Mental Health Issues

There are generally a lot of myths surrounding mental health and the term often comes with a stigma attached but we all have mental health just like we all have physical health and the state of each will vary from time to time. One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem and, for students and young people, it can have a massive effect on their education and their options for the future.

There are a lot of factors that can trigger mental health problems for young people - it can be stresses within college, issues at home or bereavements etc. The most commonly diagnosed mental health concerns are depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and eating disorders.

The designated officer will work closely with students to help them manage their academic studies and their mental health concerns, working closely with tutors and lecturers, relevant and specialist external agencies, health professionals and support workers to ensure the highest levels of support are achieved for the student and that their experience of college life and the support on offer is positive.