Students get mentally healthy

The buzz about caring for our mental health is only getting bigger since World Mental Health Day (10 October). Now Glasgow Clyde College and SAMH have launched a Mentally Healthy College Community.

The initiative was announced earlier this year, and in just four months, over 200 college staff have been trained to support the mental health issues of students. This is a pioneering move to ensure students are cared for in times of stress, anxiety and mental health difficulties.

Healthy community

Partnering with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), it is hoped a mentally healthy, vibrant college community is in place at Glasgow Clyde College.

The new campaign is being introduced across three campuses with existing counselling services, advisory teams and the student association now better equipped to support mental health issues at a higher capacity.

It is no surprise that students are more likely to experience mental health issues due to exam pressures, moving away from home, possible financial difficulties or just the stresses of growing up. Growing up is a minefield!

Support

“Going to college brings a number of changes to students’ lives and studying can be demanding, so it’s important that staff are equipped with the knowledge to support them with their mental health,” explains SAMH chief executive, Billy Watson.

“Glasgow Clyde College is taking proactive steps to create a more open and supportive culture, and should over time see staff more confident to talk to students about their mental health.”

As a student knowing you have a safe and informed place to turn to during difficult times will surely relieve any additional pressure.

Awareness

Glasgow Clyde College student president Karolina Gasiorowska says: “It is important to understand how difficult it can be for students, especially young adults going to college from 16 to 19 years old. They face many pressures from society, their peers and themselves. Raising awareness about mental health is very important and I strongly believe that this new project, which is focusing on staff training, is a very good idea.”

Staff and students have already had the opportunity to get involved on an ASIST Suicide Prevention course to increase their skillset in handling difficult situations.

Fingers crossed this campaign is successful in supporting the 27,000 students attending Glasgow Clyde College and more colleges and universities join in.

If you are worried about your own mental health or concerned for a friend visit, Samaritans or call 116 123

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