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Student health, mental health & wellbeing

Support for your health, mental health and wellbeing is vital to us all. We have a team of staff available to offer guidance and support whenever you need them, and we’ll keep this page updated with hints, tips and information that we hope can support throughout your journey with us.

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Student health, mental health & wellbeing team

  • Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Advisor, based at Clydebank campus but supports students cross-campus
  • Lynsey Weir, Student Wellbeing Advisor, based at Paisley campus but supports students cross-campus
Counsellors
Support for students who have experience of being in care
  • Rachel Church, Care Experienced Student Support Worker, Cross-campus

Use the tabs within the page to discover more about the range of services available to support you, or email Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Advisor on Kirsty.MacEwan@wcs.ac.uk

Support during the Winter Break

We have reached the end of what has been an extraordinary year for everyone. We hope you are looking forward to a well deserved break! 

However, we know that for many, Christmas can bring added worry. Even though the college is closed until 6th January 2021, help and support is still available. If you feel like things are getting too much, you can get help:

  • SilverCloud
Available to 24 hours a day, SilverCloud is an online support tool for students experiencing anxiety, depression, stress and more.

To access, you will need to use your student email address (studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk)

Register at https://wcs.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/

Login at https://wcs.silvercloudhealth.com/

  • Breathing Space
Free and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed

Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am and Friday to Monday, 6pm to 6am

 📞 0800 83 85 87

https://breathingspace.scot/ 

  • Samaritans
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feeling  📞 116 123

https://www.samaritans.org/ 

  • Shout (SMS Service)
Available 24 hours a day by SMS Text Message, Shout 85258 is a free, confidential text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Send an SMS Text Message with the word SHOUT to 85258 to access. The service is free of charge on most UK mobile networks.

https://giveusashout.org/

  • Shelter Scotland
You don’t have to be living on the street to be homeless. You may be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, staying in a hostel, or living in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation.  📞 0800 027 1234

http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/

  • Rape Crisis Scotland
The National Helpline is normally open from 6pm to midnight, 7 days a week, and offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information.

The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support.

📞 0808 8 01 03 02

https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

  • Women’s Aid
If you feel scared of your partner or if you are worried about someone you know, get in touch with Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 📞 0800 027 1234

https://womensaid.scot

http://sdafmh.org.uk

  • DrinkAware
If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol there is lots of help available. You can find some useful links and phone numbers by clicking on the links to the right. https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/support-services/alcohol-support-services 
  • Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services
https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/know-who-to-turn-to/alcohol-and-drug-recovery-services/

Inverclyde Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Service 01475 715353

Renfrewshire Drug Service 0141 618 2585

East Renfrewshire Community Addiction Services 0141 577 3368

Clydebank 0141 562 2311

Dumbarton Joint Hospital 01389 812 018

  • Who Cares? Scotland
National voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland.

Helpline open Monday to Friday, 12noon to 4pm.

📞 0330 107 7540

https://www.whocaresscotland.org/the-helpline/ 

  • Loneliness and Befriending
For some, this year in particular, could be a time when loneliness is a real factor.

There is support over during the winter break from a number of organisations.

  • Text the word SHOUT to 85258 [LINK], or
  • Visit the Befriending website [LINK], or
  • Samaritans 📞 116 123
  • Visit the EDVA befriending website [LINK]

Specialist services:

Our normal college support services will be back when the college re-opens on 6th January:

From everyone at West College Scotland, we wish you a very peaceful holiday and look forward to seeing you back at college when we reopen on 6th January 2021!

Helping Hand

Unsure about how you are feeling about starting college?  Would you like to talk over any concerns you may have about your Wellbeing & Studies?  Then ‘Helping Hand’ could be just the thing you need.

Kirsty MacEwan - Student Wellbeing Advisor

I’m Kirsty MacEwan, the Student Wellbeing Advisor. Helping Hand is available every Wednesday during term weeks.  It’s a one-to-one service that offers support, encouragement and reassurance when you need it.  You can book the service as and when needed. Whether you need five minutes or the full hour, it’s up to you.

When you book your appointment, you can let me know if you would like to speak by telephone or through Microsoft Teams.

> Click here to book your appointment

You can find out more about the Health & Wellbeing Services I offer by clicking here.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Introduction to Mindfulness and the C.A.L.M. Curriculum

This guided introduction to Mindfulness is by Sandra Docherty. Sandra is not only a Beauty Lecturer at West College Scotland, but a mindfulness practitioner.  We hope that this video provides a short insight into the benefits of mindfulness.

Mindfulness the Breath

Sandra Docherty once again provides an insightful guide to mindfulness meditation, visualisation and positive affirmations, which provide strength and calm.

Mindfulness Hand Focus

This is Sandra’s third mindfulness guided meditation which allows you to bring attention to a part of the body, so that you can concentrate and start to feel a sense of grounding and calm.

Shrinking Stress

This explores the differences between stress and distress and allows the viewer to lower their stress levels.

Colour Breathing

Session 5 – Colour Breathing – This session uses the visualisation of colour as a way to bring calm and inner peace

C.A.L.M.  is a tool to help students and staff cope with the demands of online learning/teaching or any anxiety about being in the college environment. The technique can be used at the start, during or at the end of a lesson and encourages engagement with C.A.L.M.

  CARE for yourself and others

  ATTITUDE with positive focus

  LISTEN without negative self-talk

  MINDFULNESS practice to improve wellbeing

​Further information will be available on how to book a C.A.L.M. session on conclusion of the pilot.

COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.

We know that many of our students will be feeling anxious about the virus and you may be confused about hearing different advice. The college has useful advice and information here. The Health Protection Scotland (HPS) website is a useful resource.

Also go to NHS.UK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.

Click here to book an appointment now

Counselling Service

TIME4U

The counselling service for students is known as TIME4U. Staffed by a team of professional counsellors based in each of our campuses, we’re here when you need us. For more information or to book an appointment, click here.

If you need to access a service outside normal college hours, external services providers include:

  • shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. To begin, text shout to 85258 or visit https://giveusashout.org/
  • Breathing Space is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call 0800 83 85 87 or visit https://breathingspace.scot/
  • Samaritans – people contact us with all sorts of concerns and what might be a small issue to you may be huge to someone else. You could be going through something new or have been struggling to cope for some time, either way, we’re here if you feel you need some extra support. Call 116 123 for free or visit https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland

Silvercloud

silver cloud

SilverCloud Online cCBT Resource

All West College Scotland students have access to SilverCloud. There are six modules to choose from:

  • Anxiety
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module
  • Body Image
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module
  • COVID-19 
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module
  • Depression
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module
  • Resilience
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module
  • Stress
Register for SilverCloud Log in to module

If you have used SilverCloud before, click on the Log in to module from the list above.

If you have not used SilverCloud before, follow the four instructions below:

  1. Click on Register for SilverCloud then scroll down the page and select one of the six modules.
  2. Register with your student email account (studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk)
  3. When you have completed the registration process, you will need to verify by logging into your student email account in MyDay or at https://outlook.office.com and clicking on the verification link in the email from SilverCloud
  4. Click on the Log in to module from the list above

If you have any problems in accessing SilverCloud, email StudentServices@wcs.ac.uk with your Student ID Number.

Helpful Information

Helpful Information


It’s Ok not to be Ok

> Download our handy directory of services

A – Z directory

We are currently updating the section below

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Alcohol:

Anxiety:

B

Bereavement:

Body Image:

Bullying:

C

Carers:

Care Experienced:

C.A.L.M. Curriculum:

Counselling:

COVID-19:

Cyber-bullying:

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Depression:

Domestic Abuse:

Drug Addiction :

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Eating Disorders:

Estranged from Family:

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Financial Advice:

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Health Worries:

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Identity:

Illness:

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K

L

LGBTQ+

M

Mental Health:

Mindfulness:

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O

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Physical Abuse:

Q

R

Relationship Issues:

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Safeguarding:

Self-Harm:

Sexual Health:

Sexual Identity:

Social Media:

Sleep:

Stress:

Struggling to cope:

Suicidal thoughts:

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Veterans:

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Weight:

X

Y

Z

Some other helpful advice can be found in the documents below

West College Scotland – Student Wellbeing Policy

Mindfulness – a helpful guide to explain what mindfulness is and some breathing exercises that can help you find your inner calm.

How to work without face 2 face teaching – Hints and tips for studying at home during this unprecedented time.

Mobile Phone Apps for Mental Health – A list of useful apps that can help support your mental health during this time.

New Things to try during Isolation – ideas for new things to try while in isolation.

Social Media – A guide exploring how to keep yourself safe on social media during these times.

Things to do with Kids – ideas for entertaining the kids during isolation

Routine – Information on the importance of keeping a routine and the importance it has on your mental health and wellbeing.

Recipe websites – A guide to recipe websites

Fitness – Ways to Keep your fitness level up

Free Online Activities – Things to do that don’t involve a cost

Mental Health Support for Males– Some useful links and websites that specifically support men with their mental health.

Money Saving Tips During Covid-19 –  Check out these money saving tips from Martin Lewis that could save you money during this difficult time.

Things You Can and Cannot Control During Isolation – During these difficult times it’s easy to worry and focus on the things that we can’t control during this crisis.  We hope this diagram shows how to separate and differentiate between the things we can control and the things we can’t.

Togetherall is an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.

Scottish Government Resource Pack on Improving Young People and Children’s Wellbeing – In this resource pack which was created by The Scottish Government and Children in Scotland, you can find a wealth of activities for young people and children that can develop their wellbeing.

Fraud Warning – The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team has produced some helpful materials to help promote scams awareness around COVID-19 scams at this difficult time. Please click here to find out more.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Information

NUS

Domestic Abuse and Gender based violence (GBV) is a major public health, equality and human rights issue. It covers a spectrum of violence and abuse, committed primarily but not exclusively against women by men. This includes, but is not limited to

  • domestic abuse
  • rape and sexual assault
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • stalking and harassment
  • commercial sexual exploitation
  • harmful practices – such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ based violence.

Local organisations that can provide support if you are being subjected to Domestic Abuse

West Dunbartonshire

  • Dumbarton District Woman’s Aid – 01389 751036
  • Rape Crisis Glasgow and Clyde – 08088 00 00 14

Renfrewshire

  • Renfrewshire Woman’s Aid – Tel: 0800 025 7603
  • Rape Crisis Glasgow and Clyde – 08088 00 00 14

Inverclyde

  • Inverclyde Woman’s Aid – Tel: 01475 888505
  • Rape Crisis Glasgow and Clyde – 08088 00 00 14

Websites

Sexual Health

Sexual Health Information

NHS Inform

This video gives insight on how to access sexual health services and what type of help and support can be offered to you during this time.  Remember, don’t be fearful or embarrassed to seek support!

Sexual Health Services in your Area – The link below will let you find what sexual health services are available in your area and where to go for information and support.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/ypsexualhealth

Sandyford – Free Condom Service

The Sandyford are offering a free online service where you can get condoms sent directly to you during the COVID-19 crisis.  More information can be found by clicking on this link https://www.sandyford.scot/sexual-health-services/free-condoms/

Sex Social Distancing and Corona Virus

Concerned about sex and COVID-19, The Sandyford offers information about these and many other sexual health questions during this crisis https://www.sandyford.scot/covid-19-advice/

Concerned About your Sexual Health

If you are concerned about your sexual health, have a look at the information provided here by The Sandyford.  The page provides detailed information about emergency contraception, testing and treatment of STD’s.  https://www.sandyford.scot/sexual-health-services/

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

LGBT Health and Wellbeing are running a LGBT Helpline every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12-9pm.  The helpline can provide information on anything from sexual health, support organisations, agency support and much, much more.  They also run an e-mail and live chat service.  Check out this link for details on how to get in touch https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/services-support/helpline/

Fitness

Fitness

Over the next few weeks we will be signposting resources to look after your physical fitness during the COVID-19 outbreak. This will include fitness classes online as well as links providing guidance and tips.

Couch to 5k – Check out the “Couch to 5k” podcasts here (remember your social distancing): Click HERE for details

The Green Goddess is back – catch up with Diana Moran’s daily exercise ideas aimed at the over 70s:

Click HERE or live every morning on the BBC Breakfast News

Virtual Walking Game – A free virtual walking game that is not only great exercise but also a way to stay connected.  It open to all and is particularly suitable for the over 70s:  Join them by signing up at: https://worldwalking.org/

Joe Wicks PE Lesson – A fun exercise routine at 9am every morning – for kids and adults alike!

You can find him on YouTube.  Just type in Body Coach TV YouTube Chanel

Strictly’s Ian Waite – Join Strictly’s Ian for some fun / free fitsteps at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings live from his living room. You can find him on Facebook Live

WCS Yoga Bodies – Every Tuesday at 12pm via Zoom

Local Authorities

Services for Inverclyde

https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/covid-19/ 

Services for Renfrewshire

http://renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Services for East Renfrewshire

https://eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Services for West Dunbartonshire

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Home Schooling Tips & Resources

Online Resources for Home Schooling

BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – Has lots of videos, quizzes and lessons for children and teenagers.  Also broadcasts lessons for younger children.  CBBC will also be broadcasting educational programmes for younger school age children.

BBB 2 will also be broadcasting from 9am until 12pm to support the GCSE curriculum.

Brain Pop

 https://www.brainpop.com/ animated videos on topics in maths, science and English.

Creative Bug

https://www.creativebug.com/ Craft Lessons from jewellery making to origami. Lots of ideas for things to make and do.

Curriculum Based Learning

Remember there could be online services that your child’s school has access to.  It’s worth contacting the school to see if access to these services can be made available to you and your children.

Oak Education

https://www.thenational.academy/ Provides 1000’s of free lessons and resources

Parent Kind

https://www.parentkind.org.uk/Parents/Free-learning-resources-for-children  – Provides free learning resources for children, right up to secondary school age

Tynker

https://www.tynker.com/  – Free coding lessons for Kids.

Virtual COVID-19 Friendly Field Trips Around the World

Huge thanks to Ben, Claire and Jennifer for suggesting virtual field trips – a great way to explore a wide variety of land and aquatic animals, famous works of art and other museum favourites, help us learn and see amazing things in space, and so much more!

You tube Free School

https://www.youtube.com/user/watchfreeschool/playlists  – Fabulous resource that has lots of educational programmes for children of all ages.

Home Schooling Tips and Resources for Parents

Teaching your kids at home can be challenging, however we hope the following tips will help you with your child’s learning.

  1. Stick to a routine

Keeping to a routine will prove invaluable over the next few weeks of uncertainty, including breaks where parents can plan fun things to do with their children.

Try and keep the structure of your days in-line with your children’s school timetable as much as possible. Even if you’re not using the time explicitly for academic studies.

  1. Let children learn at their own pace

A of benefit of home schooling (yes there are some!) is that children who grasp a concept quickly aren’t held back and those who need more time have a chance to fully understand their work.  Allow your child to voice if they are handling the pace of study, as this will allow you to move at a pace that suits them.  Rather than feeling that your child should be moving through certain subjects quickly which puts pressure on you and your child.

  1. Make your child the teacher

Letting children teach stops the learning process from becoming boring and helps keep them interested in studies.

​One of the best ways to do this is use an online resource and go to a specific topic that your children need to study.

Then compile the resources that they need and ask them to go away for an hour and write notes and draw pictures related to the topic. Once your child has have done this, ask them to come back and present the information to you

Not only will your child get a sense of achievement, but it will also help them retain information without learning in a ‘traditional’ manner.

  1. Show an interest in your child’s work

Take an interest in what your child is studying. If parents engage with topics and tasks this will inspire children to work harder.

  1. Keep active

Making sure that both you and your kids spend some time exercising is a great way to keep you feeling motivated and productive!

Don’t worry if you don’t have access to an outside space – there are lots of exercises online which you can do indoors to get those endorphins pumping.  Remember Joe Wicks is back with his daily PE classes! 😊

  1. Have an outside person to mark your child’s work

Ask someone who isn’t a family member to look over your child’s work.  Ask your child’s teacher for feedback on their work to make sure you are on the right track!

  1. Limit screen time

It’s a good idea to set ground rules early on for children about how much time they’re allowed in front of a screen, no matter how hard it may seem.

Try and avoid letting your kids spend all day long on their phones or laptops, especially if they are looking at social media, as this can fuel feelings of isolation and anxiety.