Health & wellbeing
SRUC has a variety of support available for the physical and mental well-being of our students.
Your physical and mental health should be one of your top priorities whilst at college.
At SRUC, our aim is for you to feel confident to approach any member of staff if you are worried, distressed or in difficulty of any form.
Your physical health
You are strongly recommended to register with a local medical practice and/or College Doctor, who can give help, advice and support on all health related matters including health promotion issues, contraception, alcohol, drugs, HIV/AIDS issues, and stress.
Find tips on staying on top of your health and detailed campus medical and dental services contact information below.
If you are not sure about something, please contact your Education Office (listed below) for further guidance. HCI Forms (for help with NHS costs) are available from your campus' Education Office.
Your mental health
Headaches, stomach problems and lack of sleep may be signs of stress. Living with stress all the time increases the chances of becoming ill with depression or anxiety. Signs of other mental health difficulties include tearfulness, lack of energy, changes in mood and feeling hopeless.
If you have any of these signs, then seek some support. You can read more about how SRUC can help in our mental health guide.
Our trained and experienced team of staff and volunteers are here to provide emotional support by phone, email and text, 365 days a year. You can also share experiences with others in our online peer-led forum. If you’re struggling with mental illness, or you’re caring for someone and would like to get in touch, we’re here for you.
As a student at SRUC, we want you to keep yourself safe. Find below a link to Police Scotland’s student safety advice. Take some time to look this over and please ensure you speak to our Student Support Pastoral Officer if you have any concerns around your safety.
At some point during your studies, you may well have a question that needs answering.
- A financial problem
- A medical matter
- A vacation job
- A placement
- An accommodation worry
- A personal problem
- A sponsorship opportunity
- A programme-related issue.
No matter what the worry, help is at hand within SRUC and there are a number of members of staff that are happy to help.
Helping us to help you
Students should feel confident to approach any member of staff if they are worried, distressed or in difficulty of any form. All information will be given due respect and attention and will be acted on as appropriate. Whilst your rights to confidentiality will always be respected, there may be occasions when it is necessary for staff to contact external agencies, or your parents/carers.
All students are encouraged to declare any additional support requirements, health and mobility concerns, and mental health issues at the earliest stage possible. This would also apply to the experience of the care sector and caring responsibilities.
SRUC is experienced in working with students who tell us about a disability, health condition or additional support need. We help students who disclose:
- A learning difference like dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D;
- A visual impairment such as blindness or partial sight;
- A hearing impairment such as deafness or partial hearing;
- A long-term illness or health condition which may involve pain or cause fatigue, loss of concentration or breathing difficulties – including any effects from taking associated medication;
- A mental health condition, challenge or disorder such as anxiety or depression;
- A social, behavioural or communication impairment like an autistic spectrum condition or Tourette’s syndrome;
- A physical impairment or challenges with mobility such as climbing stairs or uneven surfaces, or dexterity such as using a keyboard or laboratory equipment;
- Other conditions or impairments that have a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Any consultation with the above members of staff is treated in absolute confidence and you will find them extremely sympathetic and understanding.
Should you require additional help and support from agencies or organisations outside the College system, then this can be arranged through the Faculty Office of the specific campuses.
Equalities, human rights and inclusion
SRUC is committed to valuing diversity, advancing equality of opportunity and respecting human rights in all aspects of our activities. All employees and students, in everything they do, must understand, recognise and accept their individual duties and responsibility in this regard. Discriminating, harassing or victimising others, whether intentionally or not, will not be tolerated and corrective action will be taken if the need arises. The protected characteristics of age, sex, race, disability, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief are the grounds upon which SRUC is fully committed to tackling discrimination, harassment and victimisation. We believe in advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive study environment where everyone gets the support they need.
Shared Service Delivery (SSD) can help students with a wide range of issues. Email us on email@example.com or call 0131 535 4444
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