You are not alone, you are important and it's ok to ask for help

Looking after your health & wellbeing

Looking after your mental health is really important, and while it is normal to feel worried or anxious from time to time, if you are starting to feel like things are getting too much, it’s important to speak to someone, whether that’s a friend, a family member, a tutor or a helpline. Whilst in College, you can speak to your tutor, personal advisor or a member of the Student Support Team.

Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling right now, it can change at any time, and it can affect how you cope with daily life.

Having good wellbeing doesn't mean you will be happy all of the time; it's normal to feel sad, low or angry sometimes.

Physical, social and emotional health all contribute to wellbeing. Good physical health is linked to exercise and fitness; emotional health includes feeling optimistic about life, having self-esteem, and managing different emotions, whilst social health links to interactions with other people and having a sense of belonging.

If your life, or someone else's life is in danger, call 999

Helpful Organisations

Below we have listed organisations that offer support all year round and will be available over the Christmas break. Please don’t feel alone, talk to someone. 

  • Young Minds Crisis Text: the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
  • Samaritans - for everyone, free number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 116 123
  • Mindmate - for under 18 year olds, information, games and sources of support to help you keep well and stay safe.
  • Mindwell - help, support and crisis information for for 18 - 25 year olds
  • Leeds Connect Helpline - for everyone in Leeds, every night of the year, 6pm to 2am, speak to a crisis support worker for an hour - 0113 260 9328
  • Safer Leeds - help available for domestic violence and abuse during the coronavirus outbreak
  • The Market Place - for 11-25 year olds in Leeds, taking referrals for long and short term counselling tel: 0113 246 1659
  • Andy’s Man Club - for men aged 18+, online help available until the club re-opens
  • Sign Health - Text DEAF to 85258 for text crisis support for deaf people 
  • Childline - for children and young people under 19, free number, the number won’t show up on your phone bill: 0800 1111
  • Papyrus - for people under 35, free number, Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm / Weekends 2pm to 10pm: 0800 068 41 41 / 07786 209697
  • Leeds Involving People - have set up a new hotline for anyone unable to leave their home because of coronavirus and are worried because they don’t have family or friends who can help, they can call 0113 378 1877.
  • Forward Leeds - drug and alchohol service for Leeds, supporting anyone who needs help, their helpline number is 0113 887 2477

Useful resources

What to do if you’re feeling anxious 

  • Young Minds  - packed with ways to help you cope with your feelings, special section on coronavirus.
  • Every Mind Matters - feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters can help with expert advice and practical tips
  • Mind & Coronavirus -  tips to help you cope, including ways to support yourself during winter.
  • Mind & Wellbeing - advice and support for mental health
  • Headspace Meditation - meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling
  • Calm Harm - app for smartphones which helps young people manage self-harm

During Term Time

The College's Safeguarding Officers are trained to talk to you about issues concerning self harm, suicide ideation, neglect, violence, sexual exploitation or abuse, maltreatment, mental ill health and forced marriages.

If you require further information please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team:

Charlotte Duffy – Student Safeguarding Manager and Contact for care experienced students
Mobile number: 07872 693424

Erika Un – Safeguarding Officer
Mobile Number: 07923 441720
0113 2226000 Ext 6927