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It is very important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing and Waltham Forest College is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and to ensure that action is taken to support our students.

The Wellbeing Hub contains useful advice and tips for maintaining mental health and wellbeing while studying remotely or on-site.

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1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.

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1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.

Counselling

Many people find it helpful, comforting and empowering to seek the support of a counsellor at some point in their lives. They may be experiencing relationship difficulties, suffering from bereavement, struggling with past experiences, looking to improve their mental well-being, or simply wanting to make a positive change to their lifestyle.

Our fully qualified and experienced team of counsellors are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow an ethical framework for the counselling professionals.

If you would like to access the confidential counselling service and book an appointment you can email counselling@waltham.ac.uk or phone 020 8501 8113.

Please note, counselling is not usually an appropriate service at a time of crisis but can be helpful when the immediate crisis is over and there is space to reflect and explore how to manage difficulties.

Crisis Support

If you are feeling suicidal, are in crisis or need urgent help you can:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can't get to A&E
  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment
  • Contact the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123, they are open 24 hours

Support websites

Here are some mental health, wellbeing and support websites that you may find informative and reassuring:

Anna Freud | www.annafreud.org

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Supporting young people effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.


Kooth | www.kooth.com

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An online mental wellbeing community that offers free, safe and anonymous support.


Mind | www.mind.org.uk

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Mind are here for anyone that needs help with their mental health. They provide advice, support and training to empower individuals and organisations to help promote and manage good mental health and wellbeing for all.


The Mix | www.themix.org.uk

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An online community where you can make use of discussion boards, group chat or speak to a trained team.


World Health Organization | www.who.int

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Access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic.


Young Minds | www.youngminds.org.uk

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Access tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Support videos

In the videos below you may recognise some of these individuals who have had first-hand experience of mental health and share their experiences on their journey to overcome mental health issues.

Nadiya Hussain faces anxieties head-on:


Roman Kemp: Why I Made "Our Silent Emergency":


Dr Alex George's top tips for good mental health and wellbeing:

Lockdown top tips

Exercise - Whether it’s a short walk or a home workout, regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health but also your mental health and wellbeing.

Keep your mind active - Whether it’s reading, writing, drawing, completing a jigsaw or an online quiz, find something that you enjoy and get stuck in!

Eat well - Making the right food choices will maintain and even improve your energy levels, awareness and focus.

Sleep - Getting a good quality nights’ sleep is important to feel refreshed and recharged. You’ll wake up with a much more positive attitude ready to take on the day.

Communicate - The most important thing is to just stay connected and keep in touch with your family and friends. Having a chat makes you feel a whole lot better and does wonders for your mental wellbeing.

Take time to reflect - Now is the perfect opportunity to recognise your successes and the things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small they might be.

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