In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you may find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Here at college we have a well-established Mental Health Team who can support you on your journey at college and ensure reasonable adjustments throughout your time here.
These can include:
- Specialist Mental Health for 1:1 support
- Adjustments with deadlines/coursework
- Exam considerations
- Access to Counselling
- Referral to external charities and support organisations
How do mental health conditions affect my learning?
Mental health difficulties affect the ability to learn, the way in which learning takes place, communication, socialising, ability to cope, friendships and relationships. Those experiencing mental health issues can be seen as passive learners. As such you will need encouragement to join in, as you do not wish to attract attention. You may need additional support from our Mental Health Team as well as academic support.
Those experiencing mental health issues are often anxious and you may have mood swings, days where you feel the burden of learning is overpowering and days when learning seems easy. You may have intrusive thoughts that interfere with concentration.
The side effects of medication may interfere with learning in many ways.
- You have greater anxiety than others about learning basic skills.
Concentration and memory:
- You may be affected by medication – short term memory may be particularly affected.
- Progress may be variable due to your mental health, with good days and bad days. This may have an impact on your attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
- This can be brought on by informal formal tests/mocks and exams, as well as finance and home life, resulting in poorer performance than expected.
Strategies to support learning for those with mental health conditions
- Communicate with your tutor and build up a relationship so that you can express if you are having a bad day and what the tutor can do to help support your needs.
- Extra study sessions may be available if you contact your tutor.
- We respect your privacy and ensure we meet in a private space to maintain confidentiality.
Managing your condition at college:
- Establish a relationship with your tutor (if you feel comfortable to do so) explaining how your condition affects you and what support you would like to help you with this.
- Communicate with your tutor/Mental Health Team seeking help before issues get too big.
- Agree time-out periods where you can leave the room for short times, if necessary. Identify a place or a room where the time out will be taken.
- During the time out take the chance to have a drink of water, which may be important to avoid dehydration (caused by some medications).
Teaching and learning styles:
- Explain how best you learn and style of learning (this may have been successful in the past).
- During tutorials update the tutor on how you are coping both when things are going well and when you are struggling.
- Early interventions will enable you to continue at College and feel supported.
- Using handwriting frameworks may be useful to get you started and focused on written work.
- You may be entitled to exam concessions:
Access arrangements are given based on evidence of your need and your normal way of working. You may be eligible for and not limited to:
- Extra time
- Reader or computer reader
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate room
Your wellbeing is important to us.
Wellbeing is about the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy - and for creating the conditions for us all to thrive.
At Bradford College we believe that wellbeing is essential to you being healthy and happy, which in turn helps you to become a successful student. If students are able to find support, advice and information and to develop coping skills for life, they are more likely to continue with and be successful in their academic studies, enjoy their student experience and contribute more positively to student life.
It’s important to notice when your mental wellbeing may be slipping, so that you can take action to boost it.
Our Student Wellbeing team provides one-to-one support, information, advice, and workshops to support your mental wellbeing, so you can manage your studies and make the most of college life.
The office is open from Monday to Thursday 8.30am am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Room 9, First Floor, David Hockney Building.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing and or the safety of a student or others, you can phone 01274 088999 or email [email protected]. You will be able to discuss the concern and advice on next steps will be provided
If you have a safeguarding concern out of office hours, you can call 101, or Bradford Social Care Emergency Duty team on 01274 431010. Bradford College Security are on site until 9.30pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 01274 088090. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 999.