The New Normal: Looking after your health and wellbeing
The college is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, if you should have any concerns or would like to talk to someone, please go to main reception where you will be supported by a member of our BeSafe team – the BeSafe team are based in room E031. You can also contact the BeSafe team by calling 01952 642220 or email email@example.com
There is a great amount of uncertainty about the Coronavirus pandemic and with uncertainty it is understandable that we can all feel unsettled and unsafe. This can cause us to become worried and increasingly anxious.
Whilst the uncertainty may continue there are things that we can do to help manage our worries and anxiety.
Telford College has access to Togetherall – a free online mental health service available to all staff and students at Telford Collee
The service provides its users with a place of safety without judgement for people to support each other, whilst acknowledging mental health does not discriminate.
Togetherall will continue to provide clinical expertise and peer to peer support through a healthy community that is monitored 24/7 to keep its members safe. People who sign up to the service can anonymously access a range of tools and services, including self-assessment and recommended resources, creative tools to aid self-expression and self-guided courses.
Togetherall can be accessed via https://togetherall.com/en-gb/ where Telford College staff and students can join or sign in using their college email address.
Everyone needs to socialise! Although you can’t pop to your friend’s house, make sure you continue to connect with them online. Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d typically see in person. You can arrange phone calls, texts or online messages or team up with a classmate to discuss your work and swap revision notes.
Routines provide purpose and will help keep you motivated. With so much uncertainty, sticking to one can help you to maintain a sense of normality. It can also help reduce anxiety and troubling thoughts. You might want to add extra fun activities into your day but try to keep to your daily schedule too. Read our 7 Steps to Home Study Success…
Most of us don’t have at-home exercise equipment, but there are still activities you can do. Discover an activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Go on a walk or run, (if you have a dog, take your dog!) cycle, play a game, dance or do an online workout. Find a range of free exercises on YouTube e.g. PE with Joe!
Look after your body
Eat and drink healthily with plenty of fruit, vegetables and water, to help boost your immune system and energy levels. Take breaks throughout the day to talk to someone or do something you enjoy, especially when studying at home. Be aware of your screen time too – have a few hours a day where you’re not looking at a screen – call a friend, read a book or do an activity.
Do something nice for a friend or neighbour, thank someone, smile (even from a distance), reach out to someone who may be feeling lonely, or get involved in an event in your community (can you sew or craft? You could help our tutors support the NHS!). It can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
It's okay not to feel okay
If you are struggling, please do not feel you have to do so alone. It is important to stay connected to others, talk to classmates, friends or family about how you feel, or you can contact the BeSafe Team at college for support and advice for a range of issues.
The BeSafe team are available for any student that has a safeguarding concern or are struggling with their mental health and need to access our mentoring and counselling service.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01952 642220
For more information about the services we offer and how we can help, please visit the BeSafe page on Moodle
Top wellbeing tips from our students...
Set your pace
“Stay calm and focused on the end goal. Come up with a schedule that is suitable and realistic. Study in a calm environment so, you’re able to put your mind to your studies. Do things at a pace that suits you, and take weekends off!” Lindsey, student council member from Hadley
“Don’t worry too much – just work the same as you would in college or school. Stay focused, and talk to some friends when you can – you never know what one simple ‘hello’ can do for someone.” Ryan James-Nield, public uniformed services student, from The Rock
Keep in touch
“I’m keeping in touch online. think the Discord application is an excellent way of communicating with other students – but it is also a simple, easy and brilliant way of getting help from tutors and submitting our assignments.” Bilal, level two IT student, from Admaston
Additional resources for students and young people
The charity YoungMinds offers mental health help and support.
The charity Mind is offering information for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes in their lives
The Mix, essential support for under 25s. Chat 1-2-1 and access information from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
Bee U – Bee U is the emotional health and wellbeing service for young people, up to the age of 25, living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
Youth Access – The advice and counselling network for young people everywhere. You can also call 020 8772 9900.
Recharge are offering support and advice for addiction, recovery and hidden harm issues via phone. They’re providing one to one and group support via Zoom and taking referrals.
For adult students who may also be working, we recognise that you may have additional concerns including financial worries. Official advice about government support including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be found on gov.uk. Martin Lewis also supplies some useful tips on his Money Saving Expert website.
Some of our students are also single parents which can present additional challenges during these uncertain times. Gingerbread provides some useful tips and support to single parent families.
We recognise that some students at Telford College have their own children and the importance of providing a supportive environment for them. For help and advice on how to explain the situation to children, take a look at this useful advice from Young Minds and call their Parents Helpline if you feel you need extra support.
Advice on supporting children and young people’s mental health can also be found here.
Our tutors have been keeping in touch with vulnerable students and those with special educational needs to offer them support and resources for studying remotely but also regarding their general wellbeing at home during this time. Go Boardmaker is a powerful suite of special education solutions to help teachers, parents and children. Some useful blogs can be found on the website for example how to create a visual schedule to achieve wellbeing at home.
Wellbeing activities at home
Our online enrichment activities
We are committed to embracing and responding to the views of students and offering them the opportunity to have direct involvement in reviewing and shaping their own learning experience. We value your feedback so please complete our survey if you have a few spare minutes on your hands!
Driving test success
The college has access to a free online driver theory software called Driving Test Success anytime. For just £5 for three months subscription or £8 for six months, students will get unlimited access to the software. Hours spent using the software can included as enrichment hours. Email Dan.Blascyzk@telfordcollege.ac.uk for info.
British Sign Language
An opportunity for you to use this time to learn British Sign Language. A 20hr CPD certified course can be studied at your own pace and is a comprehensive introduction to BSL. Only £3 for full-time students – click here