education students. It’s a safe, confidential resource that has been developed with students and experts in student well-being and mental health.
Find out more about Student Space here
Steven Panter – Safeguarding, Mental Health and Well-being Manager
Anthony Dunne – Mental Health Advisor
Lauren Smith – Mental Health Advisor
Students can be referred to the team in a number of ways. You can self-refer if you feel you need this. We have a strong relationship with progress leads and tutors across the College, who are also able to refer you to us after discussing with you.
Below is a short library of resources that highlight positive ways to maintain good health and well-being.
The college has a strong working relationship with key mental health support providers across the city and wider areas and is able to support you with referrals to these services. We will always discuss this with you first and the benefits each agency provides.
Tel: Crisis Line Support – 0151 296 7200
Tel: Psychological Support Line – 0151 473 0303
If you need immediate support, you can also attend your GP or local A & E department outside of office hours.
The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.
The aim of the Trust is to increase awareness of the signs and dangers of depression amongst young people and to encourage those who may be depressed to seek help. It also encourages those that are well to pick up the symptoms in others and persuade them to get help.
CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being.
Local areas have several different support services available. These might be from the statutory, voluntary, or school-based sector, such as an NHS trust, local authority, school, or charitable organisation.
Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives. Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Parents, carers, and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.
Kooth is one of the College’s key partners. Kooth is a transformational, digital mental health support service for 16-25 year olds. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists; no thresholds; no costs; and complete anonymity.
The College has worked closely with Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) for several years. The service is clinically managed and designed to support those of any age with mild to moderate need, while having the infrastructure to case manage individuals at risk. It is moderated 24/7 by trained practitioners who keep its members safe, and facilitates the process of people helping people in an online environment.
The following links provide additional support resources for students struggling with concerns about coronavirus: