Health and Well-Being

We want you to have a happy and healthy experience while at College. Your physical and mental health is very important while you are studying.

Sport and Healthy Living

Here are a few tips

Take regular exercise

Being physically active is a great way to improve not only your physical health, but your mental health.  Check out the Sports noticeboard at Main Site for updates on College sports competitions or ask Sue at the Allen for more information.

Eat well

The cafes at both sites provide a range of homemade, healthy food options at competitive prices and free porridge is also on offer or pack your own lunch to save money.

Relationships and Sexual Health

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are on the increase. It is crucial you understand the risks associated with sex and make sure you’re protected. Go along to one of the local, free and confidential sexual health clinics to have your STI health check.

The NHS run a clinic at College on Tuesdays, 12-1pm in the First Aid Room, 1st Floor, Main Site. The Free Condom Scheme (C-Card) is available from Student Services throughout the week.

Call the number below to be directed to, or given an appointment with, a service which can help you with contraceptives, chlamydia screening and assessment or treatment for STIs.

A local rate telephone number is now available to direct you to the best service for your needs – 0845 658 3131

Sexual health treatment and advice is available in a variety of settings across Cumbria, including GP surgeries, community pharmacies, GUM, contraceptive services, and Inspira.

Useful Links
The Site
Chlamydia Test Kits & Local Sexual Health Clinics – Best 2 Know
NHS Live Well

Drugs and alcohol

There are a number of local services that provide support for people affected by drug addiction or alcohol dependency:

If you are under 18, the NHS offer appointments at Maude Street Surgery in Kendal. Contact Melody Treasure via her mobile: contact 07785361043 or email melody.treasure@cumbria.nhs.uk. She offers information about stopping, harm reduction and relapse prevention. She offers a range of support and can refer to adult services if the young person is approaching 18.

If you are over 18, adult drug services is provided by UNITY: 01539 742780. CADAS also work with 18+ and their number is 01539 742615.

Local services:
NHS for under 18s
UNITY
CADAS

National Services:

Confidence and Emotinal Wellbeing

Self confidence means that you believe in your own abilities.
Self confidence is when you know your strengths and weaknesses. You have belief in yourself and your abilities to succeed. Self confidence comes from having a good self esteem. Self esteem is the idea that you have about yourself, it’s how much you value yourself and how important you think you are. If you are feeling good about yourself, you celebrate your strengths and accept your weaknesses.
Have a look at the below weblink for more info:Self Confidence 

How we feel about ourselves can affect how we perceive things. E.g:

A (Action) + B (Belief) = C (Consequence) – (Belief – what you tell yourself)

e.g.
A – a friend ignores you in the corridor.
B – she doesn’t like me anymore.
C – feel upset and down, avoid her, tension begins between you.

OR

A – a friend ignores you in the corridor.
B – she’s in a world of her own, I hope she’s okay.
C – feel fine, see her later, she’s just stressed, arrange a night out.

Useful Links
The Site – great all-round website
MIND – How to increase your self esteem

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans

A new LGBT Club is being set up in College. For more information speak to Liz in Student Services or email her at elizabeth.ashton@kendal.ac.uk.

There is lots of useful information on the below link:

The Site

The below weblinks are also good:

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation

Lancashire LGBT

Smokefree

The College has a variety of resources available to students thinking of stopping or reducing the amount they smoke. Please ask at Reception for more information.

The NHS website below offers tips, tools and challenges. Check it out:

Smokefree Website

Mental Health

Coming to College can be a very exciting and rewarding time. It can also be a time of change and stress and there may be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting your life and studies. This additional stress can have a detrimental affect on your mental health.

Mental health is a positive term, but it is often misunderstood to mean mental illness. The two are not the same but they are closely connected. Having good mental fitness and wellbeing is at the heart of good mental health just as physical fitness is at the heart of good physical health.

There is a lot fear and stigma surrounding the word ‘mental’, however, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem at some point in our lives. If you are experiencing difficulties do not be afraid to seek help.

There are a number of ways you can access support:

  • Speak to a member of staff – a tutor, Learning Services, Student Services etc. They can put you in touch with our College Mentor.
  • See your GP.
  • Talk to your friends and family.