HRC is committed to supporting the Mental Health of all within our community. Below is some advice and links if you or someone you know is struggling with their Mental Health.
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting yourself/themself, call 999.
Our Student Services team is there to provide support and assistance, outlined below are the services we offer:
Student Welfare Service at HRC: If you need support, help and advice that is confidential, non-judgemental and independent, you can contact your student welfare advisors to arrange an appointment.
maria kellatti (Broxbourne)
Phone: 01992 411420
Mobile: 07701 286589
Robin Spicer (Ware)
Phone: 01992 411974
Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) from East Hertfordshire Mental Health Support Team: If you are 16-18 years old and experiencing mental health difficulties such as low mood or anxiety. A member of the Student Welfare Team and Safeguarding Team can make a confidential referral to this service. The EMHPs normally offer a 6 week programme of one to one sessions.
Student Assistance Programme
Every student at HRC has access to our Student Assistance Programme (SAP). It offers a 24/7 free and confidential helpline- 0800 028 3766.
They can support on a variety of issues for example:
- Physical and mental wellbeing
- Stress & anxiety
- Legal issues
- Education pressures
The My Healthy Advantage app which you can find in both the iPhone and android app stores, offers ways to help improve your physical and mental health. Once you have downloaded the app use the code MHA195873 to activate.
Safeguarding at HRC: Ways you can report concerns you have for yourself or others include:
Moodle: Please click on the link on Moodle to report bullying, abuse, neglect or personal safety concerns or if you need any other help or support. Your message will be passed on to a member of the Safeguarding Team within Student Services who will respond to you directly to discuss your concerns.
IMPORTANT: If you want the safeguarding team to reply to your PERSONAL (non-college) email address, please include the email address in your message.
Teams safeguarding button: Clicking on this button that is on the left hand side of Teams will take you to information on how to report to the safeguarding team.
Your Tutor or any other staff: You can also report your concerns to your Personal Tutor or any member of staff.
If you feel you are in immediate danger you should report your concerns to the police.
Anonymously using Whisper: You can also report a safeguarding concern anonymously via Whisper, text 07860 021 323, at the start of your message enter HRC1 then write your message, we will not be able to see your number but will be able to reply. Or use the anonymous online form at https://swgfl.org.uk/whisper/hrc1/
@Hertfordshire and wider
Below are other services available in Hertfordshire and across the UK:
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) Offers support to young males struggling with low mood and suicidal thoughts. Their helpline runs daily 5PM – midnight, or you can use their webchat. Tel: 0800 58 58 58 www.thecalmzone.net
ChildLine Offers free, confidential counselling to under 19’s through their helpline and webchat. Tel: 0800 1111. www.childline.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire Supports the wellbeing of anyone aged 5-18 years who has experienced the death of a loved one. Leave a message on their 24hr helpline and they will contact you back. Tel: 01707 264293 www.cruse-hertfordshire.org.uk
FRANK Offers a 24-hour confidential helpline for young people with questions or concerns about alcohol or drugs, or you can chat online with advisors daily from 2pm – 6pm. Tel: 0300 123 6600 www.talktofrank.com
Health for Teens Offers advice for 11 – 19’s on topics ranging from emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships and physical health. You can select the Hertfordshire pages for up to date advice on local services. www.healthforteens.co.uk
Hector’s House This was set up by the family of Hector, who took his life in 2011. They want you to know that they care, and you are not alone. Their website offers advice on where to seek further support. www.hectorshouse.org.uk
KOOTH Provides free, anonymous online counselling for 10-25 year olds. Monday-Friday Midday-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm. www.kooth.com
Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide Offers support through their helpline (HOPElineUK) to anyone under 35 years that is having thoughts of suicide. They also offer advice if you are concerned for a friend, and how to support them. The helpline is open Mon – Fri 10am-10pm, Sat – Sun 2pm – 10pm. Tel: 0800 068 4141. Text: 07786 209 697 www.papyrus-uk.org
Self-Injury Support Provides a support and information text service for females under 24 years who are struggling with self-harm. Tel: 0808 800 8088 or TESS Text: 0780 047 2908 www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
Signpost offer confidential counselling for 10-25 year olds in West Hertfordshire. Tel: 01923 239 495 www.signpostcounselling.co.uk
Single Point of Access (SPA) SPA can put you in touch with the relevant NHS mental health service. If you call them they will help to direct you to the service most suited to your needs Tel: 0800 6444 101.
The Mix Information and support for the under 25s covering a range of topics including mental health. You can use their helpline or webchat from 11am-11pm daily. Telephone: 0808 808 4994 www.themix.org.uk
Young Carers in Hertfordshire Offer practical and emotional support to young people with caring responsibilities. www.ycih.org
Young Minds Provides information about all things mental health; from medication to coping strategies www.youngminds.org.uk
@Your phone or tablet
Childline For Me App: 'For Me' is the iOS app that puts Childline in your pocket. It's free, it's secure and it's designed by young people for young people. From advice to message boards, you can now get everything you need from Childline in an app. It's quick, easy and you can lock it with a PIN. You can use it to talk to Childline whenever - and wherever - you need to.
The For Me app is available on iOS but you'll need an iPhone 5 and iOS 9.0 or later to download it. You need 73.7MB of memory free. If you don't have space, try getting rid of some old apps you don't use anymore.
1-2-1 chat isn’t available on the For Me app right now, but you can still use your Childline account to chat to a counsellor the Childline website. You can also call for free on 0800 1111 or send an email.
For further information about the For Me App please click on the link: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have also provided information on a collection of Apps for young people, adults and families with their mental health and wellbeing, please click on the link for further information: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/apps-1