Huddersfield New College today revealed that it is offering students a range of additional mental and well-being support during lockdown, including a weekly virtual drop-in session.
Students at HNC can access a wide range of mental and well-being support ranging from special focus weeks on a wide range of health and mental well –being topics to the option to make individual appointments with the College’s Student Well-being Manager to access personalised support.
Although students are learning remotely, a special MS Teams group offers access to regular tips and ideas. To enhance this package of support, the College has just launched a new weekly live well-being Q&A session which students can join to receive advice on any topic. Led by the College’s Student Well-being Manager Rebecca Charlton, each session offers some top tips, and sees Rebecca answer questions and sharing her advice on a diverse range of topics, as well as providing an opportunity to hear more about how fellow students are coping. Of course, students are still able to make individual appointments where required or where they may want to share information on a one to one basis.
This will be complemented by drop in sessions led by the Student Well-being Team. Students in these voluntary roles are running monthly drop-in sessions where they are sharing advice on a range of topics and activity ideas, and providing students a chance to informally chat about their lockdown experiences on a peer to peer basis. The first one will be hosted at the end of January and students can find out more via Moodle News Bites.
Rebecca Charlton, Student Well-being Manager comments: “Our Student Welfare service is not only for those who may be struggling, but also has a core focus on helping students to take positive steps to maintaining good mental and physical well-being. During lockdown we have found new and innovative ways to continue to support all of our young people, which includes individual appointments via phone and MS Teams, virtual events and focus weeks."
"Our new drop in and chat sessions are a more informal opportunity to get some advice, and also hear about how fellow students are coping during the latest lockdown. Our first week was really successful, with questions on everything from maintaining a healthy weight to the challenges of relationships in lockdown, and of course tackling low mood. Many of our students tell us it is a useful way to ask a quick question that they don’t feel they need an appointment for and of course for some, it is a great way to just let off steam about how they are feeling! Many of our students have also told us that it has helped them to understand they are not alone in how they feel, and motivated them to take action about how they are feeling before it has the chance to become a more serious problem. All students are welcome and there is no pressure to ask a question – I look forward to hosting our next one!”
Students can find out more on the MS Teams Student Welfare group.