Mental health and wellbeing support

Last Updated 2 February 2021

Below are links to websites and pages for help and advice for wellbeing

Screen Free Thursday - 4 February 2021

On Thursday 4 February The Bedford Sixth Form students are being encouraged to take part in Screen Free Thursday. Please click here to see the challenge map of activities aimed at improving your wellbeing. 

We have been advised that another NHS Service is available for people that need urgent help with their mental health. Please see below more information about the service.

Dial NHS 111 option 2 when prompted for the mental health service.

NHS 111 puts your mental health first. It provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support.

If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health, you dial 111 and selecting option 2

What happens when I call?

The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need. They can offer advice over the phone, and also  put you in contact with our crisis services.

Who can call?

If you aren't able to make the call yourself, then anyone can call on your behalf - for example a friend, parents/carer, other family members.  The service is available to anyone, of any age.

Mental health crisis,  could include:

  • Changes to your mood
  • Withdrawing from people (close family, friends)
  • Not taking care of yourself like you usually would
  • Having increased thoughts about your life not being worth living
  • Feeling out of control or unable to cope
  • Feeling anxious about leaving the house
  • Thinking about harming yourself.

Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting the governments help and advice pages.

You can find information about:

  • feeling unsafe
  • going in to work
  • paying bills or being unemployed
  • getting food
  • having somewhere to live
  • mental health and wellbeing

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

Looking after your mental health

Exam/ Results Helplines

If after receiving your results you still have questions you can contact the College using LiveChat on our websites or contact the helplines below who will be able to help and advise:

  • General advice and guidance
    Student Services for any careers information and guidance or if you are unsure of your next step:
    • Bedfordshire Student Services: Email or telephone 01234 291770
    • Northamptonshire Student Services: Email or telephone 01536 413232.
    • LiveChat via College websites will also be monitored for enquiries about your results.
    • A virtual open day is being hosted by the College on results days. See the College website for more details.
  • The Bedford Sixth Form A-Level Results Helpline
    A-Level and AS Level students should call 01234 291291 for any additional advice after receiving results online on 13th
  • More information on the awarding process
    You can find more resources and information about this year’s awarding process via uk/guidance/your-results-what-next
  • Results, appeals, complaints and next steps
    The Exam Results Helpline can provide information on appeals, complaints, or what your next steps may be once you’ve received your results: 0800 100 900 Lines open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.
  • Ofqual
    0300 303 3344 uk/ofqual Lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, calls charged at your standard network rate.
  • Higher education
    For higher education questions, such as application and admissions, you may need to contact the relevant institution directly. UCAS can also provide information on university applications: 0371 468 0 468 com Lines open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm, calls charged at your standard network rate.
  • Mental Health Support
    Make sure you speak to somebody if you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health. This might be a parent, carer or someone else you trust.
    You can also contact
    Young Minds Text YM to 85258
    • Childline 0800 11 11
    • Your GP: call and ask for an emergency appointment.
    • NHS 111: they can assist in providing the mental health support you may need.