Student Wellbeing Advisor
Hello, I’m Kirsty, one of the Student Wellbeing Advisors. From May 2021, Lynsey Weir will be joining me as a fellow Student Wellbeing Advisor.
Whether it’s an informal chat, advice or help to access other services, both Lynsey and I offer a friendly ear to listen, guide and support you and your wellbeing.
Below are some of the ways we can support you.
Helping Hands: one-to-one advice
Helping Hands is a one-to-one service that gives you the opportunity to have an informal chat and seek advice. I offer this service by phone or Microsoft Teams each Wednesday. Use the booking link to chose a date and time that suits you.
◊ Click here to book an appointment now – when you book, you’ll book by campus but remember this is a phone or Microsoft Teams based support service. Do not come into campus for your appointment.
Wellbeing Workshops: small groups
Throughout the year, I’ll be offering a range of themed workshops for groups of up to 10 students at a time. Some of the workshops will be offered online using Microsoft Teams; some will be offered on-campus in a space that allows for social distancing and for current government guidelines to be adhered to. Each workshop lasts approximately 1-hour. The themes and frequency of workshops change depending on the needs of students. Examples of themed workshops include:
- Stress Busters
- Money worries
- “If only I had More Time”
- “Getting things into Perspective”
- “Be Good to Yourself”
- “What Next?”
COVID-19: Services to support Your Health & Wellbeing
- Helping Hand
- Counselling Service (TIME 4U)
- Helpful Information
- Domestic Abuse
- Home schooling Tips & Resources
- Sexual Health
- Local Authorities
- Support during the winter break
Gies-a-Break Café Conversations
The Gies-a-Break Café Conversations have been a hugely successful part of the Student Wellbeing Service over the past few years. Many students have participated and gained the confidence to speak to others in a relaxed and informal environment whilst enjoying a light lunch and a cuppa. However, in these strange times, the café needs to be rested and efforts focussed on other ways of supporting you and your wellbeing.
SilverCloud, Shout and other services
If you need out-of-hours advice and support with issues such as abuse, anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed and are unable to wait to speak to me or one of our Counsellors, you can access any of the following services:
- shout – free support service that uses text messages. To get started, text shout to 85258 or visit the shout website
- Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87
- Samaritans – 116 123
- It’s Ok Not To Be Ok – guide with useful services and contact numbers
I am also a member of the safeguarding team for students. If you’re worried about your wellbeing and feel you are at risk of harm or harming others, or you’re worried about the wellbeing of another student, you can speak to me. If there are no appointments available today, please email email@example.com and me or another safeguarding team member will contact you.
Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy