Mental Health & Wellbeing A-Z

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Our Wellbeing A to Z offers specific information, organisations and resources about various issues that can affect wellbeing. We welcome feedback from our students on our materials and encourage you to get in touch if there are any resources that have been particularly helpful or you would like to see more of.  You can download the A-Z PDF.

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Abortion

  • Glasgow Pregnancy Choices - Confidential emotional support, information and advice after any baby loss including abortion and miscarriage.
  • ARCH Trust - (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline) National organisation offering support and counselling. 

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, cyber)

  • NSPCC offers information and advice on different types of abuse, how to spot the signs and what you can do to help keep yourself or others safe.
  • Youngminds offers support and guidance to anyone suffering abuse and for parents.
  • YoungMinds Messenger - free 24 hour crisis support across the UK. You can text "YM" to 85258 for free and you will be connected to a volunteer in 5-10 minutes. This is a text service and you can remain anonymous.
  • Galop is the LGBT+ anti-violence charity. They support all LGBT+ people who've experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence.
  • Woman’s Aid Scotland offer advice and information for anyone woman experiencing violence. You can call, email or chat online 24 hours a day. 
  • Scottish Woman’s Rights Centre provide free legal information, advice, representation and advocacy support to self-identifying women in Scotland affected by violence and abuse.
  • Fear Free (Scotland) support people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man (including trans men) or from the LGBT+ community.
  • AMIS (Abused Men In Scotland) provides support for men experiencing domestic violence, including helpline support to get advice as well, as finding local support groups. 
  • Talk Now is a free counselling service for everyone affected by all types of abuse, includes support for family members.
  • Health in Mind offers counselling for all adult survivors (18+) of all child abuse including sexual abuse who live in and around Edinburgh. This is a pay per session service and you will need to get in touch to ask about session prices. Email - counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk
  • Trauma Counselling Line Scotland is a free counselling service provided by Health in Mind for anyone over 16 who experienced abuse in their childhood and is from minority ethnic community, has a disability and lives in remote/rural areas (local authority areas listed on website). They offer telephone and video counselling in different languages. Email - counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk
  • Bridge to Support is a free counselling service for survivors of abuse by Jesuit and their staff. Email - bridgetosupport@health-in-mind.org.uk

Please see TRAUMA for more resources and support options.

If you are suffering from abuse please reach out and speak to someone. If you feel you can’t talk to people you already know, call ChildLine on 0800 1111 (under 19s) - it is run by professionals who will know how to help you. The Mix offers support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them 0808 808 4994.

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to NSPCC about your concerns. Whether you want to report child abuse and neglect or aren't sure what to do, they can listen, offer advice and support and can take the next steps if a child's in danger. Call 0808 800 5000.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999.

Alcohol

  • Drinkline is a support and advice line if you are concerned about your drinking. Opening hours 7 days a week from 8am to 11pm: 0800 7 314 314.
  • Adfam provides information for families affected by drug and alcohol use and can help them access a range of support options, including local support groups across the UK.
  • Glasgow Council on Alcohol operate across Glasgow; providing alcohol counselling, training, prevention and education, group work, support, advice and information. You can call them on 0141 353 1800.
  • Drinkchat provided by Drinkaware is a free confidential chat service for anyone concerned about their own or others alcohol use.
  • RCA Trust offers support for anyone experiencing alcohol addiction including counselling and group work.

Anxiety and Panic

  • Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including therapy. The service is free to an extent or you can pay to become a member from £30/year student membership.
  • Mind explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
  • Mind: Panic - provides information on anxiety and panic attacks including possible causes, support and guidance.
  • No Panic is a charity who support sufferers of Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other anxiety-related disorders. They also provide support for carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.

Anger

  • British Association of Anger Management provide support, guidance and training to individuals experiencing anger directly or indirectly. They have developed a Keep Your Cool Kit available to download consisting of activates, tips and calming strategies.
  • Mind explains anger, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support. Also includes advice for friends and family.

Autism

  • Scottish Autism provide children (5-19 yrs old) and adult services (20+) including outreach, respite and supported living options. Their website includes a range of information on emotional and practical support.
  • Autism Network Scotland is a hub of reliable and impartial information including supports and resources for individuals on the autistic spectrum and their families and carers.
  • National Autistic Society provides a range of projects and services including information and advice, supported living, specialist education and help into employment.
  • Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) offers online-based support for woman and girls with autism, including information, advice and peer support. 

ADHD

  • Scottish ADHD Coalition aims to promote and advocate on behalf members to help increase resources and support for people living with ADHD. They host local support groups for adults, families and children.

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Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities

  • Student Hut has a variety of resources and information for students, in particular how to maintain good mental health. This section focuses on Black British mental health services that can offer support if you're currently struggling.
  • Black Minds Matter UK aim to connect Black individuals and families with free professional mental health services across the UK.
  • Intercultural Youth Scotland: Specialised mental health support for Black and POC youth. Open to 12-24 year olds. They also have other great supports. 
  • Muslim Community Helpline is a confidential, non-judgemental listening & emotional support service.
  • The What? Centre aims to support young people with furthering their understanding of race, culture and identity in relation to mental health, in order to empower young people.
  • Therapy For Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
  • Baba Yungu Foundation - Based in Uganda and Glasgow this foundation facilitates a supportive forum, which seeks to discuss and help raise awareness of the mental health issues within the black community.
  • Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) offers free counselling and other support services for Black and Minority Ethnic young people aged 10-25. Also provides support for parents of young people. E: enquiries@ycsa.org.uk
  • Reach Community Health Project offers free counselling and other support services for Black and Minority Ethnic communities (16+) around Scotland (local authority areas on website).

Bereavement (including death of Pets)

  • Bereavement by Suicide - a short video highlighting some of the issues related to those bereaved by suicide.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support and offers information, advice, education and training services.
  • CruseChat offers direct chat support with a bereavement counsellor. This service is available to anyone over the age of 18 and runs 9am-9pm Monday to Friday.  
  • The Compassionate Friends provide one-to-one support, local support groups and produce a range of publications for parents, children, grandparents and professionals, as well as a website specifically for people dealing with the death of a brother or sister.
  • Way Widowed & Young offers support and friendship to bereaved men and women up to the age of 50, parents and those without children.
  • SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide supports those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend, aiming to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.
  • Grief Works outlines the 8 Pillars of Strength that can help in coping with grief and bereavement. 
  • Blue Cross are a pet charity looking after the welfare of our animals. They provide a free talking service for those grieving for the loss of a pet. You can contact them via email or through their confidential online form.​
  • Let’s Talk About Loss is aimed at helping people 18-35 who have lost loved ones feel less alone and less consumed by their grief. The charity is predominantly based in England but there is a current movement trying to develop services in Glasgow.
  • Petal supports families and friends of murder and suicide victims through telephone counselling. Phone - 01698 324 502.

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Bullying  (including cyberbullying and stalking)

  • National Bullying Helpline is a nationally recognised advice centre for bullying and aims to eradicate anti-social behaviour. Check out their advice and information on social media and cyber bullying.
  • Childline is a free confidential service for anyone up to 25 years old. You can access support through telephone, online chat and email.
  • Bully Busters provides information and practical advice on bullying for children, young people, parents and professionals as well as free helpline support.
  • Bullying UK offers confidential helpline support, live online chat, and parental support.
  • NSPCC offers information and advice on bullying and cyber bullying, how to spot the signs and what you can do to help keep yourself or others safe.
  • City of Glasgow College Policy on Bully and Harassment  

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Carers

  • Carers Scotland work as part of Carers UK to give advice, support and information on carer services, benefits and community care for those caring for a loved one.
  • GAMH Young Carers supports people aged 12 to 21 caring for a family member with a mental health problem by providing one to one and group programmes around Glasgow
  • Please speak to a Student Advisor for additional support and signposting.

Chronic Illness and Health Conditions

  • Chronic Pain and Counselling article by Counselling Directory gives an overview of different illnesses and some suggestions of coping strategies including how counselling can benefit.
  • CISFA UK provides an online and in-person community to adults and teenagers suffering from a chronic illness to feel heard, safe and understood.
  • Endometriosis UK provides free support, information and a safe community for those affected by endometriosis. Helpline 0808 808 2227
  • Fibromyalgia Action UK helps support and signpost resources for people affected by fibromyalgia. National Helpline 0300 999 3333 (10am - 4pm Mon - Fri)
  • Herpes Virus Association offers information and advice on herpes simplex, especially genital herpes and shingles.
  • Lupus UK supports people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis
  • Pain Association Scotland is an organisation that has pioneered the development and delivery of self-management training for those with Chronic Pain. You can self-refer by Freephone: 0800 783 6059 or Email: info@painassociation.com
  • Pain UK is an alliance of charities providing a voice for people in pain. They have a huge directory of support services you can choose from and contact.
  • TalkTime Scotland is a free counselling service for 12-25 year-olds in Scotland who are physically disabled or have long-term physical health conditions.

See COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) for more support and signposting for Covid-19 and Long Covid.

Check out our Coping with Long Covid page for resources and information on how you might feel, how to look after your emotional and physical wellbeing and what support is available to you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Breathing Space Living Life provides a free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy telephone counselling service for mild/moderate issues.
  • Living Life is a free telephone based service for people who are feeling anxious or depressed offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Open 1pm-9pm on 0800 328 9655. 

College Support

  • Support & Wellbeing Team offer a range of supports including tips on finances, maintaining a healthy wellbeing and practical advice. Our Support and Wellbeing YouTube channel has videos on different issues students are facing.
    • Student Mental Health Team offer counselling, group work and mental health support for all students. Check out our services here.
    • Learning Support Team provides learning and teaching related support to students who may need study skills support or have additional learning needs (ASN). Find out more about their services here.
    • Student Advisors offer advice and guidance at different times during your studies at the college including advice on finances, careers, funding and accommodation. Find out more about their service here.

Counselling & Psychotherapy

The suggestions below suggestions are external to the college so please contact them if you have questions about their service.

  • Breathing Space Living Life offers free telephone counselling over the age of 16. 
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: What is therapy?
  • BSL Counselling offered across Glasgow and surrounding areas.  Tel - 0141 552 4434 or info@lifelink.org.uk
  • Counselling Directory is a search engine for private therapists in your area.
  • Lifelink provides short term counselling in and around Glasgow.
  • Healing for the Heart offers donation-based counselling, massage therapy and spiritual healing. To make a self-referral please visit their website.
  • Health in Mind offers counselling for all adult survivors (18+) of all child abuse including sexual abuse who live in and around Edinburgh. This is a pay per session service and you will need to get in touch to ask about session prices. Email - counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk
  • Hub of Hope locates mental health services/ supports around you. All you need to do is type in your postcode for a list of organisations around you.
  • TalkTime Scotland is a free counselling service for 12-25 year-olds in Scotland who are physically disabled or have long-term physical health conditions. 
  • The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network. Home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.
  • The Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network is the online home for Muslim Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Counselling Psychologists worldwide.
  • The Spark provides couples counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling, youth counselling and family counselling services in Scotland.
  • Tom Allan Centre offers donation-based counselling for mental wellbeing across a range of services including perinatal counselling for parents and families. You can make a self-referral.
  • Wellbeing Scotland specialise in working with people who have experienced trauma and abuse. You can find out more about their service and make a self-referral.
  • Trauma Counselling Line Scotland is a free counselling service provided by Health in Mind for anyone over 16 who experienced abuse in their childhood and is from minority ethnic community, has a disability and lives in remote/rural areas (local authority areas listed on website). They offer telephone and video counselling in different languages. Email - counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk
  • Bridge to Support is a free counselling service for survivors of abuse by Jesuit and their staff. Email - bridgetosupport@health-in-mind.org.uk
  • Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) offers free counselling and other support services for Black and Minority Ethnic young people aged 10-25. Also provides support for parents of young people. E: enquiries@ycsa.org.uk
  • Reach Community Health Project offers free counselling and other support services for Black and Minority Ethnic communities (16+) around Scotland (local authority areas on website).

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

  • FutureLearn provide youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people. The University of Reading has developed the COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mind shares advice and support for working in a pandemic including tips on working from home, coping with redundancy and returning to work and dealing with burnout.
  • Our new Coping In Covid webpage has lots of resources and information on how you might feel, how to look after your emotional and physical wellbeing and what support is available to you.

Managing the long-term effects of COVID-19  

  • The SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) booklet explains symptoms, treatment and support for Covid-19 and Long Covid.
  • British Lung Foundation offer telephone support to speak to a respiratory specialist trained to help you with Long Covid breathlessness
  • Long Covid Scotland - Long Covid Support groups and online communities.
  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland's Advice Line nurses provide confidential advice, support and information to help people living with long COVID, or their family members. Freephone: 0808 801 0899 or text NURSE to 66777.
  • Rethink provides information on what Long Covid is and how it can impact your mental health as well as some tips on how you can help yourself.
  • NHS UK gives you information on what you can expect in recovering from Long Covid.
  • Mental Health Foundation shares a story of someone who has experienced Long Covid and how they coped Personal experience of Long Covid

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Depression and low mood

  • Students against depression.
  • Time Out Scotland (support group).
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) Supporting men under 35 with depression.
  • Mind provides information about depression, its symptoms and possible causes, and how you can access support. Includes tips on caring for yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
  • Self-compassion by Dr Kristen Neff provides information on what self-compassion is and exercises on how we can develop our own self-compassion which could be helpful in dissolving self-critical and negative thoughts.
  • PANDAS - provides support groups and a helpline to access information on support services available for Post Natal and Pre-natal Depression.

Disability

  • Speak to a Learning Support Advisor about accessing suitable support within the college.
  • The College has a detailed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion section with information about disability.

Drugs

  • Talk to FRANK is a national drugs awareness site for young people and parents/carers.
  • Addaction is a UK wide agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse
  • Scottish Drugs Forum is a national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues.

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Eating Disorders and Body Image

  • BEAT is the UK’s leading eating disorder charity providing one to one, group and online support for young people, adults and their families.  
  • Gerbera Eating Disorder Services (GEDS) by the Linda Tremble Foundation is a charity supporting people suffering from an eating disorder, their families and carers. They offer confidential support groups and resources. 
  • Mind - Eating Disorders: Educational reading from Mind Charity explaining possible causes of eating problems, support you can access and guidance for family and friends.
  • Young People with an Eating Disorder CARED aims to address the sense of burden and isolation parents & carers may feel, improve confidence and provide practical hints & tips.

Exam Stress

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

  • NHS  provides general information on Female genital mutilation (FGM) and how you can access help and support.
  • NSPCC is a leading charity protecting the lives of children and young people from abuse, providing support for parents, children and young people who have experiences of FGM.

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Gender based violence (see also Abuse and Sexual Assault)

  • Wellbeing Scotland is a trauma counselling service based in different areas of Scotland. Their service requires a self-referral.
  • NSPCC is a leading charity protecting the lives of children and young people from abuse.
  • Rape Crisis Scotland provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence.
  • Women’s Aid provides emotional and practical support to woman and children facing domestic abuse.
  • Abused Men In Scotland (AMIS) provides emotional and practical support for men over 16 years old experiencing domestic violence.  
  • Report a Concern in college - information and support and how you can report a concern in college.

Gambling

  • National Debt Line provides free debt advice and support.
  • Gamcare provides free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.
  • RCA Trust offers support for anyone experiencing gambling addiction including counselling and group work. 

Gaming

There are lots of positives to Gaming but there can also be downsides. If you have concerns about your own gaming habits our Let's Talk Blurred Lines between Gaming and Gambling video has more information and where you can get support.

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Homelessness

  • Simon Scotland provide support to people to resolve their homelessness. You can call them on 0800 0277466 (open 24 hours). Even if you aren't homeless at the moment but are worried about housing you can ring for advice.
  • Glasgow Winter Night offer emergency accommodation at 35 East Campbell Street, G1 5DT. Doors will open at 10pm every night until 8am.

Homesick

Helplines

  • NHS Mental Health helpline - Call 111 and choose ‘Option 2’ to be put through to the Mental Health Hub and speak to a trained mental health worker.
  • Samaritans provide 24/7 emotional support on 116 123.
  • Breathing Space is a free confidential wellbeing phone service for anyone in Scotland. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am, weekends & Friday 6pm to Monday 6am. Visit their website or call them on 0800 83 85 87
  • Breathing Space Interpretation Service for BSL users. Opening hours between Monday to Friday 6pm to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 8am to midnight.
  • SignHealth is The Deaf Health Charity. If you are deaf and experiencing a crisis, text DEAF to 85258 for free and immediate support.
  • YoungMinds Messenger provides free 24-hour crisis support across the UK. You can text "YM" to 85258 and you will be connected to a volunteer in 5-10 minutes. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodaphone, Three, BT, Virgin, GiffGaff, Tesco and Telecom Plus. This is a text service and you can remain anonymous.

Health and Wellbeing Directory NHS

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  • International Students – please see Homesick.

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LGBTQIA+

  • Fear Free (Scotland) support people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man (including trans men) or from the LGBT+ community.
  • Galop is the LGBT+ anti-violence charity. They support all LGBT+ people who've experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence
  • Hidayah provides support and guidance for LGBTQI+ Muslims.
  • Kaleidoscope Counselling Scotland is a non-profit, accessible counselling service in central Glasgow offering Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity Therapy. The offer counselling sessions from £5 each week.
  • LGBT Health and Wellbeing is a charity offering counselling in Glasgow and Edinburgh areas for LGBT people to work through issues with a trained volunteer counsellor. You can access the service if you are questioning your sexuality or gender identity, or not using labels for either. They accept donations for services.
  • LGBT Scotland provides information and emotional support to LGBT people and their families, friends and supporters in Scotland. ​
  • LGBT Youth is Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people between 13-25 years old. They offer online, one to one and group supports.  
  • Mermaids UK - Online community for trans young people (13-25), webchat, email and helpline services available. 
  • Non- Binary Scotland Facebook group offer support and social opportunities for people who either self-identify as non-binary or are questioning.  This is a closed and private group you must request to join.
  • Pink Therapy offers UK wide specialist therapy services for LGBT people.
  • Rainbow Therapy offers a Scotland wide directory of therapists who specialise in counselling for LGBTQIA+. They have good materials and resources including Trans Support links.
  • Sandyford Counselling provides counselling to individuals who have sexual or reproductive health issues or concerns which are affecting their psychological sexual wellbeing.  
  • Scottish Trans work to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.
  • Stonewall exists to empower LGBT communities.
  • TransUnite (UK) is an online platform to find local support groups for trans, gender non-conforming & gender fluid people.

Loneliness (see also Relationships)

  • Girlfriends Social is a free website connecting women with new female friends from around the world in a safe environment.
  • Mind shares practical tips to help manage feelings of loneliness, and other places you can get support.
  • Mind - Loneliness: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining suggestions for what you can do and where to go for support. 
  • Meet Up is a platform to meet new people with similar interests in your area, or to learn new things, find supports and push yourself out your comfort zone.
  • Mums Meet Up connects mums locally and across UK and provides online resources and parenting tips
  • Self-Harm UK offers support, guidance and information to all young people. Check out their advice on coping with loneliness.
  • The SilverLine is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people
  • Web Of Loneliness raises awareness, providing general information and offers an online platform to connect with other people.
  • You can connect with others in Glasgow at Kinning Park Home Complex which offers a range of services and project in the Southside of Glasgow.  

Long Term Illness

  • See Chronic Illness and Health Conditions.
  • See Covid-19 for information on Covid-19 and Long Covid.

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Mindfulness

  • Mindful aims to help anyone who wants to explore more about mindfulness through helping get started, how to practice and exercises to try.   
  • Mental Health Foundation Podcasts for Your Wellbeing offers different Mindfulness breathing exercises, guided meditations, exercises to help aid sleep, reduce stress and improve overall physical and mental wellbeing.  
  • The college offers Mindfulness sessions during the academic year. See Services We Offer for more information.

Menstruation

Menstrual cycles can affect our mental health due to hormonal changes. Find out more about the myths, misconceptions, truths and realities of the relationship between mental health and your menstrual cycle.

City of Glasgow College has a partnership with Hey Girls to deliver free sanitary products to all our students - Order free sanitary products.

Mental Health

  • Bipolar Scotland is a charity working to enable people affected by bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives. They offer self-help groups, resources and guidance.
  • Mind – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining possible causes, what you can do and where to go for support.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) offers information and local group support for people with OCD. 
  • OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 years old affected by OCD. 
  • PSTD: Combat Stress (Veterans) offers support and treatment to former servicemen with mental health problems. 
  • Rethink - Borderline Personality (Emotionally Unstable Personality): Factsheets on information, symptoms, causes and supports for anyone affected by BPD.
  • Rethink is a mental health charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. Telephone 0300 5000 927 for advice, local support groups, information on rights and benefits and information for carers.
  • SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.  
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health provides different services around Scotland including peer support, employability, mental health outreach and addictions for anyone affected by mental health issues.  
  • Stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.
  • Student Hut has a variety of resources and information for students, in particular how to maintain good mental health.
  • The Coach House Trust offers support to people 16 or over with mental health issues, addictions, and or learning disabilities. We offer gardening, computing, music, art, healthy eating and nutrition workshops.
  • Time and Space is a free service for those who are troubled by voices (auditory hallucinations) and their families.
  • Togetherall - City of Glasgow College students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Togetherall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better.

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Parenting

  • Kidscape:  Provides children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives.
  • YoungMinds:  Information on different types of mental health issues and how to access support for young people.
  • Parentline Scotland: Whatever it is that affects your family, you can talk it over with Parentline. They can offer support by phone, email and text. 
  • ​Online Safety: It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.  
  • Parenting a teenager - As a parent or carer your child’s adolescence can be a tricky transitional period. This article gives you some tips on how to support your child while also looking out for signs that their mood changes are normal or that they could benefit from support. 
  • Action for Children provide one-to-one parenting coach advice and useful articles on common questions and struggles parents face. You can access Parent Talk Information.

Periods (see Menstruation)

Procrastination

  • Wait but Why: Website with articles and blogs on why we delay and postpone doing things and suggestions as to how we can try to overcome this very human trait!

Podcasts

  • Mental Health Foundation has lots of different wellness podcasts and psychoeducational discussions on important topics such as anxiety, how to cope with uncertainty, being kind to ourselves, coping with suicidal thoughts and sleep.
  • Therapy for Black Girls podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a Licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves. (Note: available on Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts).

Post and Pre-Natal Depression

  • PANDAS - provides support groups and a helpline to access information on support services available for Post and Pre-Natal Depression.
  • Tom Allen Centre - offers donation-based counselling for mental wellbeing across a range of services including perinatal counselling for parents and families. You can make a self-referral.
  • Dads Matter UK offer support for dads and mums suffering from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance is a UK-wide charity and network dedicated to ensuring woman and families affected by perinatal mental health problems have access to care and support 
  • Action on Postpartum Psychosis is a charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis. They offer peer support services, psycho-education and training. 

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Relaxation

Relationships (see also loneliness)

  • Relationship Scotland (couples counselling):  Relationship Scotland’s network provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across Scotland. Fees depend on the service and your personal situation.
  • Help Guide (Communication): Help Guide provides evidence-based mental health education and support to a global audience. Our mission is to empower you with information you can use to help yourself and your loved ones.
  • The Spark provides couples counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling, youth counselling and family counselling services in Scotland.

Resilience

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Self-esteem

  • Mind – Self Esteem: Educational reading from Mind Charity explaining the possible causes of low self-esteem, what you do and where to go for can support.   
  • Imposter Syndrome Blog by Dr Valerie Young providing education, information and guidance to those who feel like a fraud in everyday life.

Self-compassion

  • Self-compassion by Dr Kristen Neff provides information on what self-compassion is and exercises on how we can develop our own self-compassion which could be helpful in dissolving self-critical and negative thoughts.

Self-harm/Self-injury

  • Selfharm UK is dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what's going on in your life.
  • LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) is an online, voluntary organisation providing information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury.
  • Harmless is an organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends and families and professionals.
  • Calm Harm is an app that helps provide tasks to help manage the urge to self-harm. 

Sexual assault and rape

  • Rape Crisis Scotland provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence.
  • Revenge Porn Helpline provides information and guidance on what revenge porn is, how to report this and legal advice for anyone over the age of 18years old.
  • Scottish Woman’s Rights Centre provide free legal information, advice, representation and advocacy support to self-identifying women in Scotland affected by violence and abuse.
  • Talk Now is a free counselling service for everyone affected by all types of abuse, includes support for family members.

Sleep hygiene

  • Discoverpods: 10 relaxation and sleep podcasts.
  • Mind - Sleep: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining possible causes of sleep problems, what you do and where to go for support.    
  • National Sleep Foundation:  Tips and articles focused on improving health and well-being through improving sleep.
  • Sleep Council UK: An impartial organisation that looks at how you can adopt healthier sleep habits and focuses on raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing.
  • Sleep with me, the podcast that puts you to sleep.
  • Sleepy is a weekly podcast where baritone host Otis Gray reads old books to help you sleep.
  • This article describes how mental health can be affected by sleep.

Smoking

  • Smoking Cessation: information from the NHS to help you stop smoking.
  • The college offers Smoking Cessation Drop-in. Check out the events calendar on MyCity to keep up to date.

Social media

  • Click here to view the Colleges Social Media Policy.

Spiritual Care

Stress

  • NHS Inform  - Relaxation exercises for stress including BSL.
  • NHS - Student stress self-help tips. 

Student Life

  • National Union of Students campaign for student rights and offer practical support. They offer advice on settling into college life.  
  • Mind - Coping with Student Life: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining how to cope with everyday living, what you do and where to go for support. 
  • Student Minds: Resources and information from Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity.

Suicide

  • Mind - Suicidal Feelings: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining how to cope with suicidal thoughts, what you do and where to go for support.   
  • Papyrus provides support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress, particularly teenagers and young adults. They also provide support for parents and carers. Papyrus HOPElineUK: 0800 068 41 41.
  • Bereavement by Suicide - a short video highlighting some of the issues related to those bereaved by suicide.
  • Chris’s House (Centre for Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Suicide) based in North Lanarkshire is a 24-hour suicide crisis centre offering a safe place for people to go and stay whilst accessing professional support.

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Yoga

  • The college offers Yoga sessions during the academic year. See Services We Offer for more information.

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