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Mental health support and advice

The Wellbeing Team at Loughborough College are on hand to support you in a variety of ways.

If you're already seeking support for mental health difficulties outside of College, we can work with you, and anyone involved in maintaining your wellbeing, to enable your studies and help you to progress towards your goals.

If you've never had support in this way, you can still meet with us. We'll support you in College and help you make contact with other services if appropriate.

This service is free, impartial, and confidential.

We'll make an initial appointment with you to discuss how we can help. This meeting will be very informal.

To arrange an appointment, call 01509 618313 or email support@loucoll.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can speak to your Progress Tutor, who will help you to make contact with us.

Inclusion

If you're in care, leaving care, or are a carer yourself, there is support available to assist with your transition to College life. We also offer support to young offenders who are going through rehabilitation. We can help you to find strategies for managing student life, provide information, and, if needed, access to other services within the College and local services.

We want to make sure that you're confident about what you need to do at College and want to support you to get the most of your time here. You'll have the opportunity to discuss any support needs in a private and confidential setting. With your permission, we can also liaise with your tutors to ensure they understand your needs.

Either talk your tutor or

Smoking

Did you know that there are over 4,000 chemicals in every cigarette and that nicotine (the addictive substance) is the least harmful of these? The sticky black substance, tar, contains the others and 60 of them are known to cause cancer. A 20-a-day smoker will spend around £20,000 buying cigarettes over the next 10 years. All that hard-earned cash going up in smoke! It's now common knowledge that smoking is harmful to your health but there are all sorts of other bad side effects. Although you may not notice it, smoking gives you bad breath, smelly hair, yellow fingers and teeth, and rapidly encourages the early signs of ageing.

Let us help you to stamp out smoking. The NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland Stop Smoking Service is completely free (prescription charges apply for medications, such as patches and gum, but are free if you don't pay for prescriptions). Getting this help means you're four times more likely to be able to kick the habit. We offer free, confidential support from experienced advisers, a free supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (if you're eligible), and you'll have access to support at a clinic near you.

Call 0845 045 2828 to find out more.

Feeling safe

We want you to be and feel safe at all times - at College, travelling to and from College, when you're out and about, when you're online, and when you're at home. If, for any reason, you don't feel safe, or you know someone who doesn't feel safe, please contact the College's Safeguarding Team on 07979 737474.

Be safe from:

Bullying
No one should say or do anything that makes you feel scared. You shouldn't be made to do anything that you don't want to do.

Discrimination
No one should treat you badly because of your age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Physical abuse
No one should cause you physical hurt or be violent towards you.

Sexual abuse
No one should touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. No one should make suggestive sexual remarks to you. Remember, we all have a right to healthy relationships.

Emotional abuse
You don't have to accept other people's opinions about you. No one should upset you by making hurtful remarks either in person, online, by text, or by email.

Neglect
You should not be neglected by whoever looks after you. You should feel cared for.

eSafety

We provide safe access to the Internet and digital technology to help students learn and achieve. Staying safe in the digital world is as important as staying safe in the real world.

Keep it private

Online - Make sure that you keep your own and other people’s personal information private. Adjust the privacy setting on your personal profiles so that you can control who views your pictures.
On your mobile - Don't give out your mobile number to people you don't know. Keep your security number or PIN private. Keep your mobile hidden when you're on the street.

Keep it cool

Online - If you are being bullied online, you have a right not to have to deal with it on your own. Save any bullying messages or conversations and show them to an adult you trust to help you deal with the problem.
On your mobile - If you start getting texts that upset or annoy you, don't reply. Keep a record and report the texts to an adult, network operator, or the police. You can also speak to a Learning Coach, a Counsellor, or member of the Safeguarding Team.

Keep it legal

Online - Be aware of the effects of your online activities. This includes illegally downloading media, as well as bullying others. You are not anonymous online and things can be traced back to you.
On your mobile- If you receive a rude or embarrassing picture or text about someone, don't pass it on. Sending sexual pictures of other young people by mobile phone is illegal.

Keep in mind

Online - Not everything you see or everyone you meet online is trustworthy. People you have met online are still strangers, no matter how long you have been talking to them. Anyone can put or say anything on the Internet.
On your mobile - Think before you send a picture or video from your phone. Don't give out anyone else's number or take a photo of them without their agreement.

Keep in control

Online - Adults who go online to chat to young people and arrange to meet in order to have sex are breaking the law. If a person you are speaking to online makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust, report it to the police, or contact the Safeguarding Team.
On your mobile - If you're uncomfortable about any pictures or messages that you're sent, keep a record of them as they could be used as evidence. Your network operator may be able to help against nuisance calls. You can also speak to a Learning Coach or member of the Safeguarding Team.

Remember … keep safe and healthy

If you need help, tell a member of College staff; this could be your tutor, Learning Coach, or one of the Student Engagement Officers by emailing engagment.mentor@epinal.loucoll.ac.uk or calling 01509 517 171 or calling the Safeguarding Team on 07979 737474.

Spirituality

The College has access to chaplains based over in the Centre for Faith and Spirituality on the University Campus who are often available for a coffee and a chat here at College. Everyone needs to stop sometimes and think about things. Chaplains are here to discuss any questions about your choices, your future, your beliefs, and your life.

For more information, visit the University's website.

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