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Mental health support

Mental health is a term used to describe how we think and feel about ourselves and our world – this impacts on our behaviour, attitudes and how we cope with situations.

What to do

If you have a diagnosed mental health condition or if you are worried about your emotional wellbeing, we strongly encourage you to disclose this to a member of Additional Support, the Welfare team or a Counsellor as early as possible.  We will only share this information with the relevant members of staff and with your permission, but we feel it’s important for us to know so we can support you. Drop into the Focus Centre, or email for an appointment with one of our staff.

How can we help?

We hold regular meetings to establish how best to support you. This may include distraction activities, such as art, physical or creative writing. We also develop individual “if-then plans” to help decide what to do if you are feeling a certain way.

We have supported many students with the following Mental Health Difficulties:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Self-harm
  • Bi-Polar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • Anger management
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Other issues with may affect someone’s mental health due to difficult personal circumstances, bereavement or being a young carer.

Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of Mental Health Disorders in Britain. 1 in 4 people will experience some type of mental health problem over the course of a year. From time to time everybody needs a little extra support so we encourage you to talk to a member of staff if you are worried or struggling with anything. Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone about how you are feeling.


We have a free and confidential counselling service available onsite for all our students, if you would like an appointment please email

We would also encourage you to talk to your GP if you haven’t already done so.  We can help you book an appointment if you are worried about taking the first step.

If your condition at times, means that you are unable to attend college for a period of time or your condition is causing regular attendance issues, we may be able to offer further support.

Exam Access Arrangements

Subject to an assessment, the college can apply for special exam considerations, please click here for further information.