Your health, both physical and mental, influences how you think, feel and behave; it affects your capacity to learn, communicate and form relationships.
It is important to recognise that wellbeing impacts how you adapt to change and life events. Maintaining positive wellbeing will play a role in your learning journey as you progress through BCFE.
Mental health diffi culties affect approximately 1 in 4 people and can adversely affect your ability to carry out day-to-day activities. In the current climate it is more important than ever to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Remember support is available within BCFE and through external bodies.
PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR COURSE COORDINATOR OR GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR IF YOU FEEL YOU WOULD BENEFIT FROM SPEAKING TO SOMEONE.
One Good Friend
Jigsaw are offering you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, confidence, and skills in supporting a friend’s mental health and wellbeing This online course will take approximately 1.5 hours online and can be completed at your own pace.
This course is designed to.
- Increase your feeling of confidence ininitiating support for a friends mentalhealth
- Develop your knowledge, understandingand skill sin order to best respond to and support a friendsneeds
- Increase your understand of boundaries and the important oflooking after your own mental health while supporting a friend.
Find this course at Jigsaw | One Good Friend (learnupon.com)
How to Maintain Positive Wellbeing
- Connect with friends, family, teachersand other supports.
- Create a routine and try to stick to it.
- Exercise regularly, especially walking.
- Attend college and go to classes.
- Create a study plan to help you stay ontop of your college workload.
- Keep regular, healthy sleep routines.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
- Avoid excess alcohol and othersubstances.
- Practice breathing exercises,relaxation techniques.
- Find a hobby you enjoy such as -reading a book, baking, cooking,painting, practicing yoga.
- Stay informed but set limits for socialmedia.
- Be kind to yourself and others.
IF YOU ARE USING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR AN EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION, IT CAN BE HELPFUL TO HAVE A PLAN TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES.
Things you can do include
- Have a list of the numbers of mentalhealth service and relatives or friendsyou can call if you need support.
- Keep taking any medication andcontinue to fill your prescription withsupport from your GP or medicalprofessional.
- Continue with any counselling orpsychotherapy sessions.
- Ensure that you get your informationfrom trusted sources.
- Practice relaxation techniques andbreathing exercises.
- If your condition worsens see yourDoctor or other health professional.
HSE Counselling in Primary Care CPSI
The Counselling in Primary Care is a service for medical card holders, who are 18 years of age or over, and who want help with psychological problems that are appropriate for time limited counselling in primary care. It is for people with mild to moderate psychological difficulties and is accessed through your GP. It is a short-term counselling service that provides up to 8 counselling sessions with a professionally qualified and accredited Counsellor/Therapist. The service is suitable for people who are experiencing certain difficulties such as:
- Panic reactions
- Relationship problems
- Loss issues
If you find yourself in a crisis you can visit your local Accident and Emergency Department.
Here to support you
In the wake of the distressing events in Dublin, we at City of Dublin ETB wish to express our concern for everyone affected and acknowledge the impact this may have on your wellbeing.
We strongly condemn the violence that occurred on Nov 23rd, 2023 and stand united against such acts.
City of Dublin ETB embraces diversity, and all our schools, colleges, centres and services are committed to creating an educational and workplace environment that fosters our values of respect, equality and inclusivity.
We remain dedicated to ensuring that every individual feels valued, respected, and supported.
We recognise the potential trauma last week’s events may have caused and encourage you to prioritise your safety and utilise the student support services available at your school or campus.
Stay safe and look after each other.
Christy Duffy and all members of the Senior Leadership Team,
City of Dublin ETB