Hugh Baird College


Posted 2nd May 2019.

Maintaining a your mental health and wellbeing is very important . It enables you to thrive in your work, social life and family life. Good mental wellbeing ensures you are resilient enough to cope with every day life challenges. However, we all experience times when we don’t feel emotionally healthy, this is completely normal. Sometimes we will feel emotionally well and unwell all in the same day! Being able to recognise these feelings and communicate them is a good way to ensure you manage your wellbeing.

The Government website gives us information about wellbeing, on this site they state:

‘Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish……. 5 actions to improve personal wellbeing [are]:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

These small suggestions can help and support you to feel positive and resilient. We all have mental health, just the same as we have physical health, we need to take case of our emotions in order to maintain positive mental health. However if you are feeling like your wellbeing is suffering at the moment come and speak to Student Services staff in POD. We have a dedicated pastoral team which consists of:

  • Janine Hopewell- Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Anthony O’Farrell- Student Counselor
  • Hannah Kelly- Student Counselor

In addition to the staff in the POD you will also notice that many staff across college have a green mental health awareness lanyard on. This lanyard signifies that those staff are here to help you should you feel you want to chat about your mental health. They can be approached at any time whilst you are in college and they will aim to support you or refer you to a service that can support. If you don’t feel able or ready to approach staff directly, thats OK. We have a range of support leaflets available to view below:


anger management




counselling guide


drink, drugs and tobacco

eating problems

exam anxiety

helping stress with sport



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