Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May

Getting the better of exam time and end of year deadlines

This week marks MHAW17- a national campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation to help raise awareness of mental health issues. If someone told you they were enthused about their upcoming exams and could not wait for them to start, you may just regard them with raised eyebrows.

More often than not, stress is likely to creep up during this time and can sometimes manifest itself in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Some students find the pressure of examinations and coursework more challenging than others. Having a quick chat about feelings and emotions can help.

Exam stress can start when you feel you can’t cope with revision and/or coursework, or feel pressure from your College or family. Similarly, it can be scary to talk about stress or anxiety. 

Although the College has celebrated outstanding achievements by many past and present students and understands that this is the culmination of hard work and determination from the students, Stanmore knows that the journey they sailed through wasn’t easy. 

At Stanmore, Student Services offers a free and confidential counselling service for all students. Students can self-refer or may be referred by their personal tutors or subject tutors. The service provides a quiet and safe place where students can talk to a qualified counsellor about any issues concerning them. The Counsellor sees students with a wide range of issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood, depression, eating disorders and many others. 

Students can approach someone in the following ways:

Ø  Go to Student Services or Mentor room located in the Oak building.
Ø  They can fill in a ‘chat card and put it in the chat box in Students Services, Learning Centre or Social Learning Centre and someone contacts them back. 

Externally, students can contact:

Ø  Childline- 0800 1111
Ø  Samaritans- 116 123

Stanmore College wishes the best to all students studying for their exams and end of year projects, and looks forward to hearing stories of their outstanding success.

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