Being mentally healthy and living well is important to every single one of us – whether we are living with a mental illness or not . It can be so easy for us to take our mental health for granted; to prioritise other things; to put it off until next week. It can also seem too big and too hard. But it’s not. There are some things everyone can do. The following are some tips to get you started.
Fika – Download Now
The Fika app is free to download and there are lots of health courses within the app for you to take part in. You can set up reminders and talk to other students in the Fika community.
Carlisle Mind – 0300 561 0000 – https://cemind.org/
We’re on your doorstep, at the end of a phone or online. If you’re stressed, depressed, in crisis or supporting someone else we’ll listen, give you support and fight your corner. We believe everyone deserves respect and support when facing a mental health problem.
Citizens Advice – 03444 111 444 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems.
Impact Housing – Domestic abuse & Safeguarding – 03448 736 290 – https://www.impacthousing.org.uk/let-go-domestic-violence-service
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, you may feel very alone and have no idea who or where to turn to. We’ll help you get the advice and support you need.
NHS Stop Smoking – 0300 123 1044 – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/
Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Click the above link to find out more.
Samaritans – 01228 544444 – https://www.samaritans.org/branches/carlisle/
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Self-harm Awareness for All Cumbria (SAFA) is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self harm and to those who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counselling and trusting support. Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.
Sexual Health Cumbria – 01228 608989 – https://www.ncic.nhs.uk/services/sexual-health
Cumbria Sexual Health service provides confidential advice and support on a range of sexual health issues. We offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We also provide, for free, all types of contraception including emergency contraception.
LGBThq Cumbria – 01228 267247 – https://www.lgbthq.org.uk/
LGBThq is Cumbria’s home for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other information & advice services, community centre, anti-bullying campaigning, 3rd party hate crime reporting centre, conference facility, meeting space and hot-desking offices. The HQ acts as a central hub for several not-for-profit organisations.
CADAS – 0800 254 5658 – https://cadas.co.uk/
Here at CADAS, we offer free and confidential alcohol and drug services to young people under the age of 18.
Our team is available to offer friendly and non-judgemental advice surrounding alcohol and drug use, and can provide more intensive support where necessary. Whether you’re worried about yourself, a friend or someone in your family, we are here to help.
If you would like to discuss any of these services in more
detail, contact your progress coach or a member of the Student Zone team.
To access Google Chrome when in the Student Zone you will need to install it onto your College student profile and here’s how.
Step 1. Once you are logged into the college computer Type into the Search Bar Software Center
Step 2. Select Google Chrome
Step 3. Select Install
You will now have access to Google Chrome on the College computer. You will unfortunately have to install this on each different machine you use.
For your safety, we have been informed by Cumbria Police that they and partner agencies have created a patrol plan for monitoring, engaging and enforcement, if necessary, of students who may persistently fail to comply with Covid restrictions.
The Police and City Covid Marshals have been tasked with further patrols around school/college opening and closing times and over the lunchtime period. If large groups are found gathering they will be dispersed and reported incidents involving the same young people may involve further action which might result in fixed penalty notices for the students or parents. Enforcement is a last resort, Police and Covid Marshals will engage, encourage and advise wherever possible in the first instance.
For your own safety, it is important that you comply with Covid restrictions whilst in College and the surrounding area, including during breaks and lunch and whilst going into the city centre. Please be aware that these extra patrols will be in operation – it is currently only possible to meet up with one other person from outside your household outdoors.
This month’s theme is to help you make the best application you can. All the tasks are aimed to helping you make a competitive application, whether you are applying for a job or apprenticeship. By the end of the activities you will be able to make a CV which matches the job you’re applying for, and help you make good links between the personal specification and your application form.
When you return to College, you’ll be invited to take three Covid-19 tests, spaced 3-5 days apart. These tests are designed for people without any symptoms and use a ‘lateral flow device’ which will give you your results in under 30 minutes. Once you’ve completed your three tests at College, you’ll then be given tests you can complete yourself at home. You’ll be asked to do this twice each week and report your results back to us. Testing in this way helps us to identify people who may need to self-isolate and keep everyone at College safe.
To take part in testing it is important that you complete a consent form. You can complete the consent form here:
We understand that this might seem a little daunting. We want to assure you that testing is safe and it’s the quickest and simplest way that we can safely return to College. Testing isn’t mandatory but we do encourage you to sign up, as this will help create a safer College for everybody.
If you have a special educational need and/or disability and need extra support or reasonable adjustments putting in place, please let us know so that we can arrange this.
Please can all students complete the below survey. The code you need to enter is your student number without the ‘s’.
Classroom Learner Survey
Make sure you take time out to take care of your Mental Health & Wellbeing. We have the Fika app available to all students.
You can find more information on our Mental Health & Wellbeing page.
Click on the Portal and the Mental Health & Wellbeing link
We would like to ask you how you use technology to support your learning, so we can support you better. This should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.
All the questions are optional, but please help us improve by answering as many as you can. Your answers are submitted when you click FINISH on the last page.
In replying to the survey please can you focus on your experiences in the last two weeks.