We are making it easier for students to access mental health support in and out of college.
If you are worried about your mental health and wellbeing you can come to our wellbeing drop in sessions run by the wellbeing mentor, Catherine Tranter. The drop in takes place on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursday 11.30-1pm during term time . This support is currently offered by email, telephone, video call or hangouts text support. Please email the team for up to a date information on how to access this support on email@example.com. Follow the link below for more information on support options and a link to our referral from: https://wellbeing-luminate.nw.r.appspot.com/.
Once you have completed the referral form one of the team will contact you to arrange an assessment appointment (appointments last up to 50 minutes. We are currently offering appointments over the phone or a video call via google hangouts). They will as you some question to find out what support would be most helpful to you and give you space to talk about what is worrying you. They will then make a plan together as to next steps.
Did you know you can access free counselling online? Kooth is freely available for 11-18 year olds in Leeds, Bradford and Craven and Harrogate. See their website for further details: https://www.kooth.com/
Need someone to talk to? Shout Crisis Messenger is open 24/7 - text 85258 if you need support:
Find out up to date information on support services in Leeds and how they are operating during lockdown on Mindwell:
The Market Place in Leeds are offering 30 minute telephone support appointments between 3 - 6pm every Tuesday and Wednesday for ages 11 - 25. They are also offering pre booked face to face drop in sessions for ages 11 - 25. See the link to book a slot:
Groups to help you connect
Mental health and disabilities group
This group meets every Tuesday afternoon to talk about mental health and disability topic from depression and anxiety to autism. This is a student run support group and is open to anyone who is seeking more information and peer support about mental health. These are past presentations the group have put on that include helpful information about managing your mental health. To join the group head to their hangout chat here: https://hangouts.google.com/group/bkWdNZVdxoxAiQkM8
Tips for getting by
If you are struggling with anxiety you can download the Clear Fear app for free to help you manage how you are feeling: https://www.clearfear.co.uk/
If you are finding self - isolation difficult then Young Minds have written a blog with some useful tips on how to look after your mental health during this time: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating
Mindfulness techniques can help when we feel anxious or worried. Mindwell’s website has some useful resources:
Feeling overwhelmed? Try this to help stay grounded - find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can touch.