You are not Alone: Super College launches Big White Wall

City of Glasgow College now has access to the Big White Wall, an online mental health and well-being service. 

The award-winning digital resource is available to students and staff offering confidential access to a library of self-care resources, tips and guided group courses.

Wall guides and live therapists are up to date with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus (COV-19) disease, and are supporting people during this time. Trained professionals are available round the clock to keep members safe and supported when they are online and can help with managing stress and anxiety. 

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Our priority has always been supporting the mental health and well-being of our staff and students. These challenging times, when individuals and families are being tested in so many ways, are no different. 

"We encourage everyone to make the most of our new Big White Wall resource, which can be accessed 24/7 from home. It's important we all look after our mental health as well as our physical health and to continue to follow expert medical advice. 

"We are working with colleagues at Kelvin and Clyde Colleges, the Glasgow Regional Board, and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to help develop support for students and staff around mental health and to improve practices and resources across the region."

Kirsty Macleod, Student Mental Welfare Coordinator at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Since the closure of the college and many other community, NHS and council buildings, as a result of COVID-19, student support teams have been working from home, continuing to help and respond to student queries regarding finances, learning, admissions, accommodation, as well as their wellbeing.

“In these times of increased stress, our college’s student mental health team continue to offer counselling by telephone, listening ear telephone check-ins and through email support.

“Now, all students and staff also have free access to the Big White Wall, which offers an opportunity for people to stay connected even at a time when we have to distance ourselves socially. The Big White Wall has courses on managing anxiety as well as many other issues alongside a safe, anonymous online community where people can express how they're feeling and, importantly, connect with others.

In the last month, six new counsellors have been appointed across Glasgow's three colleges. Students and staff can register for the Big White Wall service using their college email address.

Big White Wall is totally anonymous and personal information is kept secure while using the site. To find out more please watch this video. Information on staff training can be viewed here.