You’re never alone at Walsall College. There’s always someone to turn to if you need advice.

Coronavirus

In mind of the current situation and advice regarding the coronavirus we want to make sure that our students in college are safeguarded and that our team is contacted in the most appropriate and effective. It is important that our students are supported as quickly as possible if they are concerned about their wellbeing and need some immediate support.

This means using the email address safeguardingteam@walsallcollege.ac.uk for all referrals and notifications from staff and self-referrals by students. This also includes requests for support from our two counsellors, rather than going to Wisemore Reception.

Over the next week or so the situation may change again and in light of this possibility please see a number of website links for our students for any support or advice that they may need:

www.youngminds.org.uk – telephone 0808 802 5544 Weekdays 9.30am until 16.00) – a leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.

www.kooth.com – provides free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat based services.

www.mind.org.uk – national mental health charity which offers support and a range of materials on all aspects of mental health.

www.samaritans.org – telephone 116 123 any time of day or night – a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK for those feeling distress or despair which may lead to suicide.

www.rethink.org – provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them – advice line

www.themix.org.uk – provides a judgement free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health – there is support via phone, email, web chat, peer to peer and counselling services

www.anxietyuk.org.uk – 08444 775 774 (weekdays 9.30-17.30) – helps those experiencing anxiety disorders – self-help groups, counselling, email support

www.nopanic.org.uk – youth helpline 0330 606 1174 – Weekdays 15.00-18.00) =- registered charity which helps people who experience panic attacks, phobias, OCD and related anxiety disorders.

www.anxorexiabullimiacare.org.uk – Telephone 03000 11 12 13 – national eating disorder organisation – provides personal advice and support to anyone experiencing all kinds of eating distress.

www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk – self harm support from a UK wide charity – text line support as well as email.

Safeguarding

We’re passionate about safeguarding our students. Safeguarding at Walsall College is everyone’s business, and we will do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe.

If you are worried about yourself or another person being affected by bullying; cyber bullying; anxiety or depression; self-harming; discrimination; substance abuse; homelessness; radicalisation; sexual exploitation; emotional or mental wellbeing please call reception on 01922 657000 or email safeguardingteam@walsallcollege.ac.uk.

Sexual health

A Walsall Community Health nurse provides regular sexual health clinics on-campus. You can attend these clinics to receive confidential advice on any aspects of sexual or reproductive health. To book an appointment call 01922 657000.

Counselling

Talking to someone is often the first stage of feeling better, so if you’re having a tough time, don’t forget that we have a trained counsellor who can help you.

To make a booking, call the counsellor directly on 01922 657000. You can also book at reception, speak to your tutor or email Melanie Jones at melaniejones@walsallcollege.ac.uk or Lyndsey Shuker at lshuker@walsallcollege.ac.uk.

There’s also a team of staff based in the SU office, who are on hand to provide you with practical help and support.