GET HEALTHY NOW
Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award
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FOR SPORTS & ACTIVITY
Scottish Mental Health Charter
Find about our involvement
CUT THE STIGMA

Look After Your Mental Health

There is often a lot of confusion about what we mean when we talk about mental health. Many people immediately start thinking about mental health problems or mental illness – but this is only one part of the picture… Everyone has ‘mental health’ and this can be thought of in terms of:

Not being able to study and go to College as normal

Our ability to make and keep friends and relationships

Our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally

Being mentally healthy is also about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face at times in our lives – to have confidence and self-esteem, to be able to take decisions and to believe in ourselves.

LEARN ABOUT IT

What Is Mental Health?

It’s important to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, so that you can get the most out of your studies. Here at Dundee & Angus College we take your health and wellbeing very seriously and want your experience to be one to remember. In light of this we have various dedicated teams to help you access wellbeing promoting activities whether that being events, clubs or helpful resources.

Across the year we engage in multiple award schemes to ensure the work we are delivering remains coherent with the needs of our students as well as key national themes. Throughout your time at college you will see and hear about our involvement in the Scotland Mental Health Charter for sports & physical activity as well as our involvement in the Scottish Student Sport & NUS Scotland Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award.

Our health provision sees us dedicate our time to the following core topic

Smoking Prevention / Reduction (In line with our Clean Air Campus policy) As seen within the sections below, there are a range of FREE supportive resources and events which you can access across the year. Should you wish to discuss wellbeing with a member of the Sports Union, Student Association or Student Services team please find contact details within the advice section on the main landing page.

Mental Health

Healthy Eating

Sports & Physical Activity

THE DETAILS

Mental Health Facts & Figures

  • 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
  • Doctors believe the majority of people suffering a mental health problem do not seek help
  • Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder, effecting almost 9% of people the UK
  • Due to Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression cases rise by 7% during the winter months
COPE BETTER

Dealing With Lifes Ups & Downs

Having said that we all have mental health, it’s also important to understand when you might need to get some help or support with how you are feeling – or to know when perhaps you may be experiencing a more serious problem. It is quite normal to sometimes feel worried, anxious or upset when things don’t go as you hope – everyone faces pressure in their lives at certain times and these can include:
  • Exams
  • Work and getting a job
  • Growing up and becoming more independent from your family
  • Making up (and breaking up) with friends
You can find more information to help if you are feeling stressed or under pressure from any of these things in our mental health tips.
KNOWING WHEN TO SEEK SUPPORT

What To Look Out For

Worries, anxieties and difficult feelings are all part and parcel with mental health. If these start to interfere with everyday life, it may be time to seek advice and/or help.

Possible signs include

Not being able to study and go to College as normal

Not being able to seat or sleep normally

Not going out with friends or taking part in favourite hobby

Having a low mood over a prolonged period of time

Acting out of character

Get in touch if we are missing anything

HELP YOURSELF

Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Managing mental health can be difficult at times, it is important to recognise there are methods and things you can do to help maintain or improve your mental health. Read the flip cards below to find out some of these.

Eating Well

Knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.

Visit https://www.mind.org.uk for more information or the Sports Union page for FREE healthy recipes.

Being Active

As little as 10 minute bouts of exercise can help to relieve stress. Engaging in physical activity is shown not only to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, but can often help you think clearer.

Visit our Sports Union page to find out how you can get more active.

Sleeping Well

sleeping has a significant influence on our mental health, a lack of sleep can lead to becoming even more stressed. Get yourself into a good routine and remove possible distractions.

Relaxing & Having Fun

sometimes taking time out is much needed, take some time out to do something you like.

Take Time To Talk

sometimes a chat is all that is needed to relieve your worries. Talk out your concerns with a friend or nip in for a chat and a cuppy in the SA office.

Music Therapy

Music can be a great way to escape your worries, why not listen to an album or get a free Spotify account and start listening.

Colour Therapy

colour therapy can be a great way to unwind, why not download an app or visit the Students’ Association to grab a colouring book for FREE.

Anything Else?

If there are any other idea’s you find can help when you’re feeling down and we have missed them, feel free to get in touch with your recommendation.
THE UPS AND DOWNS

Student Life

Studying is likely to bring a number of changes to your life. Hopefully it should be enjoyable and interesting, but it can also be challenging – especially if you’re also living with a mental health problem. You might face challenges such as:

Meeting And Working With New People

Over the course of the year you are going to meet a number of people, some likeminded, some not. It is important to embrace your college journey and learn from the people you meet along the way.

Assessments, Exams and Deadlines

Work out how you are going to plan for your exam or assessment, leave plenty of time to prepare, plan and pass!

Managing Finances

Dedicated Student Services Team in all of the campuses to discuss and help anyone who is facing financial hardship.

Balancing Studies & Other Commitments

If you plan, you will become more confident, better prepared, and more relaxed.

Contact Us

  • 0300 123 1010
  • craig.nicoll@dundeeandangus.ac.uk
  • john.king@dundeeandangus.ac.uk
  • Gardyne Campus | Gardyne Road Dundee | DD5 1NY

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