Support at Christmas

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Christmas can be a really challenging time of year for many due to additional financial pressures, family dynamics or loneliness. We wanted to make sure all our students know where to turn over the festive break for advice and support should you need it.

Elefriends is a really supportive online community where you can be yourself, share and be heard.

There is someone on hand to speak to you every night till

  1. https://www.elefriends.org.uk/  
  2. children1st.org.uk

Samaritans are available to talk 24/7 about whatever is on your mind. https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland  

or call them: 01463 116123

Children 1st are there to provide support for children up to the age of 18 and their families.

This charity also supports parents in difficult times.

Young Minds Crisis Messenger, free text line – text YM to 85258

Suicide Help and Advice

Papyrus – for teenagers and young adults 0800 068 4141

Breathing Space 0800 838587 – for crisis support and help

Mikey’s Line 07779 303303 – text line for crisis support

Rape Crisis Scotland – support available whatever your gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality or religion

0808 801 0302 open from 6pm till midnight daily www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Crisis Support for Men

Calm – 0800585858 Free to call 5pm-midnight every day or www.thecalmzone.net/help

Men’s Advice Line, specialist support and advice for men experiencing sexual violence and abuse – 0808 801 0327 Monday – Friday 9-5pm

NHS 24 call 101 for medical support and advice

If you are alone on Christmas day and want some company, consider popping along to Inverness Cathedral for lunch at 12pm-3pm. 

If you are care experienced there is a Christmas day event – you would be welcome to join, booking preferred but not essential. https://www.highland.gov.uk/images/champs_christmas_day.jpg  

JANUARY

The student support team would like to welcome you back in the new year for a catch up before all your classes resume. Come along on the following dates between 10-12pm and grab a free drink or bacon roll. Just let us know you are here by popping into the student support centre behind reception.

  •  Tuesday 7th January
  • Wednesday 8th January
  • Tuesday 14th January
  • Wednesday 15th January

We hope to see you there and in the meantime we wish you an enjoyable break.

Student Support - Inverness College UHI

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Party Safe

We want our students to have a really good festive break and if you are going on a night out then have fun and enjoy yourself. However, people can sometimes end up acting out of character and may end up regretting it later. Keep these simple steps in mind while having fun.

What can I do to keep safe on a night out?

  • Plan your night out including how to get home.
  • Take your mobile phone with you and make sure it’s charged.
  • Stay with friends and avoid leaving parties or nights out with strangers.
  • Be sensible about how much alcohol you drink and pace yourself - a drunk person is much more vulnerable and a far easier target for criminals.
  • Watch your drinks - don’t give anyone the opportunity to alter them with other substances. If you leave a drink unattended then don’t go back to it.
  • Think about what you’ve had to drink - If you feel very drunk or unwell after just a small amount then ask a trusted friend or a member of the club / pub management for help.
  • Don’t take drugs or New Psychoactive Substances (sometimes misleadingly called ‘legal highs’).For more information on Drugs, New Psychoactive Substance and Solvent misuse
  • Don’t have sexual intercourse with anyone who is unable to give their consent because they are too drunk or under the influence of drugs. In Scots Law this is rape.
  • Look after bags and valuables. Attracting attention to a phone, especially when leaving a club under the influence of alcohol, makes you more vulnerable to criminals.
  • Make sure you have enough money left at the end of the night to pay for your journey home.
  • Stay alert at cash machines. Hide your PIN, be aware of who’s behind you and keep money out of view. Avoid using them if you’ve had too much to drink as you’ll be more vulnerable to being the target of a robbery.
  • For more information about safe partying and returning home from your night out safely please see Police Scotland advice https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/party-safe