Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing are just as important to us as your studies and achievement. We have a range of support services available for use during your studies. If you need advice and are not sure who to ask, just ask one of our Student Advisors to help signpost you. Services available include:

  • SilverCloud (24/7 online support tool)
  • Student Wellbeing Advisor
  • Student Counselling Service
  • It’s Ok Not To Be Ok – directory of external support services and helplines
  • ‘Gies a Break’ Cafe Conversations and Wellbeing Workshops (small group)
  • Sanctuary and Spiritual Care Service
  • Safeguarding
  • Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre
  • First Aid and AED



SilverCloud is an online tool that you may find useful help manage with any concerns you have around:

  • Anxiety,
  • Body Image,
  • Depression,
  • Resilience, or
  • Stress

Click here to create a free account on SilverCloud – use your student email address ( Note, the college uses an external partner to provide the SilverCloud service.

Click here to log in to your SilverCloud – use your student email address (


Student Wellbeing Advisor

Kirsty MacEwan is our Student Wellbeing Advisor. Kirsty support students across all of our campuses on a one-to-one, group or Cafe setting. In addition to the Gies-A-Break Wellbeing Cafe, Kirsty offers a range of Wellbeing workshops as well as leading the weekly ‘Walking for Health’ activities.

To find out more, contact Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Advisor (


Time4U Counselling

Time4U is our counselling service for students. Based on campus, Time4U provides an opportunity to take time out to talk to a qualified professional counsellor about any issue causing you concern. You will be listened to, will not be judged, will be helped to understand the way you feel and offered support to explore and find a way to move forward that works for you.

Appointments can be made through Student Advisory Services or direct with a Counsellor.

The direct-dial telephone numbers are:

  • Clydebank – 0141 951 7456
  • Greenock – 01475 553 151
  • Paisley – 0141 587 3378



It’s Ok Not To Be Ok

Download our directory of useful support contacts and helpline numbers


Wellbeing Cafe (‘Gies-A-Break’) & Wellbeing Workshops

The ‘Gies-A-Break’ Wellbeing Cafe is open to all students and is free. The service is run by our Student Wellbeing Advisor once per month in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley campuses, and will ‘pop-up’ in other campuses during the year.

There will be a different wellbeing theme or cafe conversation each month. There will also be guest speakers, leaflets,  advice and workshops/activities. You can join in the conversation or take some time out just to listen.

To find out more, contact Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Advisor (


Walking for Health (weekly walking event)

Taking time out to go for a walk or take part in another form of exercise can make a huge difference your health, wellbeing and studies. Our weekly Walking for Health events take place in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley and culminates in June 2020 in the ‘Big Fit Walk‘ event.

To find out more, contact Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Advisor (


Sanctuary and Spiritual Care

The Sanctuary is a neutral space where students can take time out for contemplation, thought, peace and prayer. Any student is welcomes to use this space, whether they belong to a particular faith or not. Our Sanctuary and Spiritual Care Team can offer guidance and support as required.




If you are at risk of harm, or are concerned about another student who is at risk of harming themselves or others, and are unable to report this to a member of staff, contact the campus reception desk who will then be able to summon a member of the college safeguarding team. Alternatively, you can email the safeguarding team direct.



Hate Crime

West College Scotland is a third party reporting centre for Hate Crime. A Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.



First Aid and Defibrillator (AED)

If you come across an incident requiring first aid and are unable to immediately find a member of staff to report this to; the campus reception is able to summon a first-aider to the scene or contact the emergency services. A defibrillator (or AED) is located at our reception desks in Clydebank, Greenock, Greenock Waterfront and Paisley campuses.

Tel: 0300 600 60 60 (reception) or 999 in the event of an emergency requiring an ambulance