BCA Update from Student Services

Student Services

In these uncertain times, with the media spreading paranoia about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), those of us who struggle with mental health may feel particularly anxious. Even those of us who don’t have mental health issues can still feel anxious.

It is important that you understand what the government is doing in response to COVID-19 and the best source of information is from the government themselves:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

During the shut down, it is important that you have information of agencies that you can go to for help if you are struggling with your mental health. Below is a list of websites with great information about where to seek help. Please have a look and use the information that is there.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/finding-support/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

If you are experiencing a depressive episode or panic attacks, you may want to visit the following website that offers free, online counselling from professional therapists:

https://www.kooth.com/

If you need someone to talk to who will listen without judgment, you may wish to contact Samaritans via phone on 116 123, or visit their website::

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Should you experience any difficulty at home, or if you have any concerns or need advice while we are closed about any issue not addressed above, please feel free to email me at nick.iszakovits@bigcreative.education with a description of your issue and a phone number to contact you on.

There is no need to panic or be overly worried during this time. We all need to do our part to keep ourselves healthy and not infect anyone and the virus will eventually run its course.

– Nick Iszakovits, Interim Director of Student Services

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