Health and wellbeing

Healthy Living is about making sure your physical, mental and social needs are met so you can achieve your full potential and be the best you can be.

The Guidance Team can assist with many aspects of life that affect your health and wellbeing.

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Wellbeing Service

Students requesting counselling or wellbeing will be offered a Wellbeing Consultation lasting 45 minutes. In this solution-focused session, counselling referral and/or other options will be discussed.

We have an experienced Wellbeing Officer and Counselling Officer, based at the Inverness Campus. They offer information and advice about how to manage your health and wellbeing. This differs from counselling, in that the focus is on practical ways to tackle specific problems and general lifestyle advice.

We offer specialist wellbeing support for any student experiencing significant or enduring difficulties. We know that every student has individual needs, so we offer a flexible programme of support with an experienced practitioner.

We regularly liaise with external services (such as local NHS hospitals and community teams) to ensure students are able to access appropriate support, and co-ordinate support so that impact on studies is minimised.

 

What is Wellbeing Support?

Wellbeing Support is a specialist one-to-one support for students who are finding it difficult to meet the demands of their course because of their mental ill-health or other reasons. Wellbeing will focus on helping students to study and meet their potential.

What help is available?

  • Support with motivation and morale
  • Living and coping with mental health issues
  • Liaison with medical services where appropriate
  • Managing academic workload
  • Advice on study skills strategies tailored to individual needs
  • Time management organisation and planning for study
  • Balancing academic work with other day-to-day activities

This is a non-urgent service usually by appointment only for practical reasons, although waiting times are generally only a few days, at most, and there are regular drop in sessions available each week at both campuses.

 

Counselling Service

Counselling and therapy can help with a wide variety of problems whether big or small, straightforward or complex, current or from the past. Exploring the issues with a therapist can enable you to gain a greater understanding of yourself and your situation. It can also help you look towards making appropriate and positive changes.

Counselling is available face- to-face at Inverness College. On-line counselling is also available for those students who are currently away from university (eg on placement) or those unable to attend face-to-face counselling and would prefer to work on-line. For more information please contact counsellor.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Counselling and Therapy are positive steps towards looking after your emotional wellbeing and changing your situation so that you can engage more fully with the student experience. It is free to all registered students.

 

Some ideas for you to try

An App – The SAM app - SAM is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety.

The app has been developed in collaboration with a research team from the University of the West of England.

A websiteStudents Against Depression provides you with the resources you need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

A self-help exercise – The Stress Bucket  

A place – Go to the college library and ask about the Well Read scheme – it consists of a range of books that helps people manage their wellbeing using self-help reading.

A podcastNHS Moodzone - On this page you'll find a series of eight mental health wellbeing podcasts or audio guides. Each audio guide takes on a different aspect of your mental health wellbeing and gives you some simple, common sense advice on what you might do to boost your mood.

There are five evidence based ways to help you improve your mental well-being.

We have tried to incorporate them into the services and activities we offer.

Try to integrate them into your daily life, think of them as your five-a-day of mental wellbeing.

  1. Connect with the people around you - With your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
  2. Be Active / Go for a walk or run - Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy and which suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  3. Give/Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger- Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
  4. Keep Learning -Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
  5. Take Notice - Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual.  Notice the changing seasons.  Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.