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 here.

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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 or visit their website
  • Drinkchat provided by Drinkaware is a free confidential chat service for anyone concerned about their own or others alcohol use.

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: 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.

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.

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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BAME

  • 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.

 

Bereavement including death of Pets

  • 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.
  • 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.

Books

  • Books - City of Glasgow College has a directory of its books and digital resources that are specific to mental health and wellbeing.

Bullying

  • 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
  • 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

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. 

Counselling

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

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.

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Depression and low mood

Disability

  • Speak to a Learning Support Advisor about accessing suitable support within the college or find out more here.
  • 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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Gender based violence

  • 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.  
  • Click here to access 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.

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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) or visit their website. 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

  • BBC article on homesickness and ways to help combat it.
  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (CISA) offers support to international students by providing advice, guidance and information to students and those who work with them. See here for their guidance on facing culture shock.

Helplines

  • 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.
  • 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+

  • Pink Therapy offers UK wide specialist therapy services for LGBT people.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Stonewall exists to empower LGBT communities.
  • LGBT Scotland provides information and emotional support to LGBT people and their families, friends and supporters in Scotland. ​
  • 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.

Loneliness (see also Relationships)

  • Web Of Loneliness raises awareness, providing general information and offers an online platform to connect with other people.
  • Mind - Loneliness: Educational reading from Mind Charity outlining suggestions for what you can do and where to go for support. 
  • Self-Harm UK offers support, guidance and information to all young people. Check out their advice on coping with loneliness.
  • 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.
  • Girlfriends Social is a free website connecting women with new female friends from around the world in a safe environment.
  • Mums Meet Up connects mums locally and across UK and provides online resources and parenting tips
  • The SilverLine is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older 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.  

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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.

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. 

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!

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.

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Relaxation

  • Help Guide: Information on finding the relaxation technique that’s best for you.
  • Mind: How to Relax: Video from Mind Charity outlining how to practice relaxing.    

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.

Resilience

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Sleep Hygiene

  • 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.
  • This article describes how mental health can be affected by sleep.

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.

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

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.

Stress

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

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.

Sexual assault and rape

  • Rape Crisis Scotland provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence.

Social media

  • Click here to view the Colleges Social Media Policy

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.

Spiritual Care

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Transition to College

Trauma

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Video Gaming

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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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