Mental Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Services

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Wellbeing @ Carlisle College

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Contact our Wellbeing Officer Marie Cato in the Wellbeing Hub in the Student Zone

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 priorities 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.

Self-harm Pocket Guides

Self-harm Safe Kit a range of pocket guides aimed at understanding, and finding ways to begin managing, self-harming behaviour.

Self-harm: What you need to knowSelf-harm: A guide for parents and carers and Self-harm: Self-harm: Safe Plans We have also produced a guide to Local and National Support


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Police understand with the warm weather people and families want to relax by lakesides and are tempted to play in the water. We advise people not to enter the water as although it may look calm and pleasant it is not known what is underneath the surface of the water.
Please bear in mind the following safety tips: 
Swim in supervised areas if possible, unmarked areas may hold potential dangers 
Dive only in familiar areas, and check water depth before diving. 
Be aware of underwater hazards such as submerged logs, stumps, and rocks. 
Beware of the under current 
Keep an eye out for potentially dangerous conditions, such as large patches of vegetation on the water surface, ledges which disappear, sharp drop-offs and slippy surfaces underfoot. 
Whilst it may be a hot day, the water temperature in lakes can often be very cold.
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Beckie Ramsay, from Chorley, Lancashire, lost her 13 year old son Dylan three years ago when he got into difficulties whilst swimming with friends in open water. Despite being a strong swimmer, cold water proved fatal.

Are you contemplating giving up smoking but don’t know where to start? Well never fear, CADAS is here

The groups will be online and start on Tuesday 8th June and run up until the 24th August 2021. You are more than welcome to come along and join in at any time that suits you as there is no commitment to make it every week. Whether you are looking to quit or have recently given up smoking and feel you need that little more support on your journey we hope you can join us. Just bring yourself and a cuppa! For more info and to get the zoom link please email

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.

Anxiety control training

How to relax

8 relaxation tips for your mental health

Downloadable Guides

Carlisle Mind – 0300 561 0000 –

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

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 01228 319711

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.

ToolBox – Self Care Tools (

Sexual Health Cumbria – 01228 608989 –

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 –

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 –

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.

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

If you would like to discuss any of these services in more
detail, contact your Tutor, progress coach, our Wellbeing Officer Marie or a member of

the Student Zone team.

Student counselling

Carlisle College has a student counsellor, Becky Foster, based in room 205 located at the end of the Student Zone. You can enquire about this service through the Progress Coaches, or directly by texting 07736 497 578 or emailing

 What happens in Counselling? 

Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. 

It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.  

Counselling can help you:  

  • Cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown  
  • Cope with redundancy or work-related stress  
  • Explore issues such as sexual identity  
  • Deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions  
  • Deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life  
  • Deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things
  • Understand yourself and your problems better  

If you would like to discuss any of these services in more detail
contact your Progress Coach,,,, your tutor,
our Wellbeing Officer Marie or a member of the Student Zone team.


Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing.
Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.
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When you do any mindfulness exercise, the key steps are:

  • Pay attention – for example, when you shower in the morning, make a special effort to really pay attention to the feel of the water on your skin.
  • Notice – when your mind wanders, which is just what minds do, simply notice where your thoughts have drifted to.
  • Choose and return – choose to bring your attention back to the present moment, usually by focusing on your breathing or another sensation in your body.
  • Be aware and accept – notice and be aware of emotions you are feeling or sensations in your body. Try to observe and accept these feelings with friendly curiosity and without judgement.
  • Be kind to yourself – remember that mindfulness is difficult to do and our minds will always wander. Try not to be critical of yourself. When you notice your mind wandering, you can just gently bring yourself back to the exercise.

Self help is a powerful tool!

How can I learn mindfulness?

Find out more about what you can do to be more mindful:

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